Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Harewood
Henry Lascelles, Earl of Harewood.jpg
Personal details
Born (1882-09-09)9 September 1882
London, England
Died 24 May 1947(1947-05-24) (aged 64)
Harewood House, Yorkshire
Spouse(s) Mary, Princess Royal
Children George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood
The Hon Gerald Lascelles

Henry George Charles Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood, KG GCVO DSO TD (9 September 1882 – 24 May 1947), styled The Honourable Henry Lascelles before 1892 and Viscount Lascelles between 1892 and 1929, was a British soldier, peer and a Yorkshire landowner. He was the son-in-law of King George V and Queen Mary.


Lascelles was the son of Henry Lascelles, 5th Earl of Harewood and Lady Florence Bridgeman.

Military career[edit]

Lascelles attended the Royal Military College before being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Grenadier Guards on 12 February 1902.[1] He went on to command the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards during the First World War.

Marriage and family[edit]

A 1922 wedding portrait of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles

Lord Harewood married Princess Mary, only daughter of King George V of the United Kingdom and Queen Mary, at Westminster Abbey, on 28 February 1922. His best man was Sir Victor Audley Falconer Mackenzie, 3rd Bt.[2]

The bride's attendants were:

After their marriage, Lord and Lady Harewood split their time between two homes, Chesterfield House (destroyed after the Second World War) in London and Goldsborough Hall, North Yorkshire which became their family homes throughout the 1920s. They had two children:

Lord Harewood, a Freemason, served as Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England from 1942-47. He died at the age of 64 at his home, Harewood House.


Lord Harewood's arms[3]

Harry Gray named his then new 1921 Burrell 8 N.H.P. Scenic Showman's Engine Lord Lascelles after him, an engine that still exists and is regularly rallied.

It is also widely understood that Virginia Woolf based the character of Archduke Henry on him in her novel Orlando, a tribute to her lover Vita Sackville-West. Henry Lascelles was one of West's suitors.[4]

Styles from birth to death[edit]

  • 9 September 1882 – 24 June 1892: The Hon. Henry Lascelles
  • 24 June 1892 – 6 October 1929: Viscount Lascelles
  • 6 October 1929 – 24 May 1947: The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Harewood



  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27405. p. 846. 11 February 1902.
  2. ^ "'The Wedding of 6th Earl of Harewood and Princess Mary'". National Portrait Gallery, London. 
  3. ^ Maclagan, Michael; Louda, Jiří (1999), Line of Succession: Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe, London: Little, Brown & Co, p. 27, ISBN 1-85605-469-1 
  4. ^ sparknotes.com

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Harewood
Lord Lieutenant of the West Riding of Yorkshire
Succeeded by
The Earl of Scarbrough
Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert Crewe-Milnes
Chancellor of the University of Sheffield
Succeeded by
E. F. L. Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Kent
Grand Master of the
United Grand Lodge
of England

Succeeded by
The Duke of Devonshire
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Lascelles
Earl of Harewood
Succeeded by
George Lascelles