Patricia Lascelles, Countess of Harewood

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The Right Honourable
The Countess of Harewood
Personal details
BornPatricia Elizabeth Tuckwell
(1926-11-24)24 November 1926
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died4 May 2018(2018-05-04) (aged 91)
Harewood House, Leeds, England
RelativesBarry Tuckwell (brother)
OccupationViolinist, former fashion model

Patricia Elizabeth Lascelles, Countess of Harewood (née Tuckwell; 24 November 1926 – 4 May 2018) was an Australian-British violinist and fashion model. She was the widow of George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood, eldest paternal first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.

Early life and career[edit]

She was born in Melbourne, the daughter of Charles Tuckwell, an organist,[1] and his wife Elizabeth, and an older sister of Barry Tuckwell.[2]

After being educated privately, she pursued a career in music as a violinist for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

She was also a fashion model and a favourite model of Athol Shmith, who became her first husband. While they were married, Patricia often modeled for him, under the name Bambi Smith. In 1951, she was one of the founders of the Mannequins' Association of Victoria.[3][4] She ran the Bambi Smith Modelling College in Melbourne. Her alumnae include such notables as Roma Egan. After the opening of Melbourne's first television station, HSV-7, on 4 November 1956, she appeared on a number of early programs, including Beauty is My Business, in which her co-host was Mary Parker.

Personal life[edit]

On 7 July 1948, she married Athol Shmith in Melbourne, and they had one son, Michael (b. 1949), now a senior journalist for The Age. The couple divorced in 1957.

She later married George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood, on 31 July 1967 at New Canaan, Connecticut (USA). The couple had met in Italy in 1959.[5] They had one son, Mark, who was born on 5 July 1964, while the Earl was still married to the first Countess, Marion Stein.[2][6][7]

Countess of Harewood[edit]

As Countess of Harewood, she helped manage the family seat Harewood House in Yorkshire, developing it as a centre for bird conservation and expanding it as a visitor attraction.

She was patroness of the Huntington's Disease Association.[8] She was Club Patron of Leeds United from 2011 until 2017 when she was named Honorary President of the club; her late husband had been President of Leeds United from 1961 until his death.[9]

The Countess died at Harewood House on 4 May 2018.[10]


  1. ^ [1] Tuckwell, Charles. "When wattles bloom [music] / music by Charles Tuckwell ; words by A.I. Mockendge", University Library Catalogue of the University of Melbourne, 1931-1940.
  2. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "Patricia Elizabeth Tuckwell profile". Retrieved 25 January 2010.[unreliable source]
  3. ^ "Patricia Tuckwell 1947". The Good, The Great & The Gifted. National Gallery of Australia. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Bambi comes home with her Earl". The Age. Google News Archive. 3 February 1970. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  5. ^ "The countess who tried to teach cockatoos to speak Australian". Sydney Morning Herald.
  6. ^ Hauptfuhrer, Fred (8 June 1981). "Publicly Shunned for Years, the Earl and Countess of Harewood Get a Royal Welcome". People. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Wife Divorces Queen's Cousin". The Montreal Gazette. Google News Archive. 7 April 1967. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  8. ^ "HDA Homepage". Huntington's Disease Association. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
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  10. ^ "Dowager Countess of Harewood Patricia Lascelles dies". BBC News.

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