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Signature of Henry Charles George, Viscount Lascelles and Princess Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood cut from a larger document 6 x 3-1/2 inches.
Henry George Charles Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood, KG, GCVO, DSO, TD, JP, DL styled The Honourable Henry Lascelles before 1892 and Viscount Lascelles between 1892 and 1929, was a British soldier, peer, and a landowner. He was the husband of Mary, Princess Royal, and thus a son-in-law of King George V and Queen Mary and a brother-in-law to Edward VIII and George VI. It is 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. In the 2019 film Downton Abbey, Viscount Lascelles is played by Andrew Havill.
Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary was a member of the British royal family. She was the only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, and aunt of the current British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. In the First World War, she performed charity work in support of servicemen and their families. She married Viscount Lascelles (later the Earl of Harewood) in 1922, and they had two sons, George, 7th Earl of Harewood and The Honourable Gerald Lascelles. The couple regularly rode with the Bramham Moor Hunt, among many other involvements in Yorkshire life. She was awarded the title Princess Royal in 1932, and in World War II, she was Controller Commandant of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS).