George Lascelles, the 7th Earl of Harewood, grandson of King George V, and the Queen’s first cousin has died.
Harewood House in Leeds, Yorkshire, is a place I’ve visited many times, but I didn’t know of the Earl’s interesting history.
He was a captain in WWII and was shot by a German patrol, the bullet just missing his heart. He was taken as a prisoner to Olfag IV-C (Colditz) and Hilter signed his death warrant, but a SS officer, thinking the war lost, released him to the Swiss.
He inherited the earldom aged just 24 and had to sell land around the Harewood estate to pay for the death tax duties. But he continued to make the estate and house pay for itself with wise programs to keep it profitable.
Married twice, (the second time to an Aussie!) his son David now becomes the 8th Earl.
To read more about this fascinating man and the grand estate, visit these links: