George Henry Hubert Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood, died at his home yesterday. He was 88.
Lord Harewood was born in London in 1923. He was the eldest son of Viscount Lascelles, heir to the earldom of Harewood, and of Princess Mary, King George V’s only daughter.
He went to school at Eton then joined the Grenadier Guards in 1942. He was wounded and captured in Italy in 1944 and spent the rest of the war in Colditz prisoner of war camp. After the war he read English at King's and graduated in 1948, a year after he had inherited his family estate. He was made an Honorary Fellow of King's in 1988.
He is best known for his patronage of the arts, in particular opera. He was chairman of the board of English National Opera, founded the Opera North company and edited Kobbé’s Complete Opera, the standard operatic reference book.
He was also a lifelong football fan. He served as president of Leeds United from 1961 until his death and was president of the Football Association from 1963 to 1972.
He published his autobiography, The Tongs and the Bones, in 1981.