Mary, Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood (1897 -1965)

Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary was the third child, but only daughter, of George V and Mary of Teck. On 28 February 1922, she married Viscount Henry George Charles
Lascelles (1882–1947), the elder son of the 6th Earl of Harewood, and Lady Florence Bridgeman, daughter of Orlando Bridgeman, 3rd Earl of Bradford of Weston Park. They had two sons, George, the future 7th Earl of Harwood, and Gerald. It was later reported that she did not want to marry Lord Lascelles, and that her parents forced her into an arranged marriage.
The couple lived firstly at Goldsborough Hall in Yorkshire, then, on the elevation of her husband to the earldom, at Harewood House. There Mary took a keen interest in the interior decoration and renovation of the Lascelles family's seat. On 1 January 1932, George V declared that his only daughter should bear the title Princess Royal, succeeding her aunt Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife who had died the previous year.
Princess Mary's public duties reflected her concerns with nursing, the Girl Guide movement, and the Women's Services. In 1926, Princess Mary became the commandant-in-chief of the British Red Cross Detachments. During World War II Mary was active in various womens’ groups and charitable organizations. In 1956 she was granted the honorary rank of general in the British Army.
After her husband's death in 1947, the Princess Royal lived at Harewood House with her elder son and his family. She became the chancellor of the University of Leeds in 1951, and continued to carry out official duties at home and abroad.
On 28 March 1965 the Princess Royal suffered a fatal heart attack during a walk in the grounds of the Harewood House estate. She was 67 years old. She was buried at Harewood after a private family funeral at York Minster.

Seat / Residence(s): Harewood House, Yorkshire
Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Mary, Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood  (1897 - 1965) (Stamp 1) Monogram: M
Coronet: Royal princess
Mary, Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood  (1897 - 1965) (Stamp 2) Monogram: M
Coronet: Royal princess