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These lovely boys

The October 17 1927 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained these photographs of two boys who were relatives of the King and Queen of England:

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These two boys were first cousins of Queen Elizabeth II.

George Lascelles (1923-2011), who eventually became the 7th Earl of Harewood, was sixth in line to the throne of England when he was born, and 46th when he passed away (these things happen). He was a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II; Hitler sentenced him to death, but the general in charge of POW camps refused to carry out the execution, as the war was lost.

In 1967, he caused a scandal when his mistress gave birth to his son; this put an end to his first marriage. His primary interests were opera and soccer: he was a two-time director of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and chairman of the board of the English National Opera, and he was the president of the Leeds United club from 1961 until his death.

Gerald Lascelles (1924-1998) seems to have led a less eventful life. He was president of the British Racing Drivers Club and a jazz enthusiast.

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