Royal Interest : Princess Mary, HRH The Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood
The Box, England c1840, The Gift 1946





 The rectangular caddy with alternating bands of rosewood and bird's eye maple,

the ends having with turned rectangular upright handles,

the base with a paper label inscribed in pen :


Given to Flora Davis (?)


H.R.H. The Princess Royal

Christmas 1946


Condition : Excellent


3.5" High, 11.5" Long, 8" Deep






Princess Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood

(Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary; 25 April 1897 – 28 March 1965) a member of the British Royal Family.


 Princess Mary was the third child and only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary.

She was the sixth holder of the title of Princess Royal. 

Mary was styled Her Highness Princess Mary of York from birth, 

later changed to Her Royal Highness by her great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

She became HRH Princess Royal upon her father's accession as King in 1932. 

As there can be only one living Princess Royal, this title could not be conferred to her young niece, now Queen Elizabeth II. 


She has acted as ruling Counsellor of State (as joint regent) during the reigns of both King George VI

and Queen Elizabeth,

in 1939, 1943, 1944, 1947, 1951, 1951, 1956 and 1957.


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Princess Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood,

by James Jebusa Shannon, from the book "Princess Mary's Gift Book, published 1914


Princess Mary was married to the 6th Earl of Harewood, Henry Lascelles.

Her brothers included the abdicating Edward VIII Duke of Windsor, and King George VI.

During World War I, Princess Mary visited hospitals and welfare organizations with her mother; assisting with projects to give comfort to British servicemen and assistance to their families. One of these projects was Princess Mary's Christmas Gift Fund, through which £100,000 worth of gifts was sent to all British soldiers and sailors for Christmas 1914.

Her interests and public duties reflected her concerns with nursing, the Girl Guide (Girl Scout) movement, and the Women's Services. She became honorary president of the British Girl Guide Association in 1920, a position she held until her death.


At the outbreak of World War II, the Princess Royal became chief controller and later controller commandant of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS, renamed the Women's Royal Army Corps in 1949). 

She carried further responsibilities as the president of Papworth, air chief commandant of Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service (1950) and received the honorary rank of general in the British Army (1956).

Also, in 1949, the 10th Gurkha Rifles were renamed the 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles in her honour. 

 In 1951 she became the chancellor of the University of Leeds.

She was mother of two sons, George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood, and  Gerald Lascelles.






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