Royal wedding staged at Harewood House

YORKSHIRE hosted its own royal wedding at Harewood House.

Benjamin Lascelles, 30, second child of Viscount Lascelles, heir to the Harewood earldom, married Carolina Velez Robledo, a Colombian, right, in a civil ceremony in the Gallery at Harewood House.

The couple celebrated with clear blue skies and glorious sunshine and the wedding was followed by a champagne reception. Their engagement had been announced last month.

Mr Lascelles's grandfather George Lascelles, the seventh Earl of Harewood, is the Queen's cousin.

Benjamin and Carolina's marriage received the Declaration of Consent from the Queen during a meeting of the Privy Council in February.


Saturday's ceremony was the first time Harewood House used its new wedding marquee.

Benjamin, a film producer, whose official title is Hon Benjamin Lascelles, has inherited 75m, according to a list in the Guardian newspaper.

His grandfather is credited as a populariser of grand opera through his work for the Royal Opera House.

Benjamin's father, Viscount Lascelles, has continued the musical tradition and is president of the Leeds Young Musicians.

With his grandfather still alive, Benjamin had little prospect of seeing a seat in the Lords for another 30 years. But he still has the beautiful Harewood House and estate, together with priceless art treasures, to look forward to.

His grandfather, who did not take the oath and neither sat nor voted in the last session of Parliament, is a cousin of the Queen.

The recent moves to repeal succession laws, could see Yorkshire's royalty leapfrog 20 others to become significantly closer to inheriting the throne.

If the changes still being considered eventually become law and are retrospective, then the Earl of Harewood, currently 41st in line, would leapfrog over his cousins Henry, Duke of Gloucester and George, Duke of Kent and their families.

Any retrospective act would put the 86-year-old 20th in line – following the descendants of the Queen and Princess Margaret – with his sons David, James and Jeremy taking places 21 to 24.

Lord Harewood's 3,000-acre estate, on the edge of Leeds, is a major Yorkshire tourist attraction and features a bird garden, adventure playground, gardens and restaurants .