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Yorkshire’s Princess in rose honour
Rosa ‘Yorkshire Princess’ on the terrace at Harewood House. Picture courtesy of Trevor Nicholson and the Harewood House Trust
A new rose is being launched in memory of a Yorkshire Princess who made her home at Harewood.
The Rosa ‘Yorkshire Princess’ is named after Princess Mary, who lived at Harewood for more than three decades.
The daughter of King George V, Princess Mary married Viscount Lascelles in 1922 and lived at Harewood from 1930 until her death in 1965. The then Princess Royal became known as ‘The Yorkshire Princess’.
She was a keen gardener, and the results of her love of nature remain as a legacy in the gardens of the stately home.
The Princess’s life is being celebrated with an exhibition at Harewood, and now she is also being remembered with the new rose.
Trevor Nicholson, head garden-er at the estate, said: ‘Princess Mary was a very keen gardener and plantswoman, who made a significant impact on the gardens here, introducing many elements that our visitors still enjoy today. “As patron of the Royal National Rose Society from 1953 to 1965, Princess Mary indulged her love of roses, so to mark this year’s special Royal Harewood exhibition, a rose was the ideal way to create a lasting tribute.
“The pure white petal, soft blush centre and sweet scent give a traditional feel, in keeping with old-style roses and perfect for a Yorkshire Princess.”
The bloom will be launched at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in September.
Show director, Martin Fish, said: “HRH Princess Mary was patron of the North of England Horticultural Society for nearly two decades, so it is particularly fitting that we should launch a rose dedicated to her during this special Diamond Jubilee year.”
Rosa ‘Yorkshire Princess’ will be planted at Harewood to commemorate Princess Mary’s contribution to the gardens, and will be available to order online from November at dickson-roses.co.uk or from the Harewood Shop in summer 2013.