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Alan Lascelles


Alan Lascelles

Captain The Right Honourable
Sir Alan Lascelles
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
In office
Monarch George VI
Elizabeth II
Preceded by Alexander Hardinge, 2nd Baron Hardinge of Penshurst
Succeeded by Sir Michael Adeane
Secretary to the Governor General of Canada
In office
Governor General Vere Ponsonby, 9th Earl of Bessborough
Succeeded by Shuldham Redfern
Personal details
Born 11 April 1887
Died 10 August 1981(1981-08-10) (aged 94)
Nationality British
Alma mater Trinity College, Oxford

Sir Alan Frederick "Tommy" Lascelles Elizabeth II. He wrote the Lascelles Principles in a 1950 letter to the editor of The Times, using the pen-name "Senex".


  • Life 1
  • Family 2
  • Honours and Awards 3
  • Further reading 4
  • References 5


Lascelles (usually pronounced to rhyme with "tassels") was known to his intimates as "Tommy." He was born the son of Commander The Hon. Frederick Canning Lascelles and Frederica Maria Liddell, and the grandson of George VI.

After schooling at Lord Lloyd, the Governor of Bombay from 1919 to 1920.

He then returned to Elizabeth II, a role he held until 1953.

He was also Keeper of the Royal Archives from 1943 to 1953.

His papers are now held in the Churchill Archives Centre, in Great Britain.

He died at the age of 94.


On 16 March 1920 he married Joan Frances Vere Thesiger (1895-1971).

They had three children:

  • John Frederick Lascelles, born 11 June 1922, died 11 September 1951.
  • Lavinia Joan Lascelles, born 27 June 1923; married to Major Edward Westland Renton, then briefly to the writer Gavin Maxwell.
  • Caroline Mary Lascelles, born 15 February 1927; married 1949 to Antony Alfred Lyttelton 2nd Viscount Chandos; then 1985 to David Erskine, son of Lord Erskine.

Honours and Awards

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB)
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO)
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Military Cross (MC)
1914–15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal with palm for Mentioned in Dispatches
King George V Silver Jubilee Medal (1935)
King George VI Coronation Medal (1937)
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal (1953)
Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour (France)

Further reading

  • The Papers of Sir Alan Lascelles, Churchill Archives Centre
  • End of an era: letters and journals of Sir Alan Lascelles 1887-1920 (Hamish Hamilton, London. 1986) edited by Duff Hart-Davis.
  • In Royal Service: the Letters and Journals of Sir Alan Lascelles 1920-1936 (Hamish Hamilton, London. 1989) edited by Duff Hart-Davis.
  • King's Counsellor: Abdication and War: the Diaries of Tommy Lascelles (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London. 2006) edited by Duff Hart-Davis.


  • Person Page 1762, retrieved 8 December 2005
  • Janus - The Papers of Sir Alan Lascelles retrieved 8 December 2005
Court offices
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Hardinge
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
Succeeded by
Michael Adeane
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