On Saturday June 11, Sophie Lascelles, the 37-year-old daughter of the Hon. James Lascelles, and his first wife, Fredericka Ann Duhrsson, got married. According to the report in the Luton Herald and Post, the name of the groom is not known. The family made no announcement, and the details have been rather hush hush. The ceremony took place at Luton Hoo, which was once owned by Sir Harald and Lady Zia Werhner. Luton Hoo is now an exclusive hotel licensed for grand weddings and other events.
This wedding, according to a source, "wasn't an old style wedding. It was quite grand, but there was a more modern vibe. The table designs were very stylish and the bride looked terrific. She had about a half a dozen attendants."
Sophie Lascelles is "a talent artist who has exhibited at the Slade School of Fine Art, Tate Modern and the Museum of Garden History." She is a granddaughter of the Earl of Harewood, whose mother, Princess Mary, was the only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary.
The groom is said to be a "senior businessman in the care industry." No name. What is even more intriguing is the fact that Miss Lascelles apparently did not seek permission from the Queen to marry. This is required by the Royal Marriages Act. Without the permission of the Sovereign, Sophie's marriage is technically invalid in the United Kingdom.
Her uncle, the Hon. Mark Lascelles, the son of the Earl of Harewood and his second wife, Patricia, recently received permission to marry. At the May Privy Council meeting, the Queen gave her permission for two marriages, Zara Phillips and Michael James Tindall and the Hon. Mark Lascelles and Judith Anne Kilburn.
Mark Lascelles was born before his parents' marriage. He was legitimated by the marriage, but does not have succession rights to the Harewood earldom nor the British throne. However, one does not need to be a dynast in order to seek permission to marry, according to the Royal Marriages Act.