Two little nuggets:
From his earliest days, George Lascelles was blessed with an extraordinary ear for music and interest in facts about music, an eccentricity which prompted his uncle, the Prince of Wales (later the Duke of Windsor), to remark: “It’s very odd about George and music. You know his parents were quite normal — liked horses and dogs and the country.”
And this shows quite how near a long time ago can be:
At his christening, held at his parents’ home, Goldsborough Hall in the North Riding of Yorkshire, his godparents included King George and Queen Mary, Princess Alexandra, and General Sir George Higginson, a noted veteran of the Crimean war, then aged 96.
The godfather of a man who died this week fought in the Crimean war, 160 years ago.
On this subject, the last US civil war pensions were still being paid out in 2003 and 2004.