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Albert Yorke, 6th Earl of Hardwicke

Albert Edward Philip Henry Yorke, 6th Earl of Hardwicke, DL (14 March 1867 – 29 November 1904), styled Viscount Royston between 1873 and 1897, was a British diplomat and Conservative politician.

The Earl of Hardwicke

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Lord Hardwicke, by Leslie Ward, 1901
Under-Secretary of State for India
In office
17 January 1900 – 8 August 1902
MonarchQueen Victoria
Edward VII
Prime MinisterThe Marquess of Salisbury
Arthur Balfour
Preceded byThe Earl of Onslow
Succeeded byThe Earl Percy
Under-Secretary of State for War
In office
8 August 1902 – 12 October 1903
MonarchEdward VII
Prime MinisterArthur Balfour
Preceded byThe Lord Raglan
Succeeded byThe Earl of Donoughmore
Personal details
Born14 March 1867 (1867-03-14)
Died29 November 1904 (1904-11-30) (aged 37)
Political partyConservative


Hardwicke was the only son of Charles Yorke, 5th Earl of Hardwicke, and Lady Sophia Georgiana Robertina, daughter of Henry Wellesley, 1st Earl Cowley.[1]

Diplomatic and political careerEdit

Hardwicke was an Honorary Attaché in Vienna between 1886 and 1891. He entered the House of Lords on the death of his father in 1897 and made his maiden speech in February 1898.[2] He served under Lord Salisbury and Arthur Balfour as Under-Secretary of State for India between 1901 and 1902 and again from 1903 until his death,[3] and under Balfour as Under-Secretary of State for War between August 1902 and 1903.[4][1] He made his last speech in the House of Lords in August 1904, three months before his death.[2] Apart from his career in national politics he was a member of the London County Council between 1897 and 1901 and a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Lord Hardwicke died in November 1904, aged only 37. He was unmarried and was succeeded in the earldom by his uncle, John Manners Yorke.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Albert Edward Philip Henry Yorke, 6th Earl of Hardwicke
  2. ^ a b Hansard Mr Albert Yorke
  3. ^ India List and India Office List for 1905
  4. ^ "Mr Balfour's Ministry - full list of appointments". The Times (36842). London. 9 August 1902. p. 5.

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