It is with deep sadness that Leeds United learnt of the passing our long-serving club president Lord Harewood on MondLord Harewooday morning.

George Henry Hubert Lascelles, the 7th Earl of Harewood, first cousin to Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at the age of 88.

Lord Harewood was due to celebrate his 50th anniversary as club president later this year and a surprise celebration party was being organised for September when many former players, managers, and fans were due to be invited.

Lord Harewood became president of the club in 1961 and he, along with his wife Patricia, were regulars at Elland Road. A former Prisoner of War, his loves were football and Leeds United, and he had a passion for opera.

During his involvement with Leeds United, he has witnessed both the highs and lows over the past 50 years and in the words of the club's anthem Marching On Together he was there throughout the ups and downs. He was also a friend to many within the club and to those who have passed through the doors over time.

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates said: "Although he was royalty, he always treated me as an equal and I feel like I have lost a true friend. Leeds United has also lost a great friend and the greatest tribute this club could give him is by being promoted this season."