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Colonel Sir Henry Abel Smith KCMG KCVO DSO (8 March 1900 – 24 January 1993) was a British Army officer and a Governor of Queensland.


He was born on 8 March 1900, the son of Francis Abel Smith and wife Madeline St. Maur Seymour. His grandparents were Henry Abel-Smith and Elizabeth Mary Pym, and his great-grandparents were Henry Smith and Lucy Leslie-Meville (of the Earls of Levan).

Abel Smith was commissioned into the Royal Horse Guards from Sandhurst in December 1919. He served in World War II, winning the Distinguished Service Order. He retired as a Colonel in 1950.

On 24 October 1931, he married Lady May Cambridge. She was born Princess May of Teck, and was a niece of King George V and Queen Mary, and a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria. They had three children:

Sir Henry was appointed Governor of Queensland from 18 March 1958, serving until 18 March 1966. He was highly respected in the office of governor. People lined the streets as a mark of high esteem to farewell him and Lady May Abel Smith on their final day in office on their way to Brisbane Airport.

Sir Henry died on 24 January 1993. His funeral service took place at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. His remains were buried at the Frogmore Royal Burial Ground. His wife survived him by only sixteen months.

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Preceded by
Sir John Lavarack
Governor of Queensland
1958 – 1966
Succeeded by
Sir Alan Mansfield


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