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Saturday, January 21, 2017

1st Earl of Snowdon, GCVO 1930-2017

_. The 1st Earl of Snowdon, GCVO, society photographer and sometime brother-in-law of Her Majesty The Queen, died 13 January, 2017. He was 86.

Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones was born 7 March, 1930, son of Ronald Owen Lloyd Armstrong-Jones, MBE (d 1966), by his first wife, the former Anne Messel (d 1992) (later Countess of Rosse).

He married 1stly, at Westminster Abbey, 6 May, 1960 (div 1978), HRH The Princess Margaret Rose (1930-2002), younger daughter of His Majesty King George VI and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth; married 2ndly, 15 Dec, 1978 (div 1999), Mrs Lucy Mary Lindsay-Hogg (b 1941), dau of Donald Brooks Davies.

Lord Snowdon leaves two children from his marriage to Princess Margaret, David, Viscount Linley (b 1961), who succeeds as 2nd Earl of Snowdon, and a daughter, Lady Sarah Chatto(b 1964). He also leaves a daughter, Lady Frances von Hofmannsthal (b 1979), from his second marriage. Lord Snowdon also leaves several illegitimate children from several encounters.

He was Constable & Gov of Carnarvon Castle, and appointed GCVO in 1969 after the investiture of the Prince of Wales.

Lord Snowdon, in 1999, was created a life peer as Baron Armstrong-Jones, of Nymans in the County of West Sussex.

A service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Earl of Snowdon is to take place at St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey, Friday 7 April, 2017.

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