Following the death of Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, former husband of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret, the new Earl of Snowdon is their son, David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones. Although he succeeded to his father’s peerage immediately upon his death, it is part of a well-established convention not to style him as Earl of Snowdon until after his father’s funeral.
David Armstrong-Jones was born on 3 November 1961 and was styled as Viscount Linley up until his father’s death. He was joined by a sister, Lady Sarah Chatto (née Armstrong-Jones) in 1964. From the age of five, he took lessons with his cousin Prince Andrew at Buckingham Palace and later went to several schools. He developed a passion for arts and crafts, and from 1980 to 1982 he studied at Parnham House for craftsmen in wood. He opened his own workshop, where he designed and made furniture and set up his own company. He is also the author of several books.
As a grandson of George VI, he currently stands 18th in line to succeed his aunt, Her Majesty The Queen. He is the first person in the line of succession not to be a direct descendant of Her Majesty.
On 8 October 1993, he married the Hon. Serena Stanhope, the daughter of Viscount Petersham (later the 12th Earl of Harrington). They have two children: Charles Patrick Inigo Armstrong-Jones, born in 1999 and now known as Viscount Linley and Lady Margarita Elizabeth Rose Alleyne Armstrong-Jones, born in 2002.
On 8 April 2002 he stood guard alongside the Prince Wales, the Duke of York and the Earl of Essex at the lying-in-state of their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen mother. This became known unofficially as the Vigil of the Princes, which had taken place just once before for the lying-in-state of King George V in 1936. He briefly lived at Kensington Palace to be with his mother in her last years.
In 2011 Lady Margarita was a bridesmaid at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
No date has been set for his father’s funeral.