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10 facts about David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon

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Learn more about the Earl of Snowdon, the son of the late Princess Margaret and nephew of The Queen, on his 59th birthday:

  • David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones was born on November 3, 1961, in Clarence House to Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones, the Countess and Earl of Snowdon. 
  • He is the older brother of Lady Sarah Chatto and is first cousins with Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. He is also the nephew of Queen Elizabeth II and the grandson of King George VI and the Queen Mother.
  • The Snowdon family lived in Apartment 1A of Kensington Palace, the current London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children.
  • He first started lessons at Buckingham Palace with his cousin, Prince Andrew, before going on to study at Gibbs Pre-Preparatory School and the pre-preparatory section of Ashdown House School. David then went on to be a student at Millbrook House School and then Bedales School. From 1980 to 1982, he studied wood craftmanship at Parnham House, Dorset.
  • He was known by the subsidiary title, Viscount Linley from his birth up until 2017, when his father, the 1st Earl of Snowdon, died on January 13, 2017. He has since become the 2nd Earl of Snowdon.
  • On October 8, 1993, he married Serena Stanhope at St Margaret’s Church in Westminster, London. Serena is the daughter of the 12th Earl of Harrington.
  • The couple has two children, Charles Patrick Inigo Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (born July 1, 1999) and Lady Margarita Elizabeth Rose Alleyne Armstrong-Jones (born May 14, 2002). Both of the children were born at Portland Hospital in Marylebone, London.
  •  David is a successful furniture maker and a former chairman of the auction house Christie’s. He goes by the professional name David Linley.
  • At the time of his birth, he was fifth in line to the throne. As of November 2020, he is 21st in the order of succession.
  •  He and his wife, Serena Armstrong-Jones, announced their plans to divorce in early 2020, after 26 years of marriage.