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British Royals

Meet the new Earl of Snowdon

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.
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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.