David Armstrong Jones 2nd Earl of

David Armstrong Jones 2nd Earl of

Snow Don:

Fully named David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones at birth, David was born 3 November 1961 at Clarence House. Baptized on 19 December in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, David’s godparents include his aunt, The Queen, Lady Elizabeth Cavendish, Patrick Plunket, 7th Baron Plunket, Lord Rupert Nevill, and Simon Phipps. David has one younger sister, Lady Sarah Chatto (née Armstrong-Jones), and two paternal half-sisters from his father’s side, and a half-brother. (Source: royalcentral.co.uk)

On 8 October 1993, Snow don married Hon. SerenaAllane Stanhope (born 1 March 1970, Limerick, Ireland), a daughter of Viscount Petersham (later the 12th Earl of Harrington) at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster. There were 650 guests in attendance, including, Queen Elizabeth II; Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother; Princess Margaret; Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; Princess Anne; Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester; Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester; Lady Helen Taylor; Diana, Princess of Wales; King Constantine II of Greece; the Aga Khan; Elton John and Jerry Hall. Through her father, Stanhope descends from Charles II of England's illegitimate child, Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton. (Source: kids.kiddle.co)

David Albert Armstrong-Jones was born on 3 November 1961, in Clarence House, London, the first son of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon. He was baptised on19 December 1961 in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace. His godparents are his aunt Queen Elizabeth II, Lady Elizabeth Cavendish, Patrick Plunket, 7th Baron Plunket, Lord Rupert Nevill, and Simon Phipps. (Source: royalty.fandom.com)

The faded-yellow sitting room off the front hall, where tea is taken on cool afternoons, has a cozy, almost fusty air about it, and every object in it seems to have a family connection. Snowdon’s uncle Oliver Messel, the eminent set-and-costume designer, painted the portrait of his mother, Maud, the daughter of the famous Punch-magazine illustrator Linley Sambourne, and another of a dancer from Barbados, where Messel’s house was considered the most beautiful on the island. There’s also a small marble bust of Messel as a boy, of which David says, “Literally, my father said, ‘You could have that.’ I don’t know who it’s by. And these are just old set designs. They’re canvas. Again, no value.” The neoclassical alabaster-and-gold clock standing on the mantelpiece, David recalls, “I bought in bits and pieces in a junk shop next to my father’s house. It’s worth a hundred quid or something.” The painting of a blue wheelbarrow and the drawing of the Deux Chevaux next to the clock were done by David’s sister Sarah. Books are everywhere, as they are in all the rooms, on shelves, tables, chairs, and the floor. Among them: Courtiers: The Secret History of Kensington Palace; Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air; 1000 Years of Annoying the French. (Source: www.vanityfair.com)


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