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Lord Snowdon was a talented movie producer and photographer whose marriage to Princess Margaret fed the gossip article for over a decade.

His career was interrupted by lurid tales of extra-marital circumstances, booze and drugs, but throughout everything there is he maintained a close contact with the Royal Family.

His body of photographic drive peculiarity the cream of British civilization, although he was usually disdainful about his work.

He was most proud of the startling aviary he facilitated design for London Zoo.

He was born Anthony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones on 7 March 1930, into their own families of minor gentry.

His father, Ronald, was a barrister while his mother, culture beauty Anne Messel, eventually became Countess of Rosse, following her divorce from his father.

In his teenages, he contracted poliomyelitis and had to lie flat on his back for a year. It left him with a permanent totter.

But visits by such luminaries as Noel Coward and Marlene Dietrich, arranged by his uncle, the theater decorator Oliver Messel, helped alleviate the boredom.

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Image caption The commencing from what was to prove a stormy matrimony

He was improved at Eton, where his fury for photography began. He went on to Jesus College, Cambridge, and was cox of the victorious eight in the 1950 Boat Race.

He never completed his direction on structure, and at 21 took up photography as a job, setting up a studio of his own in London.

It was his flair for taking less formal photo that made him the commission on human rights, in 1956, for the 21 st birthday photographs of the Duke of Kent.

Later he was invited to Buckingham Palace to photograph the Prince of Wales and the other officers of the Royal Family, including Princess Margaret.


Unlike some photographers, he did not set out to create a rapport with his subjects.

“I don’t want people to feel at ease, ” he once said. “You want a little bit of an edge.”

His engagement to Princess Margaret was announced in 1960.

At the time there had been no recent instance for anyone so near to the throne marrying outside the grades of royalty or the British peerage.

The wedding took place on 6 May 1960, and after a honeymoon tour of the Caribbean in the royal yacht Britannia, the young duo moved into Kensington Palace.

Early in 1961 Armstrong-Jones was raised to the peerage as Lord Snowdon, and he took his seat in the House of Lords a year later. A son, David, Viscount Linley, was tolerate in 1961, and their daughter, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, three years later.

In 1963 the Queen stimulated him Constable of Caernarvon Castle, and as such “hes taking” a conducting part in the arrangements for the investiture of the Prince of Wales in 1969.

He was scathing about the ceremonial encircling the happening, claiming that most of the procedures employed were “completely bogus”.


Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon went to Jamaica together in 1962, when the princess represented the Queen at the independence occasions, and they made an official inspect to the United States in 1964.

In the early years of their wedlock, he and Princess Margaret were treated almost as Hollywood aces. The press basked happens in which the Snowdons donned leather jackets and hastened motorbikes along London’s North Circular Road.

They spoused with fames of the day, and provided a marked differentiate to the most conservative Queen and Prince Philip.

But the matrimony promptly suffered these kinds of impediments that were destined to beset imperial rapports over the following 20 years.

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Image caption He had a flair for informal photography

Snowdon’s womanising was part of the reason for the break-up. A natural charmer, he had a string of interactions throughout his life and seemed incapable of continuing faithful.

One close friend was quoted in a profile of the earl as saying: “If it moves, he’ll have it.”

Margaret’s own inclination for late-night partying, and the desire of both of them to be the center of scrutiny, likewise fuelled the breakdown.

By then, Snowdon had started on a varied working career – acting as consultant to the Council of Industrial Design, and working for various publications, in particular the Sunday Times.


The aviary he helped design for London Zoo set up in 1964. It was regarded as cutting-edge in its use of new fabrics, providing the maximum amount of opening for chicks to fly.

He helped to see several video films. The first, Don’t Count the Candles, from 1968, was about old age and prevailed seven international awards.

In 1975 he directed two programmes in BBC television’s Explorers series, and in 1981 he presented two programmes on photography, Snowdon on Camera, for which he was nominated for a Bafta Award.

Snowdon designed an electrically powered wheelchair, called the Chairmobile.

Image caption The aviary at London zoo was regarded as a exultation of intend

It was during a discussion on the mobility of people with physical disabilities that he had established his maiden speech in the Noblemen in April 1974.

In March 1976, it was finally announced that he and Princess Margaret would live apart.

When Margaret had a relationship with Roddy Llewellyn, Snowdon was able to play the part, though not very convincingly, of the cuckolded spouse, and the divorce grew final in 1978.

Snowdon always refused to speak about the marriage but he regularly determined the children and continued to photograph the Royal Family.

Final straw

In December 1978, he was married again, to Lucy Lindsay-Hogg, a researcher on a BBC television series on which he was working. They had a daughter, Frances, the following July.

In June 1980 Snowdon started an bestow programme for disabled students. The coin for it came from the reproduction costs he had received over 20 years from his royal photographs.

The following year the Snowdon Council was modelled, of which he was president. It comprised 12 members co-ordinating a dozen different figures concerned with helping disabled people.

Also in 1981 a endanger was achieved in his long-running sequence with Lord Aberconway, chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society, who had said that disabled visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show were not promoted.

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Image caption His subjects were often the rich and far-famed

It was agreed that steer hounds would be admitted, and a special garden was created for those with disabilities.

While married to each other Lucy Lindsay-Hogg, Snowdon had a long liaison with columnist Ann Hills, who took her own life in 1996.

Two years later, at persons below the age of 68, he parent a son, Jasper, with 33 -year-old Melanie Cable-Alexander, a journalist on Country Life.

This proved the final straw for Lucy, and the couple divorced.

By then Snowdon had lost his seat in the Lords, following Labour’s clear-out of inherited peers. Instead, he took a life peerage as Baron Armstrong-Jones to enable him to remain in the House.

Despite an increasing disability as a result of his childhood polio, Lord Snowdon roamed widely, doing work for the theater and fashion rooms as well as likeness and travelogues.

A friend once said of him, “It’s impossible to suppose a gentler, more cultured man.”


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