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.