Lady Sarah Chatto and David Armstrong-Jones

After her very dramatic relationship with Peter Townsend and before (actually, during, lol) her equally dramatic relationship with Roddy Llewellyn, Princess Margaret was married to Antony Armstrong-Jones, aka Lord Snowdon. Margaret and Antony were together for 18 years before splitting in 1976, and they have two children together: David and Sarah. Who, considering their mother was in the news literally non-stop, stay pretty under the radar these days. Like, have you ever heard of them?

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It’s time to get to know Princess Margaret’s children better.

David Armstrong Jones

Important photo of David holding a cup of tea. No idea who is behind him.

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Meet David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, former Viscount Linley. This classy guy is 60 years old, was a former president of Christie’s auction house, and is a furniture manufacturer. Here he is as a little baby with his mom:

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And here he looks extremely casual in knee-high socks (10/10 will be wearing this outfit in October):

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David has been pretty low-key for the past few years, but now that his cousin (that would be Charles) is King, we’ll definitely see him more often. For starters, he joined the royal march behind the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster and was also seen walking in her funeral procession.

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Some whimsical highlights of David’s life? He was born in Clarence House (where King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla lived), Queen Elizabeth II was his godmother, and he spent a lot of time relaxing in various royal palaces in his youth. Normal childhood stuff that we can all relate to!

These days, David has his own furniture and homeware company called Linley, whose vibes are pretty much what you’d expect. Here, have fun buying this chess board at $3,843.

Collection of games – Chess and backgammon


As for his personal life, David was married to a Viscount’s daughter named Serena Alleyne Stanhope (they separated in 2020), which, yes, sounds like the premise for a future season of Bridgerton/any given romance novel. Apparently, Serena is descended from one of King Charles II’s “illegitimate” children! Cool!

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Either way, these two have kids, and their daughter Margarita Armstrong-Jones was one of the bridesmaids at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. Here she is with Pippa!

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Oh, and in other David news, he was the victim of an extortion plot by people who tent to broadcast incriminating video footage of him. They were arrested and sent to prison. Anyway, let’s move on to David’s sister, but not before we’ve all admired this photo:

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Lady Sarah Chatto

Lady Sarah Chatto is Margaret and Antony’s only daughter, and she turned 56 last May. Here she is as a baby with her parents and big brother:

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And here she’s serving up some teenage looks with Princess Diana (she’s gorgeous!):

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And speaking of Diana, Sarah was a bridesmaid at Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding, as well as Princess Anne’s wedding. Her outfits at both events are possibly the best thing I’ve ever seen?

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Lady Sara is also Prince Harry’s godmother and was incredibly close to the Queen:

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She was seen at Her Majesty’s funeral wearing a cluster of giant diamond brooches on her lapel called ‘The Snowdon Floral Brooches’, a gift from her mother, Princess Margaret.

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Nowadays, Sarah (who is a professional artist) is married to Daniel Chatto, whom she met while visiting India. Which brings us to this impossibly chic photo from their wedding:

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Anyway, Sarah and Daniel have two children and seem to lead a relatively cold life! Here they are with their platinum jubilee mom:

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Reminder: Tony also fathered another child

Before leaving, occasional reminder that Tony had a daughter named Polly in May 1960, a few weeks before his royal wedding to Princess Margaret. Polly didn’t find out Tony was her father until later in life, and in 2008 she spoke about the situation at Daily mail, saying, “I have no memories to savor of being thrown high in the air, pushed on swings or riding the handlebars of a doting dad’s bike. But you don’t miss what you don’t. have ever had.” She also said that “finding out at the age of 45 that the man I had idolized and put on a pedestal higher than Nelson’s Column since I was a little child was actually not my father was a difficult burden to bear”.

Tony *also* had a daughter named Frances in his second marriage and fathered a son named Jasper through an affair. The more you know!

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