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Lord Snowdon (1930 - 2017)

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Lord Snowdon (1930 - 2017)

Lord Snowdon, known for his 18-year marriage to Great Britain's Princess Margaret as well as for his work as a photographer and filmmaker, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. He was 86.

Snowdon, who married the sister of Queen Elizabeth II in 1960, was unusual in that he continued his work – he served as the royal photographer – even while married to Princess Margaret.

Born Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1930, he had an established career as a society photographer by the time he was married to Margaret. Nonetheless, his lack of wealth and artistic lifestyle, as well as their discretion while courting, made their engagement a surprise to the public. Their May 6, 1960, marriage was the first televised royal wedding.


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Armstrong-Jones became the Earl of Snowdon a little more than a year after they were married, in part to allow his and Margaret's first child, David, Viscount Linley, to be born with a title. The pair also had a daughter, Lady Sarah, in 1964.

Their marriage lasted until 1978, with Snowdon declining offers to write a book or even speak about the experience in the press. Later that same year, he married Lucy Mary Lindsay-Hogg (born Davies), with whom he fathered another daughter, Lady Frances Armstrong-Jones, in 1979. His second marriage ended in 2000 after it was revealed that he also fathered another son, Jasper William Oliver Cable-Alexander, in 1998.

In later years, Snowdon focused on advocating for polio vaccinations for children around the world.

Lord Snowdon is survived by his children and by several grandchildren. Princess Margaret died in 2002.

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