Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, GCVO FRSA RDI (7 March 1930 – 13 January 2017) was a British photographer and filmmaker. He is best known for his portraits of world notables, many of them published in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and other major venues; more than 100 of his photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery.
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Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon (7 March 1930 – 13 January 2017), commonly known as Lord Snowdon, was an English photographer and filmmaker. He was married to Princess Margaret , younger daughter of King George VI and younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II .
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Antony was the only son that Ronald Armstrong-Jones and his first wife Anne Messel had together. His father was a Welsh barrister and his mother later became the Countess of Rosse. Antony was born at Eaton Terrace, Belgravia in London. He was often called Tony by close relatives. Antony’s paternal grandfather was Sir Robert Armstrong-Jones, the British psychiatrist and physician. His paternal grandmother, Margaret Armstrong-Jones was a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford and the daughter of Sir Owen Roberts, a Welsh educationalist. On his mother’s side, Antony was of German and Jewish descent. Antony’s parents were divorced in early 1935 just before his fifth birthday. His mother remarried later that same year. When he was a school boy, Antony contracted polio while vacationing at the family’s country home in Wales. During his six months recuperating at the Liverpool Royal Infirmary, he was only visited by his sister Susan.
Antony was educated at two private boarding schools, the first being Sandroyd School between 1938 to 1943. Antony later attended Eton College beginning in the autumn of 1943. By March 1945, Antony qualified in the “extra special weight” class of the school boxing finals. He continued boxing in 1946 and received praises in the Eton College Chronicle. In 1947, he was a coxswain and Eton’s traditional “Fourth of June” Daylight Procession of Boats. Antony later enrolled at the University of Cambridge and he studied architecture at Jesus College but failed his second year exams. He later coaxed the winning Cambridge boats in the 1950 boat race.
Following his time at University, Antony began a career as a photographer in fashion, design and theater. Baron the photographer was impressed with Antony‘s work and brought him on as an apprentice initially on a fee paying basis but eventually Barron paid him as a salaried associate. Antony’s early commissions were theatrical portraits, often getting recommendations from his uncle Oliver Messel. He later became known for his Royal studies, one of which was the official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh for their 1957 tour of Canada. By the early 1960s, Antony became the artistic advisor of the Sunday Times Magazine and by the 1970s was established as one of Great Britain’s most respected photographers. His photography work ranged from the fashion industry to documenting the lives of people in inner cities and the mentally ill. Some of his best known portraits were of people such as; Marlene Dietrich, Lawrence Olivier, David Bowie, Elizabeth Taylor,...
During his marriage to Princess Margaret, Antony was the patron of the National Youth Theatre, the Contemporary Art Society for Wales, the Welsh Theatre Company, the Civic Trust for Wales, as well as the president of the British Theatre Museum. In June 1980, Antony started an award for disabled students which was administered by the Snowden Trust and provides grants and scholarships for students with disabilities. In the 1960s, Antony served as a councilmember of the Polio Research Fund. He was also a trustee of the National Fund for Research in crippling diseases. In 1981, Antony was the president for England of the International Year of Disabled Persons. Between 1995 and 2003, he was a provost of the Royal College of Art.
Antony was married twice. His first marriage was to Princess Margaret for eighteen years between 1960 and 1978 before the ultimately divorced. His second marriage was to Lucy Lindsay-Hogg for twenty two years from 1978 to 2000 before they separated.
He died at his home in Kensington on 13 January 2017 at the age of 86. His funeral took place on 20 January, seven days after his death, at St Baglan’s Church in Llanfaglan in the family plot in the churchyard.
Antony was granted his earldom following his wedding, he was introduced to the House of Lords as the Earl of Snowdon on 28 February 1962. In 1963, Antony was appointed Constable of Caernarfon Castle and as part of his role he assisted in organizing the Investure of the Prince of Wales in 1969. On 16 November 1999, Antony was created Baron Armstrong-Jones, which was a life peerage. Anthony eventually retired from the House of Lords on 31 March 2016.
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1. Antony Charles Robert Armstrong Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon GCVO FRSA RDI (7 March 1930- 13 January 2017) was a British photographer and filmmaker who married Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom, the younger daughter of King George VI and younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II.GCVO: Knight Grand Cross the Royal Victorian Order, 7 July 1969 2. Antony Charles Robert Armstrong Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon GCVO FRSA RDI (7 March 1930- 13 January 2017) was a British photographer and filmmaker wh...
Antony with portrayed by Matthew Goode in season two of the Netflix original series The Crown and by Ben Daniels in season three.
13/01/2017 · It has been announced that Antony Armstrong-Jones, the 1st Earl of Snowdon, society photographer and ex-husband of Princess Margaret, has died aged 86 today! The only son of Ronald Armstrong-Jones with his wife Anne Messel, later Countess of Rosse, Antony Armstrong-Jones was educated at Eton and Cambridge before becoming a photographer. In 1960 ...
20/11/2020 · Born Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, in 1930 he was the 1st Earl of Snowdon. He was married to Princess Margaret, daughter of King George VI and younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II. They were together for 18 years after marrying at Westminster Abbey in February 1960.
20/01/2017 · Antony Armstrong-Jones, the 1st Earl of Snowdon, died aged 86, at his home in London on January 13. Lord Snowdon was former brother-in-law of the Queen ( Image: