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Rosaleen Fenton

Little known royal walking alongside William and Harry behind Queen’s coffin

The Queen's beloved nephew joined members of the royal family to escort the late Monarch's coffin on a procession through London.

The Earl of Snowdon, formerly Viscount Linley, is the eldest child of the Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret, and celebrity photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones. The Earl, 60 runs his own company making bespoke furniture for luxurious homes.

King Charles, Prince William and Harry - along with the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex followed the coffin on foot for the 38-minute journey through central London, as thousands of mourners lie the street.

They were followed by some of the Queen's beloved relatives - the Earl of Snowdon, the Queen's grandson Peter Phillips, Princess Anne's husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and the Queen's cousin the Duke of Gloucester.

At the rear of the coffin (in order), The Earl of Wessex and, The Duke of York, and The King (Justin Goff/

Who is the Earl of Snowdon?

Lord Snowdon had an incredibly close relationship with the Monarch, as did his sister, Lady Sarah Chatto. The 60-year-old is the eldest child of Princess Margaret and photographer and filmmaker Anthony Armstrong-Jones.

He became the 2nd Earl of Snowdon following the death of his father the Earl of Snowdon, celebrity photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, in 2017.

The Earl, also known by his professional name of David Linley, also produces luxury British accessories and has reportedly created the interiors for a number of exclusive central London homes.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Earl of Snowdon in 2018 (Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock)
David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon (Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock)

David, who is 24th in line to the throne, has lectured around the world and written books about furniture and styling the home.

He founded his business in 1985, and in 2006 was appointed honorary chairman for Christie’s Europe, Middle East, Russia and India.

He was amongst one of the 30 mourners to attend Prince Philip's funeral, in a clear display of his close relationship to his uncle.

When the Queen Mother died, he joined King Charles III, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex in standing guard at his grandmother's coffin.

Growing up, he spent time on holidays with Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. At the age of five, he started lessons with his cousin Prince Andrew in the Buckingham Palace schoolroom, who is two years older

His parents: Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon (Reginald Davis/REX/Shutterstock)
The Earl, with his now-ex wife Serena, Countess of Snowdon, at Prince Harry's wedding (Getty Images)

He was born in Clarence House, and christened in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, counting the Queen as his godmother.

The furniture designer lives in Dorking, where he runs a workshop, but is still seen at various royal events, especially sporting events such as the Royal Ascot.

Snowdon was born in Clarence House in 1961, where his parents lived at the time, and was christened in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, counting the Queen as his godmother.

He lived with his family at Kensington Palace and his mother, Princess Margaret in the early 200s, as his mother's health declined, before she died in 2002 at the age of 71.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph in 2019, Snowdon said his parents were supportive when he decided to follow his artistic interests.

"There was pressure on my parents from their friends saying, 'When’s he going to get a proper job?'," he recalled. "But when you made things and brought them back from school, that was high kudos."

He remains close to the royals, and attended Prince William's wedding, where his daughter Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, now 20, was a bridesmaid. He also was a guest at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day.

In 2020, it was announced he had separated from his wife Serena after 26 years in 2020 - the same year he received the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal.

The couple wed in October 1993 and have two children Viscount Linley, Charles Armstrong-Jones and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones.

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