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Earl of Snowdon is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1961, together with the subsidiary title Viscount Linley, of Nymans in the County of Sussex, by Queen Elizabeth II for her then brother-in-law, Antony Armstrong-Jones,[1] who married Princess Margaret in 1960. Anne Parsons, Countess of Rosse, mother of the 1st Earl of Snowdon, had grown up at Nymans and "Linley" comes from the 1st Earl's maternal great-grandfather Edward Linley Sambourne.[2]

Earldom of Snowdon
Coat of Arms of David, Earl of Snowdon.svg


Quarterly 1st and 4th sable on a chevron argent, between in chief two fleurs-de-lis Or, and in base an eagle displayed Or, four pallets gules, 2nd and 3rd grandquarterly in the 1st and 4th quarters gules three lions passant guardant or in the 2nd quarter or a lion rampant gules within a double tressure flory counterflory gules 3rd azure a harp or stringed argent, the whole differenced by a label of three points Argent, first and third charged with a Tudor rose the second with a thistle proper.[citation needed]

Creation date 6 October 1961
Monarch Elizabeth II
Peerage Peerage of the United Kingdom
First holder Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon
Present holder David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon
Heir apparent Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley
Remainder to the 1st Earl's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titles Viscount Linley

Snowdon as a peerage title had previous royal associations; the title of Baron Snowdon had been conferred in 1726 along with the Dukedom of Edinburgh on Prince Frederick Louis, grandson of George I and future Prince of Wales. The title merged in the Crown in 1760, when its holder acceded as George III.

In November 1999, the 1st Lord Snowdon received a life peerage as Baron Armstrong-Jones,[3][4] under a device designed to allow first-generation hereditary peers to retain their seats in the House of Lords, after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999.


Earls of Snowdon (1961)Edit

The heir apparent is the present holder's only son, Charles Patrick Inigo Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (b. 1999). Currently, there are no other heirs in the line of succession.

Coats of ArmsEdit


  1. ^ "No. 42481". The London Gazette. 6 October 1961. p. 7199. 
  2. ^ Michaels, Ashley (14 November 2017). Sobrinos Reales: The Earl of Snowdon and Lady Sarah Chatto (1 ed.). ASIN B077H1HWCB. 
  3. ^ "No. 55672". The London Gazette. 19 November 1999. p. 12349. 
  4. ^ "No. 55676". The London Gazette. 23 November 1999. p. 12465. 

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