David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley
|Born||David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones
3 November 1961
Clarence House, London
|Title||Viscount Linley (of Nymans)|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Serena Stanhope|
|Parents||Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon
David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (born 3 November 1961), known professionally as David Linley, is an English furniture maker and chairman of the auction house Christie's UK. The son of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, he is a grandson of King George VI, and is 16th in the line of succession to the British throne and the thrones of the 15 other Commonwealth realms and heir-apparent to the Earldom of Snowdon.
At the age of five, Linley started lessons in the Buckingham Palace schoolroom with his cousin, Prince Andrew. He went to several independent schools: first, to Gibbs Pre-Preparatory School in Kensington in London, followed by the pre-preparatory section of Ashdown House School, East Sussex, then on to Millbrook House School, near Abingdon, in Oxfordshire, and finally to Bedales School, where he developed a passion for arts and crafts. From 1980 to 1982, he studied at Parnham College in the small town of Beaminster in Dorset, for craftsmen in wood.
Linley opened a workshop in Dorking where he designed and made furniture for three years before setting up his own company David Linley Furniture Ltd, now known as LINLEY, where he makes bespoke furniture, upholstery, and interior design products known for their neoclassical appearance and use of inlaid woods. He has written numerous books and lectured around the world. His work is sold at in firm retail stores in Belgravia, Mayfair and the Burlington Arcade and overseas including the Bespoke Collection.
As the Queen's nephew, Linley takes part in royal family events such as the Trooping of the Colour and Christmas celebrations at Sandringham. He does not have an official royal role.
On 8 April 2002, Linley, along with the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex, stood guard at the lying-in-state of their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. This was a mark of respect unofficially known as the Vigil of the Princes, which had taken place only once before, during the lying-in-state of King George V in 1936.
In 2013 Linley became a Patron of the Greenpower Education Trust, which inspires young people towards careers in engineering.
Personal life and family
Lord Linley had romances with Susannah Constantine, Kate Menzies and Nicola Formby. On 8 October 1993 he married The Hon. Serena Stanhope, a daughter of Viscount Petersham (now Earl of Harrington) at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster.
Viscount Linley and his wife have two children:
|The Hon. Charles Patrick Inigo Armstrong-Jones||1 July 1999||Born in London, second in line to the Earldom of Snowdon. Named in honour of the Prince of Wales; Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, the birthplace of his mother; and 17th century English architect and designer Inigo Jones. Six godparents: Lady Bruce Dundas (aka Ruth Kennedy), Nigel Harvey, Nick Powell, Orlando Rock, Lucinda Cecil and Rita Konig (lifestyle writer, Vogue columnist, and daughter of royal-family decorator Nina Campbell).|
|The Hon. Margarita Elizabeth Rose Alleyne Armstrong-Jones||14 May 2002||Named after her paternal grandmother, the late Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and great-aunt, Elizabeth II. Rose was Princess Margaret's middle name, and according to her father in an interview with Majesty Magazine, the name was selected by her brother Charles. Alleyne is also one of her mother's middle names.|
Linley has a sister, Lady Sarah Chatto (née Armstrong-Jones), who was born 1 May 1964. He also has a half-sister, Lady Frances von Hofmannsthal (née Armstrong-Jones), born 17 July 1979, who is a daughter of his father, the Earl of Snowdon and his second wife, Lucy Lindsay-Hogg. Viscount Linley also has a half-brother, Jasper Cable-Alexander (born 30 April 1998), who is a son of the Earl of Snowdon and Melanie Cable-Alexander, an editor at Country Life magazine.
Titles, styles and arms
- 3 November 1961 – present: Viscount Linley
Lord Linley is the son of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and the 1st Earl of Snowdon; thus he is the nephew of Queen Elizabeth II, and a grandson of George VI. Though his mother was a princess, in the United Kingdom royal titles and styles are passed only from the father. He does not hold the title Viscount Linley in his own right; rather, it is a courtesy title used by the eldest son and heir apparent of the Earl of Snowdon. If he outlives his father, Viscount Linley will assume the title, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, in his own right. At the time of his birth he was fifth in the line of succession to the British throne; he is currently in sixteenth place and is the first person in the line of succession who is not a descendant of the Queen.
- He is the only nephew of Queen Elizabeth II. "The Royal Family – Succession". The Royal Family. 17 December 2007.
- Viscount Linley Publisher: Mandy's Royalty. Org. retrieved: 22 May 2013.
- Viscount Linley in school uniform, Gibbs School, Kensington, London, 4 October 1968. Publisher: Heritage Images. Com. Retrieved: 22 May 2013.
- Archive - Tuesday, 6 May 2003 - Prep school set to close Publisher:The Oxford Mail. Retrieved: 22 May 2013.
- "David Linley appointed chairman of Christie's UK" (Press release). Christie's. 3 November 2006.
- Schneider, Sara (February 2012). "Northern California Weekend". Sunset: 20. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
- Bates, Stephen (9 April 2002). "Grandsons hold vigil as public files past". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
- Syal, Rajeev (10 February 2002). "Children spent much of last years with mother". The Daily Telegraph (London).
- Tyzack, Anna (24 November 2011). "My perfect weekend: David Linley". The Daily Telegraph (London).
- Purnell, Sonia (29 June 2003). "My passion for Provence". The Daily Telegraph (London).
- Linley website
- Linley designed suites at the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow
- Linley designed suites at Claridge's
- David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (1961–), Son of Princess Margaret Rose and 1st Earl of Snowdon (National Portrait Gallery photographs)
|Lines of succession|
|Line of succession to the British throne
The Hon Charles Armstrong-Jones
||Line of succession to the Earldom of Snowdon|
|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|
The Duke of Gloucester