David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley

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Viscount Linley
Viscount Linley Trooping the Colour Saturday June 16th 2007.jpg
Born David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones
(1961-11-03) 3 November 1961 (age 54)
Clarence House, London
Title Viscount Linley (of Nymans)
Spouse(s) Hon. Serena Stanhope (m. 1993)
Parents Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon
Princess Margaret
Occupation Furniture maker

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, is 18th in line to succeed Queen Elizabeth II, his maternal aunt, and is the heir-apparent to the Earldom of Snowdon.[1]


At the age of five, Linley started lessons in the Buckingham Palace schoolroom with his cousin, Prince Andrew.[2] He went to several independent schools: first, to Gibbs Pre-Preparatory School in Kensington in London,[3] followed by the pre-preparatory section of Ashdown House School, East Sussex, then on to Millbrook House School, near Abingdon, in Oxfordshire,[4] 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.

Professional life[edit]

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.[5] His work is sold in retail stores in Belgravia, Harrods and overseas including the Bespoke Collection.[6]

On 1 December 2006, Linley took up the post of chairman of Christie's UK, having joined the board in 2005 as a non-executive director.[5]


As the Queen's nephew, Linley takes part in royal family events such as Trooping 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.[7] 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 2011, Linley's daughter, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, was a bridesmaid at the wedding of the Duke of Cambridge.

In 2013 Linley became a Patron of the Greenpower Education Trust, which inspires young people towards careers in engineering.

Personal life and family[edit]

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 (later the 12th Earl of Harrington) at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster.

Viscount Linley and his wife have two children:

Linley has one full sister, Lady Sarah Chatto (née Armstrong-Jones); and one paternal half-sister, Lady Frances von Hofmannsthal (née Armstrong-Jones). Viscount Linley also has a half-brother, Jasper Cable-Alexander, son of his father and Melanie Cable-Alexander, an editor at Country Life magazine.

From 2000–2002, Viscount Linley, his wife and baby son lived in Kensington Palace with his mother, Princess Margaret, in her declining years.[8]

The Linleys have three homes: a flat in Chelsea, London; a cottage on the Daylesford estate in Gloucestershire;[9] and the Chateau d'Autet[10] in the Luberon, Provence.

Titles, styles and arms[edit]


  • 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 eighteenth place and is the first person in the line of succession who is not a descendant of the Queen.[1]


Arms of David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley
Viscount Linley.svg
The Viscount's personal coat of arms are those of his father quartered with those of his mother.
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 differenced with a label vert of three points (Snowdon), 2nd and 3rd being the royal arms, differenced with a label argent of three points, the outer points bearing Tudor roses, and the central bearing a thistle proper.
The 1st and 4th quarters are those of his father, the Earl of Snowdon, differenced for the heir apparent of the earldom. The 2nd and 3rd quarters are the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom, differenced for the Princess Margaret.



  1. ^ a b He is the only nephew of Queen Elizabeth II. "The Royal Family – Succession". The Royal Family. 17 December 2007. 
  2. ^ Viscount Linley Publisher: Mandy's Royalty. Org. retrieved: 22 May 2013.
  3. ^ Viscount Linley in school uniform, Gibbs School, Kensington, London, 4 October 1968. Publisher: Heritage Images. Com. Retrieved: 22 May 2013.
  4. ^ Archive - Tuesday, 6 May 2003 - Prep school set to close Publisher:The Oxford Mail. Retrieved: 22 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b "David Linley appointed chairman of Christie's UK" (PDF) (Press release). Christie's. 3 November 2006. 
  6. ^ Schneider, Sara (February 2012). "Northern California Weekend" (PDF). Sunset: 20. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Bates, Stephen (9 April 2002). "Grandsons hold vigil as public files past". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Syal, Rajeev (10 February 2002). "Children spent much of last years with mother". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  9. ^ Tyzack, Anna (24 November 2011). "My perfect weekend: David Linley". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  10. ^ Purnell, Sonia (29 June 2003). "My passion for Provence". The Daily Telegraph (London). 

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David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley
Born: 3 November 1961
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Mia Tindall
Line of succession to the British throne
18th position
Succeeded by
Charles Armstrong-Jones
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Peter Phillips
Gentlemen Succeeded by
The Duke of Gloucester