Ronald Armstrong-Jones

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Ronald Armstrong-Jones
Personal details
Born Ronald Owen Lloyd Armstrong-Jones
(1899-05-18)18 May 1899
Died 27 January 1966(1966-01-27) (aged 66)
Spouse(s) Anne Messel
(m. 1925; div. 1934)

Carol Akhurst
(m. 1936; div. 1959)

Jenifer Unite
(m. 1960)
Children Susan Vesey, Viscountess Vesci
Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon
Peregrine Armstrong-Jones
Parents Sir Robert Armstrong-Jones
Margaret Roberts
Alma mater Eton
Magdalen College, Oxford (1922)
Military career
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service c. 1914–1945
Rank Major
Unit Royal Regiment of Artillery
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Battles/wars World War I
World War II

Major Ronald Owen Lloyd Armstrong-Jones MBE QC (18 May 1899 – 27 January 1966) was a British barrister and soldier and the father of Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon.

The only son of Sir Robert Armstrong-Jones, a psychiatrist, he was educated at Eton, then during the First World War was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Royal Regiment of Artillery. After the war he continued his education at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating in 1922, then became a barrister in the Inner Temple. During the Second World War he returned to the army and served as a Major in the King's Royal Rifle Corps; he was invalided out in 1945, after serving as Deputy Judge Advocate to Montgomery's staff in Normandy. A liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers, from 1955 to 1959 he was a member of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal. He also served as a Governor of St Bartholomew's Hospital.

In 1936 Armstrong-Jones served as High Sheriff of Caernarvonshire.[1]

Armstrong-Jones was married three times. Firstly, on 22 July 1925, to Anne Messel (8 February 1902 – July 1992); after having two children, Antony (1930–2017), the brother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II, and Susan (c. 1932–1986) they divorced in 1934, and Anne later married the 6th Earl of Rosse. On 18 June 1936 Armstrong-Jones married secondly Carol Akhurst; they divorced in 1959, and Carol was killed in a car crash in 1966. He married thirdly Jenifer Unite on 11 February 1960 and they had one son, Peregrine Armstrong-Jones (born 1960). Jenifer Unite, an air hostess, was the daughter of Basil Unite, a major fruit importer. Antony Armstrong-Jones attended his father's last wedding.


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34261. p. 1380. 3 March 1936. Retrieved 2011-05-25.