Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon
|The Right Honourable|
The Countess of Snowdon
Serena Alleyne Stanhope|
1 March 1970
|Title||Countess of Snowdon|
|Spouse(s)||David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon|
Serena Alleyne Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon (née Stanhope; born 1 March 1970) is an Anglo-Irish aristocrat and the daughter-in-law of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and a niece-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Early life and education
Serena Alleyne Stanhope was born in Limerick, Ireland, the daughter of the then Viscount Petersham and his wife Virginia Freeman-Jackson, a debutante. Her parents divorced when she was 13 years old. She has one older brother. Through her father, she is a descendant of King Charles II of England's illegitimate child, Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton, which makes her a distant cousin of Diana, Princess of Wales, and of other members of the British royal family.
She went to St Mary's School, Wantage, where she was described as being "more interested in lacrosse than Latin". After leaving St Mary's School, she went on to study art in Italy. She also attended a finishing school in Switzerland.
Marriage and children
Stanhope married David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, son of Princess Margaret and only nephew of Queen Elizabeth II, on 8 October 1993 at St Margaret's Church, Westminster. They met when her father commissioned Linley to design a walnut dining table for his Chelsea house.
There were 650 guests in attendance, including Elton John, Diana, Princess of Wales, Jerry Hall, the Aga Khan, and ex-King Constantine of Greece. In addition, there were an estimated 5,000 spectators in the streets. Her diamond engagement ring and wedding band are from Wartski. She wore a $9,000 dress designed by Bruce Robbins, noted for its resemblance to Princess Margaret's 1960 Norman Hartnell wedding dress, and "The Lotus Tiara," which was on loan from her mother-in-law, Princess Margaret. Her going-away outfit was designed by Robinson Valentine.
The Earl and Countess of Snowdon have two children:
- Charles Patrick Inigo Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (born 1 July 1999 at Portland Hospital in London), a former page of honour to Queen Elizabeth II. 
- Lady Margarita Elizabeth Rose Alleyne Armstrong-Jones (born 14 May 2002 at Portland Hospital in London), who was a bridesmaid at the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
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|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|
The Countess of Snowdon
Lady Sarah Chatto