Serena Armstrong-Jones, Viscountess Linley

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Serena Armstrong-Jones
Viscountess Linley
Spouse(s) David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (m. 1993)
Noble family Stanhope
Father Charles Stanhope, 12th Earl of Harrington
Mother Virginia Freeman-Jackson
Born (1970-03-01) 1 March 1970 (age 46)
Limerick, Ireland

Serena Alleyne Armstrong-Jones, Viscountess Linley (née Stanhope; born 1 March 1970) is an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, and by marriage, a niece-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Early life[edit]

Lady Linley was born The Hon. Serena Stanhope in Limerick, Ireland. She is the daughter of Charles Stanhope, 12th Earl of Harrington, and the former Virginia Freeman Jackson.[1] Her parents divorced when she was 13 years old. Through her father, she descends from Charles II of England's illegitimate child, Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton.[2] This makes her a distant cousin of Diana, Princess of Wales and her husband.

Marriage and children[edit]

The marriage between Serena Stanhope and David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, son of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, was held on 8 October 1993 at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster. The bride's diamond engagement ring and wedding band are from Wartski.[3] She wore a dress designed by Bruce Robbins,[4] noted for its resemblance to Princess Margaret's 1960 Norman Hartnell wedding dress.[5] Her going-away outfit was designed by Robinson Valentine.[6]

Lord and Lady Linley have two children:


In 2010, she opened Serena Linley Provence, a shop selling soaps, scent and candles using lavender from Provence,[7] where the Linleys have a home, the Chateau d'Autet in the Luberon.[8] The shop closed in late 2014.[9]


  • 1 March 1970 – 8 October 1993: The Honourable Serena Alleyne Stanhope
  • 8 October 1993 – Present: Viscountess Linley


  1. ^ "Person Page 10274". Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 1796.
  3. ^ "British engagement rings". Order of Splendor. 
  4. ^ "Royal wedding dresses through the years". The Telegraph. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor: Top 10 Best Royal Wedding Dresses: #6. HRH Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon". 14 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Rumbold, Judy (8 July 2007). "The sainted Valentine". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Ashworth Roddy (28 November 2010). "Scent of success for Lord Linley's wife". Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Purnell, Sonia (29 June 2003). "My passion for Provence". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Shakespeare, Sebastian (8 October 2014). "Viscount Linley's wife shuts up shop on her French fragrance firm". Daily Mail. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 

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Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Zara Phillips
Viscountess Linley
Succeeded by
Lady Sarah Chatto