Monday, January 16, 2017

The new Earl of Snowdon

Viscount Linley,  eldest (and only legitimate) son of the late Earl of Snowdon will remain styled as Viscount Linley until after his father's funeral.  Once his father is buried (or cremated), Linley will assume the title Earl of Snowdon.  He will be the 2nd Earl of Snowdon.    His two children,  Charles and Margarita, will move from the style and rank of children of a viscount to children of an earl.   The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones will bear the courtesy title, Viscount Linley of Nymans, and the Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones will be styled as The Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones.

From Debrett's Correct Form


As a peer of the realm,  the new Lord Snowdon will cease to be a commoner.  He will sign his name as Snowdon.  His wife,  Lady Serena Stanhope,) becomes the Countess of Snowdon and will sign her name as Serena Snowdon.

I use Lady Serena because she is the daughter of the Earl of Harrington.  At the time of her wedding in 1993, Serena was styled as the Hon. Serena Stanhope, as father, Viscount Petersham, did not succeed to the earldom until 2009.  If Serena had married a mere Mr. Armstrong-Jones, she would have been styled. The. Hon. Mrs. Armstrong-Jones.  This would have changed after her grandfather's death when she would have adopted the style The Lady Serena Armstrong-Jones.  Mr. David and The Lady Serena Armstrong-Jones.  No Mrs for daughters of dukes, marquesses or earls.


These are photos (no long lens for me at the time) I took of Lord Linley in New York City in the late 1980s,  and Lord and Lady Linley at their wedding and in Washington, D.C., in 1993.
















3 comments:

Scott Shearer said...

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading this website, Marlene. It never fails to send me to Google to search for extra information about what I have read on your site. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into this wonderful website.

Laura said...

Thanks for the pictures of Lord and Lady Linley's wedding!

Unknown said...

Thanks for this info, It is neat to have this information. I have to change the titles and add event facts into my family genealogy as they are distant relations, and I like that you always have this type of info on titles and things like this. Thanks :)

Love stuff you share! Its great!

Beth