Monday, February 17, 2020

Earl and Countess of Snowdon announce they are divorcing

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"The Earl and Countess of Snowdon have amicably agreed that their marriage has come to an end and that they shall be divorced.

They ask that the press respect their privacy and that of their family.

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Their divorce is expected to be finalised later this year, making 2020 an already equally difficult year for the Royal Family after its woes in 2019.

David and Serena have agreed that their marriage has broken down, they have in effect been living separate lives for some time.

But they are determined to handle their separation in a civilised manner. There is no blame or acrimony on either side.

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They have simply reached a point at which they both feel they have to move on."

The Earl of Snowdon is one of two children of the late Princess Margaret and the late 1st Earl of Snowdon (ne Antony Armstrong-Jones).   He was born at Clarence House on November 3, 1961.  He has a younger sister, Lady Sarah who is married to Daniel Chatto.

@Marlene A Eilers Koenig   I did not own a zoom lens in 1993

As Viscount Linley (the courtesy title for the heir apparent to the earldom),  David married the Hon. Serena Stanhope on October 8, 1993 at St. Margaret's Westminster.   She is the daughter of Charles Stanhope, the 12th Earl of Harrington (who was Viscount Petersham at the time of his daughter's wedding) and his first wife, Virginia Freeman-Jackson.

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Lord and Lady Snowdon have two children:  Charles Patrick Inigo Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (July 1, 1999) and  Lady Margarita Elizabeth Rose Alleyne Armstrong-Jones (May 14, 2002) /

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Lord Snowdon's interview with Vanity Fair in 2017 gave a big clue (at least to me) that the couple were living apart.


Bill said...

I think it is a shame they couldn't wait until the Queen died. She must be upset by the divorces in her family.

Lionel M. said...

Bill, the queen is 93. At this stage, she probably understands that love seldom lasts a lifetime and that divorce is part of most people's lives.

Unknown said...

Lionel M. -true that!
Divorce is a wonderful thing to make your life pleasant, especially if you are in a relationship that frankly kills all joy in your life.
Divorce is better then self destruction of your spirit just for the sake of image or others opinions.

The Blessed Virgin said...

Lets hope that's the end of divorces for the House of Windsor for this decade. An Australian magazine have been announcing constantly the divorce of Harry and Meghs.. but hopefully they last the distance.

Unknown said...

When children are involved you are never truly "divorced", but you get your freedom back, if you are my lucky!

1971 said...

Malta genealogy the decade has only began (unless you count 2020 as the last year of the decade?) other divorces can only be expected. And I'm not referring to Harry and Meghan, whom I wish every happiness.

The Blessed Virgin said...

1971, I am hoping they last the distance and against the odds on.