Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon

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Serena Armstrong-Jones
Born Serena Alleyne Stanhope
(1970-03-01) 1 March 1970 (age 47)
Limerick, Ireland
Title Countess of Snowdon
Spouse(s) David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon (m. 1993)
Issue Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley
Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones

Serena Alleyne Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon (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.

Family[edit]

Serena Stanhope was born 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] which 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, 2nd Earl of Snowdon (at that time 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]

The Earl and Countess of Snowdon have two children:

Career[edit]

In 2010, she opened Serena Linley Provence,[7] a shop selling soaps, scent and candles using lavender from Provence,[8] where the Linleys have a home, the Chateau d'Autet in the Luberon.[9] The shop closed in late 2014.[10]

Titles[edit]

  • 1 March 1970 – 8 October 1993: The Honourable Serena Alleyne Stanhope
  • 8 October 1993 – 13 January 2017: Viscountess Linley
  • 13 January 2017 – present: The Right Honourable The Countess of Snowdon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Person Page 10274". Thepeerage.com. 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". Orderofsplendor.blogspot.com. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Rumbold, Judy (8 July 2007). "The sainted Valentine". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.serenalinley.com/[dead link]
  8. ^ Ashworth Roddy (28 November 2010). "Scent of success for Lord Linley’s wife". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Purnell, Sonia (29 June 2003). "My passion for Provence". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  10. ^ 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 Tindall
Ladies
Countess of Snowdon
Succeeded by
Lady Sarah Chatto