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.


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:


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]


  • 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


  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. 
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  8. ^ Ashworth Roddy (28 November 2010). "Scent of success for Lord Linley’s wife". 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
Countess of Snowdon
Succeeded by
Lady Sarah Chatto