Earl of Snowdon
|Earldom of Snowdon|
|Creation date||6 October 1961|
|Created by||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Peerage||Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|First holder||Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon|
|Present holder||David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon|
|Heir apparent||Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley|
|Remainder to||the 1st Earl's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten|
|Subsidiary titles||Viscount Linley|
Baron Armstrong-Jones (1999–2017)
Earl of Snowdon is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1961, together with the subsidiary title of Viscount Linley, of Nymans in the County of Sussex, by Queen Elizabeth II for her then brother-in-law, Antony Armstrong-Jones, who married Princess Margaret in 1960.
Choice of names
Snowdon, chosen for the earldom, had previously been used for a peerage title with royal associations. The title of Baron Snowdon had been conferred in 1726 along with the Dukedom of Edinburgh on Prince Frederick Louis, grandson of George I and future Prince of Wales. It merged in the Crown in 1760, when its holder acceded as George III.
Nymans, chosen as territorial designation of the viscountcy, relates to an English garden near Handcross in West Sussex, where Anne Armstrong-Jones, née Messel, Countess of Rosse, mother of the 1st Earl of Snowdon, had grown up.
In November 1999, the 1st Earl of Snowdon received a life peerage as Baron Armstrong-Jones, under a device designed to allow first-generation hereditary peers to retain their seats in the House of Lords, after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999.
Earls of Snowdon (1961)
- (1) Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (b. 1999)
The heir apparent is the present holder's only son, Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (b. 1999). He is alone in the line of succession to the earldom.
Coats of arms
Arms of the 1st Earl of Snowdon, GCVO
- "Earl of Snowdon". Cracroft's Peerage. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
- "No. 42481". The London Gazette. 6 October 1961. p. 7199.
- Michaels, Ashley (14 November 2017). Sobrinos Reales: The Earl of Snowdon and Lady Sarah Chatto (1 ed.). ASIN B077H1HWCB.
- "No. 55672". The London Gazette. 19 November 1999. p. 12349.
- "No. 55676". The London Gazette. 23 November 1999. p. 12465.