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Lord Snowdon: A Royal Portrait

Lord Snowdon: A royal Portrait


Lord Snowdon and his wife Princess Margaret, Image source:

When Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones visited the prestigious Eton College, he discovered his passion for photography. He first studied architecture, but did not pass the final examinations. At the age of 21 he began with Royal Photographer Baron and later founded his own studio in London. In 1956, he was commissioned to take the birthday pictures of the Duke of Kent, which were very popular worldwide. He was then regularly invited to Buckingham Palace to photograph the other family members. On one of these visits, he met the sister of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret.

In 1960, Margaret and Antony surprised everyone with the announcement of their engagement. At that time, it was very unusual for a Princess to marry a man without a noble title. Especially since Margaret had only a few years before the romance, divorced Peter Townsend under pressure of the family. The marriage ceremony took place in Westminster Abbey and was the first royal wedding broadcast on television. One year later, Antony was named Earl of Snowdon.

Taking photographs is a very nasty thing to do.

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Marriage to Princess Margaret lasted 15 years and was overshadowed by excessive scandals. Alcohol problems, drugs and love stories shaped the headlines and ended just as surprisingly as the engagement. It was the first divorce since Henry VIII! Lord Snowdon, however, always remained friendly to the royal family. This gave him the opportunity to continue to work for various members of the royal family. One of his most famous portraits was the engagement photos of Lady Diana to Prince Charles. He also took the official pictures of the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth and the first recordings of Prince Harry. Lord Snowdon not only portrays the royal family, he worked with celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich, David Bowie, abd Elizabeth Taylor, He photographed for several prestigious magazines such as Vogue, Elle UK and Tatler. Lord Snowdon was awarded two Emmys and published 14 photobooks. In 2001 he was given the rare honour, that 180 of his works were exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery.

Lord Snowdon, died on 13 January 2017 in his home in Kensington, London. He was 86 years old.

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