Queen Elizabeth's nephew, the Earl of Snowdon, is divorcing, the second royal split in a week

The Earl and Countess of Snowdon, David Armstrong-Jones (left) and Serena Armstrong-Jones (third from left), with their children Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones and Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, in 2017.

In any other blow for Queen Elizabeth II, her nephew, David the Earl of Snowdon, and his spouse, Serena the Countess of Snowdon, stated Monday they are divorcing, making them the second one royal couple in every week to announce a marital break up.

The scoop got here in a observation issued through the couple announcing they have got “amicably agreed that their marriage has come to an finish and that they will probably be divorced” after greater than 25 years and two youngsters, consistent with The Telegraph, the Day-to-day Mail, the Night Usual and a number of different British media. 

As is normal, they requested the media for privateness. USA TODAY reached out to Buckingham Palace for remark. 

Remaining week, the queen’s eldest grandson, Peter Phillips, 42, and his spouse, the previous Autumn Kelly, 41, introduced they had been splitting after 12 years of marriage and two youngsters. Phillips is the son of the queen’s handiest daughter, Princess Anne, and her first husband, Mark Phillips. 

David Armstrong-Jones, 58, is a member of the royal circle of relatives, despite the fact that some distance got rid of within the line of succession, and has all the time been on the subject of the queen. In contrast to his royal cousins, he makes his dwelling outdoor “The Company,” because the royal circle of relatives is named, through working a bespoke furniture-making industry referred to as Linley.  

The earl is the son of the past due Princess Margaret, the queen’s liked more youthful sister, who died in 2002, and her husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, a commoner, society photographer and playboy whom she married in 1960. 

David Armstrong-Jones, then Viscount Linley, and Serena Stanhope, on their wedding day on Oct. 8, 1993, in London.

The queen made him Earl of Snowdon and Viscount Linley on the time of the wedding. They divorced in 1978.

Their son David had the identify Viscount Linley whilst he was once rising up, till his father’s dying in 2017, when David become the second one Earl Snowdon. David’s more youthful sister is Girl Sarah Chatto. 

Snowdon married Serena Stanhope, 49, a daughter of an earl, in St. Margaret’s Church subsequent to Westminster Abbey in London on Oct. eight, 1993. Their two youngsters are Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, 20, and Girl Margarita Armstrong-Jones, 17.

Snowdon grew up in Kensington Palace in an environment that combined royal and conventional with bohemian and artsy. He instructed Self-importance Honest in an interview in 2017 that his upbringing is mirrored within the furnishings he has formed since he based his company in 1982.

“I’m a maker, now not a clothier,” he stated. 

In a circle of relatives the place divorce was once as soon as regarded as an abiding scandal, the marital woes of the queen’s shut family members are notable, particularly since she and her husband, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, had been married 72 years. 

David Armstrong-Jones, then Viscount Linley, shows some of the humidor boxes he makes for Alford Dunhill at their Chicago Store, in May 1994.

Princess Margaret was once avoided from marrying her past love in 1953 as a result of he was once divorced; when Margaret and her husband break up, she was once first senior member of the royal circle of relatives to divorce since 1901. In 1936, Edward VIII abdicated his throne as a result of he was once avoided from marrying twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson.

Of the queen’s 4 youngsters, 3 had been divorced, together with Prince Charles and his first spouse, the past due Princess Diana, whose acrimonious break up resulted in no finish of trauma for all concerned. Peter Phillips was once the primary of her 8 grandchildren to marry and now could be the primary to divorce.     

The Snowdons spent Christmas at Sandringham with the queen and had been observed strolling to church with different family members. Previous in December, Snowdon biked from his London house to Buckingham Palace to wait the queen’s annual Christmas lunch for the prolonged royal circle of relatives. 

Throughout her annual Christmas broadcast in December, the queen, 93, referred to the “bumpy” yr of 2019: Prince Philip, 98, narrowly escaped dying or harm in a daunting automobile break that was once his fault. Her 2nd son, Prince Andrew the Duke of York, was once pressured to step clear of royal tasks within the aftermath of a disastrous media interview about his former friendship with a convicted American intercourse wrongdoer.

Her grandson Prince Harry and his spouse, Duchess Meghan of Sussex, the American divorcee and previous actress, publicly complained about withering essential media protection in Britain and in addition introduced they’d filed separate court cases towards 3 tabloids over that protection. 

However 2020 may well be shaping as much as be simply as bumpy for the royal circle of relatives: Maximum stunning of all, Harry and Meghan introduced in January they had been so bored stiff they had been forsaking their roles as senior running royals, transferring to North The united states with their child, Archie (the queen’s 8th great-grandchild), and changing into financially unbiased. 

The Sussexes, on the other hand, don’t seem to be getting divorced. 

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