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Lord Snowdon, former husband of the late Princess Margaret, has died, aged 86 (click for more)

He was the first commoner in 450 years to marry into royalty but he was also remembered for his affairs and bohemian lifestyle.

As Anthony Armstrong Jones he was an acclaimed photographer and together with the glamorous sister of The Queen helped usher in the swinging sixties.

They married in Westminster Abbey in 1960 and drew attention for their friendships with famous writers, artists and actors such as Peter Sellers and Noel Coward.

After it was announced that the princess was expecting a baby – the future Viscount Linley – the Queen conferred an aristocratic title on Mr Armstrong-Jones, choosing his title Earl of Snowdon because of his family associations with Caernarfon in north Wales.

The couple had a second child, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, in May 1964, but there were soon reports of problems in the marriage amid speculation linking the Earl with society ladies such as Lady Jacqueline Rufus-Isaacs and Lady Harlech.

He came close to tragedy when Formula 1 racing driver Graham Hill and five colleagues were killed in a plane crash at Elstree. Lord Snowdon was due to be aboard but for a late change of plan.

After his divorce from Princess Margaret he married Lucy Lindsay-Hogg, 14 years his junior, with whom he had a daughter.

At the age of 68, he had an affair with Country Life journalist Melanie Cable-Alexander, 35, who bore him a son, Jasper.

His wife left him and their marriage ended in the divorce court in September 2000.

He was a campaigner for the disabled, and in 1999, he accepted a life peerage in the reformed House of Lords from which he retired in March last year.



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