Queen ‘sad­dened’ as Lord Snow­den, pho­tog­ra­pher who wed Mar­garet, dies

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THE Queen is said to be “sad­dened” af­ter the death of her for­mer brother-in-law, the celebrity pho­tog­ra­pher Lord Snowdon, at the age of 86.

Fa­mous fig­ures from his­tory rang­ing from the likes of David Bowie, Fred­die Mer­cury, Jack Nicholson and Elizabeth Tay­lor al­lowed them­selves to be photographed by the man who mar­ried into roy­alty in 1960, when he be­came Princess Mar­garet’s hus­band.

But it was his pic­tures of Princess Diana and Prince Charles be­fore and dur­ing an­other fated mar­riage that are amongst his most en­dur­ing im­ages.

Buck­ing­ham Palace said the Queen had been in­formed of his death, with the BBC’s royal cor­re­spon­dent Ni­cholas Witchell claim­ing she was “sad­dened” by the news.

Lord Snowdon was di­vorced from Princess Mar­garet in 1978, but re­mained a prom­i­nent fig­ure and cam­paigner on is­sues such as men­tal health and dis­abil­ity.

Mar­jorie Wal­lace, the founder of the men­tal health char­ity Sane, who had a five- year re­la­tion­ship with him, first met him in the 1970s as she worked on sto­ries for the Sun­day Times about in­jus­tices for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and later men­tal ill­ness.

Ms Wal­lace said: “I was al­ways im­pressed by his com­mit­ment and com­pas­sion, and how my words and his iconic pho­to­graphs could in some cases change per­cep­tions.

“Through­out our work­ing years to­gether, sub­se­quently and up un­til his death to­day we were and re­mained good friends.

“I will miss our reg­u­lar lunches and phone calls, his dig­nity and hu­mour, and his en­cour­age­ment for the work we do.”

The Snowdon Trust, which gives grants to dis­abled stu­dents and was set up by Lord Snowdon in 1981, said: “He helped change at­ti­tudes to­wards dis­abil­ity and cam­paigned tire­lessly against dis­crim­i­na­tion.”

Lord Snowdon, who was born Antony Arm­strongJones, died peace­fully at home yes­ter­day, said Cam­era Press, the pho­to­graphic agency he worked with for a num­ber of years.

He is thought to have suf­fered a long ill­ness.

Lord Snowdon be­gan his ca­reer in 1952 as a so­ci­ety pho­tog­ra­pher for Tatler mag­a­zine and his skill at tak­ing por­traits saw him com­mis­sioned to cap­ture the of­fi­cial im­ages of the Queen and Duke of Ed­in­burgh for their 1957 tour of Canada.

He and Mar­garet be­came a fix­ture on the celebrity cir­cuit in the 1960s, meet­ing for ex­am­ple, the likes of The Bea­tles, as stuffy royal tra­di­tion was swept away.

EARLY DAYS: Lord Snowdon, then An­thony Arm­strong Jones, and his fu­ture wife Princess Mar­garet posed for this en­gage­ment pho­to­graph in Fe­bru­ary 1960.

FRIEND­SHIP: Lord Snowdon is greeted by the Queen in Oc­to­ber 1998.

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