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