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David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (born 3 November 1961), known professionally as David Linley, a bespoke furniture maker and chairman of Christie's UKmarker, the international auction house. The son of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon; he is thirteenth in the line of succession to the British Throne and heir to the Earldom of Snowdon.


Born at the Royal property, Clarence Housemarker, in Londonmarker Linley was educated at Bedales, where he developed a passion for arts and crafts. From 1980 to 1982 he studied at Parnham College for craftsmen in wood. He opened a workshop in Dorkingmarker where he designed and made furniture for three years before setting up his own company David Linley Furniture Ltd, now known as Linley, where he makes bespoke furniture, upholstery, and interior design products known for their neoclassical appearance and use of inlaid woods. He has written numerous books and lectured around the world.

On 1 December 2006 he took up the post of chairman of Christie's UK, having joined the board in 2005 as a non-executive director.

After romances with Susannah Constantine, Kate Menzies, and Nicola Formby, Lord Linley married The Hon. Serena Stanhope, a daughter of the Hon. Charles Stanhope (now Earl of Harrington), on 8 October 1993.

They have two children:

Name Birth Notes
The Hon. Charles Patrick Inigo Armstrong-Jones 1 July 1999 Born in London, second in line to the Earldom of Snowdon. Named in honour of the Prince of Wales; Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, the birthplace of his mother; and 17th century English architect and designer Inigo Jones. Six godparents: Lady Bruce Dundas (aka Ruth Kennedy), Nigel Harvey, Nick Powell, Orlando Rock, Lucinda Cecil and Rita Konig (lifestyle writer, Vogue columnist, and daughter of royal-family decorator Nina Campbell).
The Hon. Margarita Elizabeth Rose Alleyne Armstrong-Jones 14 May 2002 Named for her paternal grandmother, the late Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and great-aunt, Elizabeth II. Rose was, according to her father in an interview with Majesty Magazine, selected by her brother Charles. Alleyne is also one of her mother's middle names.


Lord Linley is the son of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and the 1st Earl of Snowdon; thus he is the nephew of Queen Elizabeth II, and a grandson of George VI. Though his mother was a princess, in the United Kingdom, royal titles and styles are passed only from the father. Similarly, the children of Princess Anne do not hold titles. He does not hold the title Viscount Linley in his own right; rather, it is a courtesy title used by the eldest son and heir general of the Earl of Snowdon. If he outlives his father, Lord Linley will assume the title, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, in his own right. At the time of his birth he was fifth in the line of succession to the British throne, now he is in thirteenth place and is the first person in the line of succession who is not a descendant of the Queen.

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LINLEY Company

The LINLEY company is based in London although it has an international client base. There are two shops, LINLEY Belgravia (60 Pimlico Road) and LINLEY Mayfair (46 Albemarle Street). From these shops, the core retail collections are sold encompassing furniture, upholstery and home accessories. In addition to this the company offers a bespoke design service and an interior design service. LINLEY also operates an e-commerce business selling gifts and home accessories on-line.

LINLEY Collaborations

In 2009, LINLEY Company collaborated with Grosvenor Group and Jonathan Myles-Lea to provide furniture by Linley and art by Myles-Lea in the launch of a recently renovated Grosvenor property in Lower Belgrave Street.


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