Raised under the glare of publicity, and rarely shy about asserting her royal status, Princess Margaret seems to have wanted a very different childhood for her son and daughter.
“My children are not royal, they just have the queen for their aunt,” she once said.
And it seems his grandchildren enjoy the same low-key approach to life.
Few members of the public, for example, would recognize Charles Armstrong-Jones, for example, despite the fact that he is the Queen’s great-nephew and a key part of the extended royal family.
Charles, who has just turned 24, has the title of Viscount Linley, but leads a private life as a musician, displaying an artistic bent that perhaps reflects something from his grandmother, Princess Margaret, his cabinet-maker father, and his artist aunt, Lady Sarah. Chatto. .
Charles Armstrong Jones at the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla in Westminster Abbey on May 6
In March 2012, Charles, pictured with father Earl Snowdon, was appointed as the first page of honor to his great-aunt Queen Elizabeth. Since then, he has not taken any real responsibilities.
Charles (far right) is pictured with his father, the Earl of Snowdon (far left), his sister Lady Margaret (centre left) and their mother Serena, Countess of Snowdon.
His cousin Sam Chatto, for his part, is an artist and yoga teacher.
Princess Margaret’s four grandchildren usually appear only at important national events, such as royal weddings, funerals, the coronation or Trooping the Colour.
The eldest child of David Armstrong-Jones and his ex-wife, Serena, Charles Patrick Inigo Armstrong-Jones, 24, was born at Portland Hospital in Marylebone on July 1, 1999.
A year later, Lord Snowdon moved to Kensington Palace with his then-wife and son Charles in 2000 to look after Princess Margaret before she died in May 2002.
Just three months after his death, Charles’s younger sister, Lady Margaret Elizabeth Rose Alleyne Armstrong-Jones, was born at the same hospital.
The family remained in London afterwards, occasionally spending a weekend in Gloucestershire at the Bamfords’ Daylesford estate.
The Queen kept in close contact with her nephew and always invited her family to spread Christmas with the rest of the Royal Family at Sandringham.
Like other members of the family, including Princes William and Harry, Charles was educated at Eton College and was in the same year as his cousin Arthur Chatto, the second son of Princess Margaret’s daughter, Lady Sarah Chatto.
Charles then went on to study product design engineering at Loughborough University.
Unlike his younger sister, Charles did not participate in the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011.
In March 2012, the 12-year-old royal was named the first page of honor to his great-aunt Queen Elizabeth.
Like many members of his family, including Princes William and Harry, Charles was educated at Eton College and was in the same year as his cousin Arthur Chatto, the second son of Lady Sarah Chatto (right)
Born in 1999, Charles moved to Kensington Palace with his father and mother in 2000.
It was a ceremonial role that involved holding the long train of the Queen’s dress on formal occasions, including the State Opening of Parliament and the Order of the Garter service.
Speaking of his appointment as Page of Honour, a courtier told The Telegraph: “Charles never made a fuss about not being a page, but the Queen was keen to make sure he didn’t feel left out.”
Charles held his position until 2015, since then he has lived free of royal responsibilities.
Graduated in 2021, now works as a musician. His sister Margarita told him Tatler: ‘He is very involved in his orchestral music. he is self-taught [and he] He can sing, play the piano and the guitar.
“Somehow he combines everything, including the online choruses, on his laptop into one piece of music.”
Charles’s father, David, became Earl of Snowdon upon the death of his own father, Antony Armstrong-Jones, in 2017.
Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley is the eldest son of Princess Margaret’s son, David Armstrong-Jones.
Princess Margaret’s grandchildren Arthur Chatto, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Charles Armstrong-Jones and Samuel Chatto (L-R) were photographed at a thanksgiving service for the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret in 2012
Charles, in turn, became Viscount Linley.
Today, he is the only one of Princess Margaret’s grandchildren to have a title. Now, he is the heir apparent to the Earldom of Snowdon and 26th in line to the British throne, after his father.
Her parents, David and Lady Serena, are regulars at major royal events, seen at weddings, Royal Ascot, Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and last year’s state funeral.
In May, David attended the Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla with his two sons by his side. The royals were seated behind a row of royals, including Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Prince Harry.
King Charles is close to his first cousins on his late mother’s side of the family: David Armstrong-Jones and his sister, Lady Sarah Chatto.
He took his father’s title, Viscount Linley, when his grandfather died. Her father, David Armstrong-Jones, became the 2nd Earl of Snowdon (pictured with David Walliams, right)
His parents, David Armstrong-Jones and Serena Stanhope, met when their father, the 12th Earl of Harrington, asked David to design furniture for him.
Their 1993 wedding at St Margaret’s Westminster was attended by 650 guests, including Elton John, the Aga Khan and King Constantine II of Greece, and the British royal family.
But after nearly 30 years of marriage, David and Serena announced their divorce in 2020. A spokesperson said the couple had: “amicably agreed that their marriage has come to an end.”