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Viscount Linley
Viscount Linley Trooping the Colour Saturday June 16th 2007.jpg
Born David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones
3 November 1961 (1961-11-03) (age 48)
Clarence House, London
Title Viscount Linley
Spouse(s) Lady Serena Stanhope
Issue Charles Armstrong-Jones
Margarita Armstrong-Jones
Parents Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon
Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom

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 UK, 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.[1]



Born at the Royal property, Clarence House, in London 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 Dorking 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.[2]

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.[2]

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, Viscount 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.[1]

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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

David Linley founded his business in 1985 with the aim of designing and manufacturing furniture of the highest quality. Some 24 years on, the now well established British design company LINLEY enjoys prominence as both a retail and bespoke business specializing in the design and production of furniture, upholstery, interiors, lighting and accessories of a superlative quality. The focus of the company over the next five years will be on the international expansion of the interior design business, as well as on the consolidation of the UK retail presence, which began with the opening of a second LINLEY shop (LINLEY Mayfair) in Autumn 2005.

In addition LINLEY launched a new fully transactional e-commerce website in November 2008. As well as selling gifts and accessories on-line, the website showcases some of the best interior design projects and unique commissioned pieces created by LINLEY to date.

David Linley trained at Parnham House, The School for Craftsmen in Wood. On leaving he set up a cabinet-making business and opened the first LINLEY shop on the New Kings Road in 1985. At the time of its opening, Sir Roy Strong (then Director of the V&A) commented that ‘David Linley’s furniture will become the antiques of the future’. In 1993, the shop moved to new premises at 60 Pimlico Road, Belgravia an area renowned for antiques and fine furniture. The second LINLEY shop opened in Autumn 2005 at 46 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1, off Old Bond Street.

Over the years, LINLEY has built up both a national and international presence with a quarter of its customer base from overseas. Bespoke commissions have ranged from individual domestic pieces such as dining tables, games tables and jewellery boxes to entire interior design projects including private residences such as an apartment within Norman Foster’s Chesa Futura building in St Moritz. Commercial projects have included suites at Claridge’s and the Kempinski Baltschug in Moscow, the complete refurbishment of the restaurant at The Goring Hotel and also the Sloane Club Restaurant in London. LINLEY has also made furniture for yachts, (Lady Moura, Savannah and Phocea), private jets and worked on corporate projects for businesses including Credite Suisse, Polygram and EMI. Clients include Oprah Winfrey, Carolina Herrera, Jo Malone, David Tang and many exceptional designers such as Peter Marino, David Easton, Kelly Hoppen, Joanna Wood and Nina Campbell.

LINLEY has become known for its imaginative use of wood in the design of furniture, using a balance of traditional and modern techniques to achieve the best possible result whether for an individual piece or an entire room. Woods used range from the more traditional walnut and sycamore to bold and exotic Macassar ebony. The company, which has grown to epitomize quintessential British style, has developed expertise in working in a variety of disciplines and is skilled in the use of metal work, glass, leather and other materials used in interior design projects.

LINLEY provides a fully comprehensive interior design service for both residential and commercial environments, but can also work in partnership with other specialists whether interior decorators, architects or specialists in technology.

.“David Linley has brought a fresh, ageless attitude to furniture and accessories and living in our time. He is already a classic”. BILL BLASS

LINLEY products are sold at LINLEY, 60 Pimlico Road, Belgravia, London SW1 and 46 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1. Accessories are available on-line at

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.

LINLEY has worked on a number of brand partnerships over the years. These have included Krug, Creme de la Mer, Claridge's, Dunhill and Macallan Whisky.


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British royalty
Preceded by
Zara Phillips
Line of succession to the British throne
13th position
Succeeded by
The Hon Charles Armstrong-Jones
Line of succession to the Earldom of Snowdon
1st position
United Kingdom order of precedence
Preceded by
Peter Phillips
Viscount Linley
Succeeded by
The Duke of Gloucester


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