Serena Armstrong-Jones, Viscountess Linley

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Serena Alleyne Armstrong-Jones, Viscountess Linley (née Stanhope; born 1 March 1970) is an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, and by marriage, a niece-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Early life[edit]

Lady Linley was born in Limerick, Ireland. She is the daughter of Charles Stanhope, 12th Earl of Harrington, and the former Virginia Freeman Jackson.[1] Her parents divorced when she was 13 years old. Through her father, Lady Linley descends from Charles II of England's illegitimate child, Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Grafton.[2]

Marriage and children[edit]

The marriage between Serena Stanhope and David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, son of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, took place on 8 October 1993 at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster. The bride's diamond engagement ring and wedding band are from Wartski.[3] She wore a dress designed by Bruce Robbins,[4] noted for its resemblance to Princess Margaret's 1960 Norman Hartnell wedding dress.[5] Her going-away outfit was designed by Robinson Valentine.[6]

Lord and Lady Linley have two children:

Career[edit]

In 2010, she opened Serena Linley Provence, a shop selling soaps, scent and candles using lavender from Provence,[7] where the Linleys have a home, the Chateau d'Autet in the Luberon.[8]

Titles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Person Page 10274". Thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  2. ^ Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 1796.
  3. ^ "British engagement rings". Order of Splendor. 
  4. ^ http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/galleries/TMG8466339/14/Royal-wedding-dresses-through-the-years-in-pictures.html
  5. ^ "The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor: Top 10 Best Royal Wedding Dresses: #6. HRH Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon". Orderofsplendor.blogspot.com. 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  6. ^ "Latest news and profile of Anna Valentine". hellomagazine.com. 2001-01-01. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  7. ^ "Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | UK News :: Scent of success for Lord Linley’s wife". Express.co.uk. 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  8. ^ Passion for Provence

External links[edit]

Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Isla Phillips
Ladies
Viscountess Linley
Succeeded by
Lady Sarah Chatto