Queen & Royal Family remember Lord Snowdon at memorial

Today, members of the Royal Family, led by The Queen, remembered the late Earl of Snowdon at a memorial ceremony in the capital.

Her Majesty’s niece and nephew, David (now 2nd Earl of Snowdon) and Lady Sarah Chatto, were the chief attendants as Lord Snowdon’s children at the Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of the late photographer, Princess Margaret’s ex-husband.

The event took place at St Margaret’s, part of Westminster Abbey, three months after Antony’s death on 13th January, age 86. He was buried near Caernarfon, Wales, in the family plot.

Those in attendance included Prince Philip, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince William, The Duke of Gloucester and The Duke of Kent.

Jools Holland, Stephen Fry and Alan Bennett also made appearances to remember the photographer.

Tributes during the service were given by David, Lord Snowdon, the Baroness Grey-Thompson, and Patrick Kinmonth, with a prayer by the Earl’s half-brother.

“His marriage to HRH The Princess Margaret brought Lord Snowdon to early public notice; his portraits of members of the Royal Family remain among his most memorable images. He is celebrated for his support of the creative arts and artists. Yet it is also for his championship of those who live with disability that he will be remembered by many,” said Reverend Jane Sinclair, Canon of Westminster and Rector of St Margaret’s Church.

To end the service, there was a collection in aid of the Snowdon Trust, which helps those with disabilities in higher education or training. It has helped over 2,500 people so far.

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