Former husband of Princess Margaret, Lord Snowdon, dies aged 86

British photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, the former husband of Queen Elizabeth II's late sister Princess Margaret, has died at the age of 86, the photographic agency where he worked said on Friday.

Snowdon, born Anthony Armstrong-Jones, was a photographer and filmmaker when he married the princess in 1960 in the first-ever televised royal wedding.

They declined to comment further on the death of Lord Snowdon, who was married to the queen's sister Princess Margaret from 1960 until their divorce in 1978.

When he and Princess Margaret tied the knot in 1960 at a grand ceremony in Westminster Abbey, he became the first commoner to Wednesday a king's daughter in 450 years.

But their fiery marriage finally ended in 1978 after apparent troublesome times including frequent love affairs which began early on.

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But the professional photographer - whose full name is Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones - spent almost two decades at the heart of the Royal Family.

The celebrated artist became the the royal photographer after his marriage to Princess Margaret. "It was very avant-garde".

Snowdon was one of the most successful photographers in Britain and one of the few members of the royal family to have an outside job.

The Snowdon Trust, the charity that gives grants to disabled students founded by Snowdon in 1981, said its thoughts were with his family.

During his career he also photographed actors and actresses for theatre publicity shots, including Laurence Olivier and Marlene Dietrich.

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