Princess Margaret's former husband Lord Snowdon has died

Lord Snowdon

Lord Snowdon, the former husband of Princess Margaret, has died peacefully at the age of 86 a family spokesperson has announced.

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

Snowdon photographed some of the 20th century's most famous faces, from Diana, Princess of Wales to Jack Nicholson and Elizabeth Taylor, in a career that lasted more than six decades.

Marking the first real union between a king's daughter and a commoner for 450 years, the pair married in 1960 before ending in divorce 18 years later.

He also worked in design, co-creating an aviary for London Zoo and inventing an electric wheelchair.

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The death of Queen Elizabeth II's former brother-in-law is another reminder of the passing of the wartime generation that grew up with the 90-year-old queen and her friends and relatives.

His survivors include his two children with Margaret, David Armstrong-Jones, now the second Earl of Snowdon and formerly known as Viscount Linley, and Lady Sarah Chatto, and their two children each, plus two other children with other women.

Princess Margaret (left) holds son Linley alongside Lord Snowdon and the Queen Mother in 1961.

Our thoughts are with Lord Snowdon's children and the entire British Royal Family during this hard time.

Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine, told BBC News Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret had been at the heart of an "extraordinary period of glamour" for the royal family.

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