On 1st May 1964, Princess Margaret gave birth to a girl named Sarah at Kensington Palace. She was the second child and only daughter of The Queen’s sister and Lord Snowdon, Antony Armstrong-Jones. At the time of her birth, Sarah was seventh in line of succession to the British throne. In the present day, as Lady Sarah Chatto, she is currently 24th in line of succession to the British throne.
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Being only 7th in line at the time of her birth, Sarah’s childhood remained outside of the royal spotlight. Lady Sarah grew up in the nursery of Apartment 1a Kensington Palace alongside her brother, then Viscount Linley. Though the pair had a nanny, it is said that Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon were comparatively hands-on parents. They spent weekends at either Nymans or Royal Lodge and summer holidays were mostly spent at either Sandringham or Balmoral, where Sarah began to enjoy landscape painting.

Lady Sarah attended Bedales School where she left with an A Level in Art and went on to enrol at the Camberwell School of Art. After her studies at Camberwell, Sarah took a two year sabbatical to travel to India with her father. By the time of her studies, Sarah’s parents had separated and eventually divorced.

In between her studies and her trip to India, Sarah was a bridesmaid at the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. The wedding was watched by an estimated global audience of 750 million.

Though she is mainly kept out of the royal life, Sarah did accompany her mother, Princess Margaret, and her brother on an official visit to China and Hong Kong in 1987.
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It was on her trip to India that Sarah met her future husband, Daniel Chatto, where he was working on a film. Daniel proposed to Sarah in the early 1990’s and the couple married on 14th July 1994  at St Stephen’s, Walbrook, in the City of London and was officiated by the Reverend Chad Varah. Sarah’s wedding gown was by Jasper Conran and the Snowdon Floral Tiara secured her veil. She had three bridesmaids – Lady Frances Armstrong-Jones, Zara Phillips and Tara Noble.

The first child of Sarah and Daniel Chatto was born on 28th July 1996 and was named Samuel David Benedict Chatto and their second son, Arthur Robert Nathaniel Chatto, was born on 5th February 1999. The two boys are 25th and 26th in the line of succession to the British throne respectively.

Sarah is a professional painter and is represented by The Redfern Gallery and works under her maiden name of Sarah Armstrong-Jones. Sarah’s work has won numerous awards including the Windsor and Newton Prize in 1988 and the Creswick Landscape Prize in 1990.

It is often reported that Lady Sarah is a favourite of Her Majesty The Queen. It is said The Queen “adores” Sarah and will only permit her to accompany her to her favourite hideaway, Craigowan Lodge, in Aberdeenshire.
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Lady Sarah is godmother to Prince Harry, Lady Louise Windsor and Lady Rose Gilman and such is her popularity with the senior members of The Royal Family that she and her family are often invited to spend time with Prince Charles at Balmoral.

 

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