Lady Sarah Chatto

Lady Sarah Chatto
Lady Sarah Frances Elizabeth Armstrong-Jones

(1964-05-01) 1 May 1964 (age 56)
Kensington Palace, London, England
Occupation Painter
( m.  1994)
Children 2
Family Armstrong-Jones family
House of Windsor

Lady Sarah Frances Elizabeth Chatto (née Armstrong-Jones; born 1 May 1964) is the only daughter of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, and a niece of Queen Elizabeth II. She is the youngest granddaughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. At the time of her birth she was seventh in line of succession to the British throne and is currently 24th.

Early life and education

Sarah Armstrong-Jones was born on 1 May 1964[1] at Kensington Palace in London. She was christened in the private chapel at Buckingham Palace[2] on 13 July 1964.[3] Her godmothers were Prudence, Lady Penn (née Stewart-Wilson), stepsister of Jocelyn Stevens; Jane Stevens, the wife of Jocelyn Stevens and one of Princess Margaret's ladies-in-waiting; and Marigold Bridgeman.[4] Her godfathers were David Fane, 15th Earl of Westmorland, and her father's friend Antony Barton.[4]

Lady Sarah is herself a godmother to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex,[5] Lady Rose Gilman,[6] and Lady Louise Windsor.[7]

Lady Sarah and her brother, David, then Viscount Linley, grew up in the nursery of Kensington Palace, Apartment 10.[8][9] They were raised with a nanny called Verona Sumner, although their parents, most especially their father, were comparatively hands-on (for the time), with their father teaching them to build things and be creative.[8] They spent weekends, depending on with which parent, at either Nymans or Royal Lodge.[8] Holidays were given to the royal estates at Sandringham and Balmoral, where Lady Sarah did a lot of landscape painting.[8]

Lady Sarah was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer. She accompanied her mother and brother on an official visit to China and Hong Kong in May 1987.[8]

She attended Bedales School, which she left with a single A level in Art.[8] She enrolled at the Camberwell School of Art.[10] She also studied art at the Royal Academy Schools.[10] After her studies there, she took a two-year sabbatical to travel with her father to India, where he was employed to photograph the production of A Passage to India.[8] The film's producer, John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne, gave her a job as an intern, assisting the wardrobe department (without credit)[4] and studying wood gilding under her father's cousin Thomas Messel.[8] Returning to England, she enrolled at Middlesex Polytechnic (renamed as Middlesex University since 1992).

Professional life

From 9 December 2015 to 23 April 2016, the Redfern Gallery exhibited "recent paintings and drawings" by "Sarah Armstrong-Jones."[11]

She has been exhibiting her work, always under the name Sarah Armstrong-Jones, at the Redfern Gallery since 1995.[12] Her work has won awards: The Windsor & Newton Prize in 1988 and The Creswick Landscape Prize in 1990.[12]

She is vice-president of The Royal Ballet,[4] an appointment she accepted in 2004, following the example of her mother, who was also a patron of the Royal Ballet until her death two years before.[8]

Marriage and issue

The arms of Lady Sarah, being her father's borne on a lozenge.

Lady Sarah met Daniel Chatto during her sabbatical in India with her father in the 1980s. He was also working on a film, albeit a different film—Heat and Dust.[13] Chatto proposed to her with a "vintage cluster ring."[14] She married Chatto on 14 July 1994,[1] the marriage being officiated by the Reverend Chad Varah at St Stephen's, Walbrook, in the City of London. The bride's wedding gown was designed by Jasper Conran.[13] The Snowdon Floral Tiara which is made out of three brooches secured her veil.[15] Her bridesmaids were Lady Frances Armstrong-Jones, Zara Phillips (daughter of her cousin Anne, Princess Royal), and Tara Noble.[13] The couple have two sons:

  • Samuel David Benedict Chatto (born 28 July 1996) who is 25th in the line of succession to the British throne as of May 2019.
  • Arthur Robert Nathaniel Chatto (born 5 February 1999) who is 26th in the line of succession to the British throne and a former page of honour to Queen Elizabeth II (his grand-aunt) from 2009[16] to 2015.[17]

Both children attended Eton College. In 2018, Samuel graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in the History of Art and now works as a potter. Arthur is currently enrolled at the University of Edinburgh.


  1. ^ a b Wayne C. Thompson (20 July 2016). Western Europe 2016–2017. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 30–. ISBN 978-1-4758-2905-1.
  2. ^ "The Royal Christening (Part 2)". Days of Majesty. Archived from the original on 23 September 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Princess Margaret with her baby daughter". Getty Images. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Knightley, Emma; Michaels, Ashley (2017). Coco, Tatiana (ed.). The Queen's Niece and Nephew (3 ed.). Archived from the original (Kindle) on 9 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.[self-published source?]
  5. ^ Smith, Terry; Thorpe-Tracey, Rosemary. "A Windsor War". People. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  6. ^ Koenig, Marlene. "Windsor-Gilman Nuptials". Royal Musings. Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Royal Godparents". Yvonne's Royalty Page. Archived from the original on 27 August 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i Aronson, Theo (2013). Princess Margaret: A Biography. Thistle Publishing.
  9. ^ Their mother moved to 1A, currently occupied by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, after divorcing Snowdon, while Prince and Princess Michael of Kent took Apartment 10. This information is clearly stated in Theo Aronson's biography of Princess Margaret.
  10. ^ a b Archived entry for "Lady Sarah Chatto" at Debrett's:
  11. ^ "Sarah Armstrong-Jones: Recent Paintings and Drawings". The Redfern Gallery. Archived from the original on 15 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  12. ^ a b "Sarah Armstrong-Jones". The Redfern Gallery. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  13. ^ a b c Green, Michelle. "An Artful Match". People. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  14. ^ Chang, Mahalia (27 November 2017). "A Thorough History Of British Royal Engagement Rings". Harper's Bazaar Australia. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  15. ^ "The Top Ten: Princess Margaret's Jewels". The Court Jeweller. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  16. ^ Koenig, Marlene Eilers. "Four Pages at the State Opening of Parliament". Royal Musings. Archived from the original on 20 April 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  17. ^ "Queen Appoints Pages of Honour". Royal News. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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Lady Sarah Chatto
Born: 1 May 1964
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones
Line of succession to the British Throne
24th position
Succeeded by
Samuel Chatto
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Countess of Snowdon
The Lady Sarah Chatto
Succeeded by
The Duchess of Gloucester