Lord Snowdon, l'ex-mari de la princesse Margaret d'Angleterre est décédé ce vendredi 13 janvier 2017 à l'âge de 86 ans. Selon son agence de photos, Camera Press, le photographe de renom et réalisateur de films "est mort sereinement à son domicile". La reine a été immédiatement informée et s'est déclarée "profondément attristée par la nouvelle". Antony Armstrong-Jones, photographe de stars et de la bonne société dans le "swinging London" des sixties, avait épousé la soeur cadette de la reine Elizabeth II, la princesse Margaret, le 6 mai 1960, mais le couple devait se séparer seize ans plus tard et divorcer en 1978. De cette union sont nés deux enfants, lady Sarah et le vicomte Linley. Antony Armstrong-Jones, comte Snowdon, a photographié durant sa carrière de nombreuses stars et membres de familles royales comme la princesse Diana, la princesse Anne, le couple royal, mais aussi Jack Nicholson, Elizabeth Taylor ou David Bowie. Après son divorce avec la princesse Margaret, il se remaria avec une chargée de recherches à la BBC Lucy Mary Lindsay-Hogg entre 1978 et 2000.Lord Snowdon was a talented film maker and photographer whose marriage to Princess Margaret fed the gossip columns for more than a decade.His career was punctuated by lurid tales of extra-marital affairs, alcohol and drugs, but throughout it all he maintained a close contact with the Royal Family.His body of photographic work featured the cream of British society, although he was usually dismissive about his work.He was most proud of the stunning aviary he helped design for London Zoo.He was born on 7 March 1930 into a family of minor gentry.BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said the Queen was "saddened" by the news of his death. He added that Lord Snowdon had been ill for some time.The Snowdon Trust, the charity that gives grants to disabled students founded by Snowdon in 1981, said its thoughts were with his family."He helped change attitudes towards disability and campaigned tirelessly against discrimination," it said.Snowdon was the son of barrister Ronald Armstrong-Jones QC and Anne Messel, who went on to become the Countess of Rosse.He was educated at Sandroyd School, Salisbury, and then Eton, before heading to Jesus College, Cambridge, to study natural history. He switched to architecture after only 10 days but he eventually embarked on a career as a photographer after failing his second year exams.During his career he also photographed actors and actresses for theatre publicity shots, including Laurence Olivier and Marlene Dietrich.