Lord Snowden passed away peacefully at his home, according to Camera Press, his employer.
The renowned photographer, born Antony Armstrong-Jones on March 7, 1930, was married to Princess Margaret from 1960 to 1978. Theirs was a volatile union, plagued with rumors of infidelity, alcohol abuse and incessant fighting.
The couple's biographer, Christopher Warwick, told People Magazine that “during the 60s, before their marriage started going wrong, they were royalty’s golden couple. Stories about them were legion, with their star-studded parties at Kensington Palace. If you were being invited by them you were being invited to breathe in rarified air.”
According to Warwick, the couple first "became close after he [Snowden] was asked to take some private photographs." Soon enough "they fell head over heels in love. It can’t be overestimated just how in love they were.'"
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Her Majesty has been informed of her former brother-in-law's passing.
Snowden and Margaret's marriage may likely be portrayed on an upcoming season of "The Crown." The first season highlighted Margaret's whirlwind romance with Group Captain Peter Townsend, which ended after the Queen denied their request to marry and remain part of the royal family (Townsend was divorced at the time, which to this day would have prevented him from marrying in the Church of England, of which the monarch is leader).
Lord Snowden is survived by his two children with Margaret -- who died from a stroke in 2002 -- David, who inherited his father's title upon his death and is now the 2nd Earl of Snowden, and Lady Sarah Chatto.