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Little known royal walks alongside Prince William and Harry during the Queen's procession

Little known royal walks alongside Prince William and Harry during the Queen's procession

David Linley, Earl of Snowdon, joined senior royals at the Queen's procession through the streets of London.

The Queen’s procession through central London included a little known member of the royal family. Watch below:

David Linley, the Earl of Snowdon, formerly known as Viscount Linley until 2017, is the Queen’s 60-year-old nephew. He is the eldest child of Princess Margaret, the Queen’s beloved sister, and celebrity photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, who died in 2017.

Earl of Snowdon [center rear] joined senior royals in the procession.
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Linley is now 24th in line to the throne and when the Queen Mother died in 2002, he joined King Charles III, who was the Prince of Wales at the time, Andrew, the Duke of York and Edward, the Earl of Wessex in standing guard of her coffin.

He was born on 3 November 1961 in Clarence House and he has one sister, Lady Sarah Chatto, 58.

Linley was married to Serena Stanhope in October 1993 at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster with 650 guests in attendance.

The couple, who split in February 2020, have two children; Charles Patrick Inigo Armstrong-Jones, born in 1999, and Lady Margarita Elizabeth Rose Alleyne Armstrong-Jones, born in 2002.

The Queen's coffin was taken to Westminster Hall, London.
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He owns a company creating custom-made furniture for luxurious homes and had an incredibly close relationship with the Queen.

At the Queen’s procession on Wednesday 14 September Linley joined King Charles III, Prince William and Prince Harry with Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Edward.

Thousands of mourners lined the streets along the 38-minute journey through the capital.

The Queen’s coffin was pulled by two horses and draped in the Royal Standard flag, with the Imperial State Crown sitting on top of it on a velvet cushion.

King Charles III at his mother's procession.
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William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry walked side-by-side in the procession. The former dressed in military uniform while the Duke of Sussex wore black, with medals on display on his chest.

After leaving Buckingham Palace, the coffin was taken down the mall and past the Cenotaph in London, with Big Ben tolling and guns being fired in Hyde Park to mark each minute of the march.

The coffin has now arrived at the Palace of Westminster, where the bearer party carried it to a wooden platform in the oldest part of the estate, Westminster Hall.

The lying in state will then begin and will last four days before the Queen's funeral on Monday 19 September. Members of the public will be able to visit the Queen's coffin to pay their respects during this period.

A national one-minute silence will be held in honour of the Queen, at 8.00pm on Sunday, 18 September.

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Topics: News, Royal Family, The Queen