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Royals remember 'rebel' Lord Snowden

By Harriet Line

Lord Snowdon was a "rebel" who considered himself a "failure", his son said at a service to remember the celebrity photographer and former husband of Princess Margaret.

The Second Earl of Snowdon paid tribute to his father at the service of thanksgiving attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

David Armstrong-Jones said his father "was a rebel, but never the sort of rebel to do what one might expect rebels to do"... "who thought of himself as a failure".

He questioned how someone who had created such a "sensitive" body of photographic work could have failed, and said his father had coxed the Cambridge University crew to victory in the 1950 boat race, water-skied across the English Channel and campaigned "tirelessly for the disabled".

Lord Snowdon, born Antony Armstrong-Jones, died peacefully at home on January 13 this year aged 86.

The Eton-educated photographer took portraits of the most famous faces of the 20th century, from Diana, Princess of Wales to Elizabeth Taylor, in a career that lasted more than six decades. Lord Snowdon was the only photographer to have had sittings with the Queen throughout her long reign.

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