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The Queen and Prince Philip’s much loved niece Sarah Chatto looked emotional as she arrived for her uncle’s service of thanksgiving this morning

The Queen and Prince Philip’s much loved niece Sarah Chatto looked emotional as she arrived for her uncle’s service of thanksgiving this morning. 

Sarah, the daughter of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl Snowdon, enjoyed a particularly warm relationship with the Duke of Edinburgh and spent much time with him and the family growing up. 

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The 56-year-old, who is married to Daniel Chatto, looked sombre in a navy blue dress, cardigan and string of pearls as she arrived at Westminster Abbey alongside members of the Royal Family.  

The important place Sarah held in Prince Philip’s heart was reflected in the fact that she was one of just 30 mourners invited to the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April last year. 

Also in attendance is her brother David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl Snowdon, who was seated next to his daughter Margarita.

Lady Sarah, 56, wore a navy blue dress, cardigan and string of pearls as she arrived at Westminster Abbey

Lady Sarah, 56, wore a navy blue dress, cardigan and string of pearls as she arrived at Westminster Abbey

The Queen and Prince Philip's beloved niece looked happy to be joining family to remember the Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen and Prince Philip’s beloved niece looked happy to be joining family to remember the Duke of Edinburgh

Sarah Chatto's brother David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl Snowdon, who was seated next to his daughter Margarita

Sarah Chatto’s brother David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl Snowdon, who was seated next to his daughter Margarita

The Queen's niece Sarah Chatto arriving at Westminster Abbey with her husband Daniel Chatto

The Queen’s niece Sarah Chatto arriving at Westminster Abbey with her husband Daniel Chatto 

Sarah Chatto's sons Samuel

Arthur Chatto

Sarah Chatto’s sons Samuel (left) and Arthur (right) joined their parents at the high profile event today

'Surrogate mother': The Queen has been a constant support to niece Sarah and nephew David Armstrong-Jones, pictured together at Princess Margaret's funeral

‘Surrogate mother’: The Queen has been a constant support to niece Sarah and nephew David Armstrong-Jones, pictured together at Princess Margaret’s funeral

By his side: Lady Sarah Chatto with the Duke of Edinburgh at a service of thanksgiving for her father, Lord Snowdon, in 2017

By his side: Lady Sarah Chatto with the Duke of Edinburgh at a service of thanksgiving for her father, Lord Snowdon, in 2017 

Sarah was accompanied by her husband, Daniel, and their sons, Arthur and Samuel. 

Samuel, 25, and Arthur, 23, are both stars on Instagram, where they boast thousands of fans each.  

Lady Sarah Chatto was born in 1964 — the last royal baby born at a palace rather than a hospital — within weeks of cousins Prince Edward, Lady Helen Windsor and James Ogilvy.

The Queen has been described as a ‘surrogate mother’ to the siblings and is particularly close to Lady Sarah, who is understood to remind Her Majesty of her late sister. 

One royal insider previously revealed: ‘The Queen adores Sarah and seeks out her company as often as possible.She is her absolute favourite younger Royal.

‘They are hugely at ease in each other’s company. Much giggling can be heard when they are together. They share a sense of loyalty, fun, duty and the ridiculous.’

One acquaintance said: ‘Sarah is very unassuming; shy and almost embarrassed with no grandeur at all.Take royal events — she’ll be on the balcony, but she never pushes herself to the middle or the front, like some.’ 

Westminster Abbey was packed today to celebrate the 99-year life of Prince Philip as Her Majesty battled mobility issues and fought off covid to be there to say goodbye to her husband after 73 years of marriage.

The Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Princess Royal were all dressed in dark green in a subtle tribute to Philip, whose livery colour was Edinburgh Green. 

The event, attended by most of the Duke of Edinburgh’s family and many of Europe’s most senior royals, is in the starkest of contrasts to his pared back funeral at Windsor last April when Her Majesty said goodbye to her strength and stay after 73 years of marriage. 

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrive at Westminster Abbey

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrive at Westminster Abbey

The Cambridges arrived at the church hand in hand with their children Charlotte and George. Louis stayed at home

The Cambridges arrived at the church hand in hand with their children Charlotte and George.Louis stayed at home

Charles shook hands with the clergy as they entered the church just before Midday

Charles shook hands with the clergy as they entered the church just before Midday

The Tindalls were the first senior British royals to arrive, holding one of their daughter Mia's hands

The Tindalls were the first senior British royals to arrive, holding one of their daughter Mia’s hands

Peter Phillips attended the service with his children Savannah and Isla

Peter Phillips attended the service with his children Savannah and Isla

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice file into the main church

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice file into the main church 

 

‘A surrogate mother’: The close relationship the Queen and Prince Philip shared with Princess Margaret’s children 

The Queen and, formerly, Prince Philip, have been a constant support in Lady Sarah Chatto’s life. 

When she was born her parents, Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowdon, were the toast of swinging London, their Kensington Palace apartment — now the London home of William and Catherine — the scene of hedonistic parties. 

But the marriage, a rebound affair after Margaret was forbidden to marry divorced equerry Peter Townsend, was notoriously tempestuous. 

Fuelled by alcohol and affairs on both sides, their 18-year union was once described as a 16-year break-up.

At just 13, her parents’ divorce was ‘terribly upsetting’ for Sarah. 

The decision to invite Lady Sarah and her husband Daniel (pictured at wedding) to Prince Philip's funeral was an indication of how highly they are regarded in the royal family, and is a tribute to the close relationship the Duke of Edinburgh enjoyed with Princess Margaret

The decision to invite Lady Sarah and her husband Daniel (pictured at wedding) to Prince Philip’s funeral was an indication of how highly they are regarded in the royal family, and is a tribute to the close relationship the Duke of Edinburgh enjoyed with Princess Margaret

As Margaret was granted custody, the children stayed in Kensington Palace.Sarah was sent to Francis Holland School in Chelsea, a smart all-girls’ day school, followed by Bedales with her brother. 

The mixed boarding school in rural Hampshire — alma mater of actors Daniel Day-Lewis and Minnie Driver — was a fashionable, arty, bohemian choice.

It had no uniform and nurtured artistic expression above all else.It was what both parents wanted — and it ensured David and Sarah inherited a love of art.

This ‘progressive’ institution was the polar opposite to the starchiness of a royal upbringing.

One contemporary said that when Lady Sarah turned up ‘she was practically in a velvet-collar coat and tweeds although everyone else was hanging out in their kickers’.

However it was quite possibly this school — with its warm, nurturing atmosphere — that made her the woman she is now.

Sarah had grown up knowing that her mother had little time or patience for babies and small children; despite Snowdon’s reluctance, nannies and housemaids were in charge and the children were instructed never to wake their mother before 11am — a rule that was keenly enforced by Nanny Sumner. 

The Queen has been described as a 'surrogate mother' to the siblings and is particularly close to Lady Sarah, who is understood to remind Her Majesty of her late sister

The Queen has been described as a ‘surrogate mother’ to the siblings and is particularly close to Lady Sarah, who is understood to remind Her Majesty of her late sister

David and Lady Sarah enjoyed a close relationship with the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and their children growing up - often joining the family on holiday - and remain so to this day

David and Lady Sarah enjoyed a close relationship with the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and their children growing up – often joining the family on holiday – and remain so to this day

When Margaret gave her house on Mustique island in the Caribbean — Les Jolies Eaux — to David alone on his 27th birthday (he let it out and then sold it, preferring to buy an estate in Provence) it was said that Sarah was not consulted; nor did she profit from the sale.

Her father, however, doted on her and it is from him she is said to have inherited her ‘immense charm’.

From her father she also inherited her artistic eye.A foundation course at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, followed by a printed textiles course at Middlesex Polytechnic, paved the way for her training at the Royal Academy Schools.

Her oil paintings today sell for thousands and she is Vice President of the Royal Drawing School.From her mother, she inherited a love of dance. While Margaret was Patron of the Royal Ballet School, Sarah is its Vice President.

Not that the young Sarah ever felt herself to be above her art school contemporaries.

She may have shared her 21st birthday with Prince Edward, Lady Helen Windsor and James Ogilvy at Windsor Castle, but she also included all of her friends from art school.

The Earl - David Armstrong-Jones (pictured) is known for his high-end furniture company (pictured)

The Earl – David Armstrong-Jones (pictured) is known for his high-end furniture company (pictured) 

It was when she met Daniel Chatto whilst working as a wardrobe assistant on ‘Heat and Dust’, in which dashing actor Chatto had a small role, that her love life became serious.

The son of actor Tom Chatto, and theatrical agent Ros Chatto (who was the mistress of another theatrical agent, Robin Fox), Daniel appeared in around a dozen films and TV programmes, often period dramas based on the novels of W.Somerset Maugham or Charles Dickens.

He soon gave up his acting career, however, to focus on painting, a passion shared with Sarah.

Together he and Sarah set up home in Kensington whilst still unmarried — a fact that enraged Princess Margaret — where they still live in a small, pretty, Grade II listed terrace house. 

Pictured left to right, David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon, and Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, attend the Alexander Dundas's 18th birthday party hosted by Lord and Lady Dundas on December 16, 2017 in Londo

Pictured left to right, David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon, and Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, attend the Alexander Dundas’s 18th birthday party hosted by Lord and Lady Dundas on December 16, 2017 in Londo

They also have a Georgian country farmhouse near Midhurst in Sussex, given to Sarah by her godfather, the late art-loving philanthropist Simon Sainsbury.

The informal country life of dogs, horses and annual sheepdog trials — which she judges — is the essence of Sarah, a royal who has never been lured by pomp and ceremony. 

Indeed her wedding to Chatto in July 1994 was such a short, simple affair that chauffeurs were caught by surprise: the Queen, Prince Philip and Diana had to wait at the City church of St Stephen’s Walbrook after the service for their cars to come back. 

Her veil was anchored by the Snowdon Floral Tiara, created from brooches given to Princess Margaret by her husband, and the wedding portraits show the newlyweds flanked by the Queen and the Queen Mother. 

Although her childhood lacked the stability she has created for her own family — according to royal insiders, she found her mother’s early indiscretions ‘almost unbearable’ — Sarah remained a loving, dutiful daughter until the end.

Her mother’s death in 2002 — after a series of strokes and four years of suffering — saw her children by her side. 

Sarah, says a royal source, had been ‘selfless and often left her own family overnight to drive to KP to care for her mother’.

Sarah arrived at the chapel by car while her brother David Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowdon, (pictured with Prince Philip) joined the procession of senior royals walking behind the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin

Sarah arrived at the chapel by car while her brother David Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowdon, (pictured with Prince Philip) joined the procession of senior royals walking behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin

Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor

Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor

Margaret’s death also brought the Queen even closer to her only niece, in her new role as something of a surrogate mother.One, it appears, that endures to this day. 

Meanwhile David is honorary chairman for Europe, the Middle East, Russia and India of auctioneers Christie’s. He was promoted to the role in 2015 from his former role of chairman of Christie’s UK.

The Earl, also known by his professional name of David Linley, also produces luxury British accessories and has reportedly created the interiors for a number of exclusive central London homes. 

Linley was picked by Prince Charles, his first cousin, as number two in his The Prince’s Foundation, a new merger of his charity commitments, in 2018 – an appointment which raised eyebrows as he was chosen ahead of the heir to the throne’s sons William and Harry.

Last year a friend said: ‘David is very, very close to the Queen and Prince Charles.He goes to Sandringham at Christmas and turns up at Balmoral in the summer.’ 

 

Queen sheds a tear for beloved Philip: Emotional monarch wears green in tribute to late husband at Westminster Abbey memorial attended by Kate, Wills, Charles and Camilla…a year after sitting alone at his funeral at height of the pandemic 

The Queen shed a tear for Prince Philip at an extraordinary service in remembrance of his remarkable life of service to Britain and his wife today. 

Her Majesty stood in Westminster Abbey where she had personally ensured her beloved husband’s final wishes were fulfilled after his covid-hit funeral left her sat alone without the rousing hymns and guests he loved so much.

The 95-year-old monarch used a stick as she was walked to her seat by her disgraced son the Duke of York to give her ‘strength and stay’ Philip the final farewell he had wanted.The service was attended by the Royal Family and his relatives, friends and people who benefitted from his charities. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were the only senior royals not there. 

Despite battling mobility problems, she stood to pray and sing anthems during a 40-minute service that her husband of 73 years had helped plan for before his death last April.But in a controversial decision she chose Prince Andrew to support her as she arrived and left the church, clutching his elbow with one hand and a walking stick with the other. 

The Queen had stood with tears in her eyes as the 1,800-strong congregation sang Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer before the bells of Westminster Abbey rang out to mark the end of the memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh. 

After she leant on Andrew as she walked back out of the church, the Queen appeared to grimace as she walked to the car hunched over with the Duke of York at her side guiding her towards the Bentley.

She appeared to be holding tightly to her stick and appeared to be making a great effort to get to the vehicle, concentrating very hard in taking each step.Once inside the car she appeared to be back to her normal composed self as the car slowly drove away. She waved to onlookers as she arrived and left the service.

The Queen and the packed abbey had listened as the Dean of Windsor paid tribute to Philip’s intellect, work ethic, sense of humour and devotion to his family.

The Right Reverend David Conner described the duke as a ‘remarkable man’ who was committed to ‘a host of down-to-earth enterprises’.He pointed out that the duke could be ‘abrupt’, and suggested that at times he could forget ‘just how intimidating he could be’. 

Princess Beatrice was seen to give a small chuckle as the Dean remarked: ‘He could be somewhat sharp in pricking what he thought to be bubbles of pomposity or sycophancy.’ But then appeared to break down in tears, covering her face with the order of service.

The Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Princess Royal were all dressed in dark green in a subtle tribute to Philip, whose livery colour was Edinburgh Green. A number of others throughout the congregation also wore the shade, including Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holder Doyin Sonibare who delivered a special tribute about the effect Philip’s youth scheme had on her life.  

Flowers at today’s service are a patriotic red, white and blue, at Her Majesty’s request.They included dendrobium orchids, which also featured in the Queen’s wedding bouquet, and eryngium – or sea holly – echoing the duke’s career in the Royal Navy and lifelong affection for the sea. There were also multiple tributes to his intellect, work ethic, sense of humour and devotion to his family and his country. 

The Queen stood and shed a tear for her husband today at an extraordinary service in remembrance of his life

The Queen stood and shed a tear for her husband today at an extraordinary service in remembrance of his life

The Queen closed her eyes in prayer as she joined senior royals to pay tribute to Prince Philip at his memorial at Westminster Abbey

The Queen was tearful as she attended the memorial service at Westminster Abbey today for her late husband Prince Philip

The Queen closed her eyes in prayer as she joined senior royals to pay tribute to Prince Philip at his memorial at Westminster Abbey.When she opened her eyes they appeared moist

Her Majesty stands to sing surrounded by her family with the Duke of York also on the front row.From left to right, front row: Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn. (Second row left to right) The Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, the Duchess of Cambridge, Peter Phillips, Isla Phillips, Savannah Phillips, Mia Tindall, Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall

Princess Beatrice was overwhelmed by the service. Stood behind the Queen she cried and covered her face with the order of service

Princess Beatrice was overwhelmed by the service. Stood behind the Queen she cried and covered her face with the order of service

Princess Beatrice was overwhelmed by the service.Stood behind the Queen she cried and covered her face with the order of service as her grandmother removed her glasses

Her Majesty walked with the help of a stick but stood without support sat next to Charles, Camilla, Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence. Across the aisle was Prince Andrew

Her Majesty walked with the help of a stick but stood without support sat next to Charles, Camilla, Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.Across the aisle was Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew travelled with the Queen to Westminster Abbey and appeared to escort her to her seat before taking his own

Prince Andrew travelled with the Queen to Westminster Abbey and appeared to escort her to her seat before taking his own 

Prince Andrew was sat next to Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex during today’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey 

Queen Elizabeth II is helped into her car by her son Prince Andrew, right, after attending a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth II is helped into her car by her son Prince Andrew, right, after attending a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip

She spoke to her son inside the car and waved to the crowds outside the service in London, which ended this afternoon

The Queen as she left Westminster Abbey in her Rolls-Royce today, wearing a regal purple and golden brooch

The Queen as she left Westminster Abbey in her Rolls-Royce today, wearing a regal purple and BLORAJATI PROJECT golden brooch

A sombre Prince Charles leaves the church with his wife Camilla, who also looked moved by the celebration of Prince Philip's life

A sombre Prince Charles leaves the church with his wife Camilla, who also looked moved by the celebration of Prince Philip’s life

Charles was seen wiping his eyes at the service where he could say goodbye to his father after a pared back funeral last year

Prince Andrew looked serious as he waited to leave with his mother

Charles was seen wiping his eyes at the service where he could say goodbye to his father after a pared back funeral last year.Prince Andrew looked serious as he waited to leave with his mother

Prince William rests a hand on the back of his son Prince George, at the end of the memorial service for Prince Philip

 Prince William rests a hand on the back of his son Prince George, at the end of the memorial service for Prince Philip

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the Abbey with two of their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the Abbey with two of their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The Cambridges departing the Service of Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey

The Cambridges departing the Service of Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey

The Duchess of Cambridge smiled out of the window of her car as she left the Abbey with Prince William after the service

The Duchess of Cambridge smiled out of the window of her car as she left the Abbey with Prince William after the service

The Queen sits alone at Philip's pared-down funeral last April - in stark contrast to today's celebration. It was one of the defining photos of the pandemic, where many Britons were forced to mourn their loved ones in small ceremonies, sometimes alone

The Queen sits alone at Philip’s pared-down funeral last April – in stark contrast to today’s celebration. It was one of the defining photos of the pandemic, where many Britons were forced to mourn their loved ones in small ceremonies, sometimes alone

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