DAVID LINLEY / 1961-PRESENT
David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley known professionally as David Linley, is an English furniture maker and chairman of the auction house Christie’s UK. The son of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, he is a grandson of King George VI, and is 14th in the line of succession to the British Throne and heir-apparent to the Earldom of Snowdon.
Born at the Royal property, Clarence House, in London, Linley was educated at Bedales, where he developed a passion for arts and crafts. From 1980 to 1982 he studied at Parnham College for craftsmen in wood. He opened a workshop in Dorking where he designed and made furniture for three years before setting up his own company David Linley Furniture Ltd, now known as Linley, where he makes bespoke furniture, upholstery, and interior design products known for their neoclassical appearance and use of inlaid woods. He has written numerous books and lectured around the world.
On 1 December 2006 he took up the post of chairman of Christie’s UK, having joined the board in 2005 as a non-executive director.