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Why Princess Margaret’s daughter was left waiting at the church! A look back at Lady Sarah Chatto’s VERY rapid wedding to husband Daniel as they celebrate their anniversary today

There were few relatives closer to the late Queen Elizabeth than her niece, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones.

In fact the Queen was said to ‘adore’ Princess Margaret‘s daughter. 

For all her importance to the Royal Family, her 1994 marriage to Daniel Chatto were distinctly low-key compared with other royal weddings at the time – and since.

Daniel and Sarah were married on July 14, 1994, at St Stephen Walbrook Church in London in front of just 200 guests.

Bride Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of Britain's Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, with  groom Daniel Chatto after their wedding Bride Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of Britain's Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, with  groom Daniel Chatto after their wedding

Bride Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of Britain’s Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, with  groom Daniel Chatto after their wedding

Instead of flower girls, Lady Sarah had three bridesmaids, her cousin's daughter Zara Phillips, her half-sister Lady Frances Armstrong-Jones and her friend Tara Noble Singh Instead of flower girls, Lady Sarah had three bridesmaids, her cousin's daughter Zara Phillips, her half-sister Lady Frances Armstrong-Jones and her friend Tara Noble Singh

Instead of flower girls, Lady Sarah had three bridesmaids, her cousin’s daughter Zara Phillips, her half-sister Lady Frances Armstrong-Jones and her friend Tara Noble Singh

Their ceremony lasted just 30 minutes - and the couple's driver was caught off guard when they left the church Their ceremony lasted just 30 minutes - and the couple's driver was caught off guard when they left the church

Their ceremony lasted just 30 minutes – and the couple’s driver was caught off guard when they left the church

This was the first time that the venue had been chosen for a royal wedding.

For her dress, Lady Sarah chose a creation by Jasper Conran, who was much in-demand at the time. 

Described since as one of the most timeless of royal designs, it comprised layers of ivory georgette fabric with a square-cut, corseted bodice and long elegant sleeves. 

Lady Sarah also had dresses made by the same designer for the three bridesmaids –  Zara Phillips (daughter of Princess Anne), her own half-sister, Lady Frances Armstrong-Jones and her friend, Tara Noble Singh.

The bridesmaid dresses were strikingly similar to the bride’s own wedding dress, all featuring long sleeves, full skirts and a corset bodice that laced up at the back. 

The notable differences were the round necklines and the bright pink and pastel-coloured flowers in the bridesmaid’s hair. Lady Sarah carried a white bouquet. 

Although the late Queen Elizabeth II would have lent the royal bride a diadem from her private collection, Lady Sarah chose to wear her own tiara made especially for the wedding by Wartski. 

The Snowdon Floral Tiara is comprised of three floral diamond brooches along with additional floral elements. 

The brooches were a gift from her father, Antony, to her mother, Margaret, in 1960 to mark their wedding.

The ceremony at St Stephen Walbrook was famously brief, lasting just 30 minutes. 

In fact, the couple’s driver was caught off-guard, leaving the newlyweds to stand waiting when they left the church.

The wedding came at a turbulent time for the Royal Family, with the Queen’s ‘annus horribilis’ of 1992 – in which both Prince Charles and Prince Andrew separated from their wives – still in the memory.

While Lady Sarah was the niece of the late Queen, the day was understated when compared to other royal weddings. Pictured: Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon outside of the church While Lady Sarah was the niece of the late Queen, the day was understated when compared to other royal weddings. Pictured: Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon outside of the church

While Lady Sarah was the niece of the late Queen, the day was understated when compared to other royal weddings. Pictured: Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon outside of the church

The late Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip were among the guests The late Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip were among the guests

The late Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip were among the guests

Sarah and Daniel’s wedding made headlines for being  the first event attended by Charles and Princess Diana since he had admitted to having an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.

Other senior royals among the guests included  Lady Sarah’s mother, Princess Margaret, Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the late Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen Mother, Princess Anne and Prince Edward with his bride-to-be Sophie Rhys-Jones.

The wedding reception was held at the Queen Mother’s London residence, Clarence House, for the reception. The couple spent their honeymoon in India, where they first met.

One of the more private members of the Royal Family, Lady Sarah does not undertake official duties.

The couple have two sons, Samuel, born in 1996, and Arthur, born in 1999.

For the bride's wedding dress, Lady Sarah opted for the much in-demand designer of the time, Jasper Conran For the bride's wedding dress, Lady Sarah opted for the much in-demand designer of the time, Jasper Conran

For the bride’s wedding dress, Lady Sarah opted for the much in-demand designer of the time, Jasper Conran

The dress was made from layers of ivory georgette fabric with a square-cut, corseted bodice and featured elegant long sleeves The dress was made from layers of ivory georgette fabric with a square-cut, corseted bodice and featured elegant long sleeves

The dress was made from layers of ivory georgette fabric with a square-cut, corseted bodice and featured elegant long sleeves

Sarah and Daniel's wedding made headlines as the first event attended by Prince Charles and Princess Diana since he admitted to having an affair Sarah and Daniel's wedding made headlines as the first event attended by Prince Charles and Princess Diana since he admitted to having an affair

Sarah and Daniel’s wedding made headlines as the first event attended by Prince Charles and Princess Diana since he admitted to having an affair

Pictured: Princess Margaret greet the clergy ahead of her daughter's wedding to Daniel Chatto Pictured: Princess Margaret greet the clergy ahead of her daughter's wedding to Daniel Chatto

Pictured: Princess Margaret greet the clergy ahead of her daughter’s wedding to Daniel Chatto

The pair married at St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London with just  200 guests The pair married at St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London with just  200 guests

The pair married at St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London with just  200 guests

The wedding guests went to the Queen Mother's London residence, Clarence House, for the reception The wedding guests went to the Queen Mother's London residence, Clarence House, for the reception

The wedding guests went to the Queen Mother’s London residence, Clarence House, for the reception

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