Happy birthday to Lady Sarah Chatto, who turned 54 on Tuesday. Sarah is one of the lesser-known members of the royal family, but she has quickly gained popularity, particularly after her appearance in the BBC documentary Elizabeth at 90: A Family Tribute, in which she won over viewers with her down-to-earth nature and evident affection for the Queen.
As the daughter of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, Sarah is 21st in line to the throne and the Queen's only niece. However she prefers to maintain a life out of the royal spotlight with her husband Daniel Chatto and their two sons, Samuel and Arthur.
Lady Sarah Chatto is the Queen's niece
Nonetheless, Sarah maintains a close relationship with the senior royals, including her aunt, the Queen. The respect and affection she has for the monarch was clear to see in the BBC documentary in honour of Her Majesty's 90th birthday in 2016, and it appears the feeling is mutual.
The Queen is said to "adore" Sarah, and will only permit her niece to accompany her to her favourite hideaway, Craigowan Lodge in Aberdeenshire. The pair have been particularly close since the death of Princess Margaret in 2002, with whom the Queen shared an incredibly strong bond.
Of all her cousins it is Prince Charles who Sarah is said to remain closest to. The pair are said to enjoy spending downtime painting together at Balmoral when the opportunity arises. Sarah was also a chief bridesmaid at Charles' wedding to Princess Diana and is a godmother to their son Prince Harry. Such is Sarah's popularity within the royal family, she was also selected to act as a godmother to Prince Edward's daughter Louise and the Duke of Gloucester's daughter Rose.
The 54-year-old gained popularity following her appearance in a BBC documentary
Sarah grew up in Kensington Palace with her older brother David and their parents, who divorced when she was just 13. As a teenager she attended Bedales boarding school in Hampshire, where she cultivated her passion and talent for art. Following her graduation she worked as a wardrobe assistant on Heat and Dust, where she met her husband Daniel Chatto, who had a small role in the film. The couple shunned a lavish royal wedding in favour of a low-key service at St Stephen's Walbrook church in July 1994, with Sarah wowing in a Jasper Conran gown and the Snowdon Floral Tiara.
Still happily married, the couple live in Kensington and are parents to two sons - Samuel, 21, and Arthur, 19. Both sons studied at Eton before attending the University of Edinburgh.