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Princess Margaret
Countess of Snowdon
Spouse Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon
(m. 1960, div. 1978)
David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley
Lady Sarah Chatto
Full name
Margaret Rose
House House of Windsor
Father George VI
Mother Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Born 21 August 1930(1930-08-21)
Glamis Castle, Scotland
Died 9 February 2002 (aged 71)
King Edward VII Hospital, London
Burial King George VI Memorial Chapel, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle

The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (Margaret Rose; 21 August 1930 – 9 February 2002) was the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II and the daughter of King George VI.

Margaret spent much of her early life in the company of her elder sister and parents, The Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI) and Elizabeth, Duchess of York (later the Queen Mother). Her life changed dramatically in 1936, when her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated to marry the divorced American Wallis Simpson. Margaret's father became King in Edward's place, and after her elder sister, Elizabeth, Margaret became second in line to the throne.

During World War II, Margaret and Elizabeth stayed at Windsor Castle, despite government pressure to evacuate to Canada. During the war years, Margaret was not expected to perform any public or official duties, and instead continued her education. After the war, she fell in love with a divorced older man, Group Captain Peter Townsend, her father's equerry. Her father died at around the same time, and her sister Elizabeth became Queen. Many in the government felt that Townsend was an unsuitable husband for the Queen's sister, and the Church of England refused to countenance the marriage. Under pressure, Margaret chose to abandon her plans, and instead accepted the proposal of the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was created Earl of Snowdon by the Queen. The marriage, despite an auspicious start, soon became unhappy; the couple divorced in 1978.

Margaret was often viewed as a controversial member of the royal family. Her divorce earned her negative publicity, and she was romantically linked with several men. Her health gradually deteriorated; a heavy smoker all her adult life, she had a lung operation in 1985, a bout of pneumonia in 1993, and at least three strokes between 1998 and 2001. She died at King Edward VII Hospital, London, on 9 February 2002. After a private funeral, her body was cremated. Two months later, after the death of her mother, Margaret's ashes were interred beside the bodies of her parents in the George VI Memorial Chapel at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.


Early life

Margaret was born Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret Rose of York on 21 August 1930 at Glamis Castle in Scotland, her mother's ancestral home.[1] At the time of her birth, she was fourth in the line of succession to the British throne. Her father was Prince Albert, Duke of York (later George VI), the second son of King George V and Queen Mary. As a grandchild of the Sovereign in the male line, Margaret Rose was styled Her Royal Highness from birth. Her mother was Elizabeth, Duchess of York, the youngest daughter of the 14th Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne. The Duchess of York originally wanted the names Ann Margaret, as she explained to Queen Mary in a letter: "I am very anxious to call her Ann Margaret, as I think Ann of York sounds pretty, & Elizabeth and Ann go so well together."[2] King George V disliked the name Ann, but approved of the alternative "Margaret Rose".[3] She was baptised in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace on 30 October 1930 by Cosmo Lang, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Her godparents were her uncle the Prince of Wales (for whom his brother, Prince George, stood proxy); her father's cousin Princess Ingrid of Sweden (for whom Lady Patricia Ramsay stood proxy); her great-aunt Princess Victoria; her maternal aunt Lady Rose Leveson-Gower; and her maternal uncle The Hon David Bowes-Lyon.[4]

Princess Margaret (front) with her sister Elizabeth (right) and grandmother Queen Mary (left)

Margaret's early life was spent primarily at the Yorks' residences at 145 Piccadilly (their town house in London) or Royal Lodge in Windsor.[5] The Yorks were perceived by the public as an ideal family: father, mother and children,[6] but unfounded rumours that Margaret was deaf and dumb were not completely dispelled until Margaret's first main public appearance at her uncle Prince George's wedding in 1934.[7] She was educated alongside her sister, Princess Elizabeth, by their Scottish governess Marion Crawford. Her education was mainly supervised by her mother, who in the words of Randolph Churchill "never aimed at bringing her daughters up to be more than nicely behaved young ladies".[8] When Queen Mary insisted upon the importance of education, the Duchess of York commented, "I don't know what she meant. After all I and my sisters only had governesses and we all married well—one of us very well".[9] Margaret was resentful about her limited education, especially in later years, aiming criticism at her mother.[9] However, Margaret's mother told a friend that she "regretted" that her own daughters did not go to school like other children,[10] and the employment of a governess rather than sending the girls to school may have been done only at the insistence of King George V.[11]

George V died when Margaret was five, and her uncle succeeded as King Edward VIII. Less than a year later, on 11 December 1936, Edward abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American, whom neither the Church of England nor the Commonwealth governments would accept as Queen. The Church would not recognise the marriage of a divorced woman with a living ex-husband as valid. Edward's abdication for love left a reluctant Duke of York in his place as King George VI, and Margaret unexpectedly became second in line to the throne.[12] The family moved into Buckingham Palace; Margaret's room overlooked The Mall.[13]

Margaret was a Brownie in the 1st Buckingham Palace Brownie Pack, formed in 1937. She was also a Girl Guide and later a Sea Ranger. She served as President of Girlguiding UK from 1965 until her death in 2002.[14][15]

At the outbreak of World War II, Margaret and her sister were at Birkhall, on the Balmoral Castle estate, where they stayed until Christmas 1939 enduring nights so cold that drinking water in carafes by their bedside froze.[16] They spent Christmas at Sandringham House, before moving to Windsor Castle just outside London for much of the remainder of the war.[17] Lord Hailsham wrote to Prime Minister Winston Churchill to advise the evacuation of the princesses to the greater safety of Canada,[18] to which their mother famously replied "The children won't go without me. I won't leave without the King. And the King will never leave."[19] When Margaret was twelve in 1942 her uncle and godfather, Prince George, was killed in an air crash. Unlike other members of the royal family, Margaret was not expected to undertake any public or official duties during the war. She developed her skills at singing and playing the piano.[20] Her contemporaries thought she was spoilt by her parents, especially her father,[21] who allowed her to take liberties not usually permissible, such as being allowed to stay up to dinner at the age of 13.[9] Marion Crawford despaired at the attention Margaret was getting, writing to friends "Could you this year only ask Princess Elizabeth to your party? ... Princess Margaret does draw all the attention and Princess Elizabeth lets her do that." Elizabeth, however, did not mind this, commenting, "oh, it's so much easier when Margaret's there—everybody laughs at what Margaret says".[9] King George described Elizabeth as his pride and Margaret as his joy.[22]

Post-war years

Margaret (right) and her sister Elizabeth (left) depicted on a stamp celebrating the royal tour of Southern Africa in 1947

Following the end of the war in 1945, Margaret appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with her family and Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Afterwards, both Elizabeth and Margaret joined the crowds outside the palace incognito chanting, "we want the King, we want the Queen!".[23] On 1 February 1947, Margaret, Elizabeth and her parents embarked on a state tour of Southern Africa. The three-month long visit was Margaret's first visit abroad, and she later claimed that she remembered "every minute of it".[24] Margaret was chaperoned by Peter Townsend, the King's equerry.[25] Later that year, Margaret was a bridesmaid at Elizabeth's wedding. Elizabeth had two children, Charles and Anne, in the next two years, which moved Margaret further down the line of succession.[26]

In 1950, the former royal governess, Marion Crawford, published a biography of Elizabeth and Margaret's childhood years entitled The Little Princesses in which she described Margaret's "light-hearted fun and frolics"[27] and her "amusing and outrageous ... antics".[28] The royal family were appalled at what they saw as Crawford's invasion of their privacy and breach of trust, as a result of which Crawford was ostracised from royal circles.[29]

As a beautiful young woman, with an 18-inch waist and "vivid blue eyes",[30] Margaret enjoyed socialising with high society and the young, aristocratic set, including Sharman Douglas, the daughter of the American ambassador, Lewis W. Douglas.[31] She was often featured in the press at balls, parties, and night-clubs.[32] The number of her official engagements increased, which included a tour of Italy, Switzerland and France, and she joined a growing number of charitable organisations as President or Patron.[33]

Her twenty-first birthday party was held at Balmoral in August 1951.[34] The following month her father underwent surgery for lung cancer, and Margaret was appointed one of the Counsellors of State who undertook the King's official duties while he was incapacitated.[35] Within six months, her father was dead and her sister was Queen.


Margaret was grief-stricken by her father's death, and was prescribed sedatives to help her sleep.[36] She wrote, "He was such a wonderful person, the very heart and centre of our happy family."[37] She was consoled by her deeply-held Christian beliefs.[38] With her widowed mother, Margaret moved out of Buckingham Palace and into Clarence House, while her sister and her family moved out of Clarence House and into Buckingham Palace.[39] Peter Townsend was appointed Comptroller of her mother's household.[40]

By 1953, Townsend was divorced from his first wife; he proposed marriage to Margaret. He was sixteen years older than her, and had two children from his previous marriage. Margaret accepted, and informed the Queen of her desire to marry Townsend. As in 1936, the Church of England refused to countenance the remarriage of the divorced. Queen Mary had recently died, and the Queen was about to be crowned in the Coronation service. After the Coronation, she planned to tour the Commonwealth for six months. The Queen told Margaret, "Under the circumstances, it isn't unreasonable for me to ask you to wait a year."[41] The Queen was counselled by her private secretary to post Townsend abroad, but she refused, instead transferring him from the Queen Mother's household to her own.[42] The British Cabinet refused to approve the marriage, and newspapers reported that the marriage was "unthinkable" and "would fly in the face of Royal and Christian tradition".[43] Prime Minister Churchill informed the Queen that the Commonwealth prime ministers were unanimously against the marriage, and that Parliament would not approve a marriage that would be unrecognised by the Church of England unless Margaret renounced her right of succession.[44] Churchill arranged for Townsend to be posted to Brussels. Polls run by popular newspapers appeared to show that the public supported Margaret's personal choice, regardless of Church teaching or the government's opinion.[45] For two years, press speculation continued. Margaret was told by clerics, incorrectly, that she would be unable to take communion if she married a divorced man.[46] Finally, Margaret issued a statement:

"I would like it to be known that I have decided not to marry Group Captain Peter Townsend. I have been aware that, subject to my renouncing my rights of succession, it might have been possible for me to contract a civil marriage. But mindful of the Church's teachings that Christian marriage is indissoluble, and conscious of my duty to the Commonwealth, I have resolved to put these considerations before others. I have reached this decision entirely alone, and in doing so I have been strengthened by the unfailing support and devotion of Group Captain Townsend."[47]

Following some other romantic interests,[48] on 6 May 1960 Margaret married the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey. She reportedly accepted his proposal a day after learning from Peter Townsend that he intended to marry a young Belgian woman,[49] Marie-Luce Jamagne, who was half his age and bore a striking resemblance to Margaret.[50] The announcement of the engagement, on 26 February 1960, took the press by surprise. Margaret had taken care to conceal the romance from reporters.[51] The ceremony was the first royal wedding to be broadcast on television,[49] and attracted viewing figures of 300 million worldwide.[52] Margaret's corsage was designed by Norman Hartnell, and the honeymoon was spent aboard the royal yacht Britannia on a six-week Caribbean cruise.[53] As a wedding present, Colin Tennant gave her a plot of land on his private Caribbean island, Mustique.[54] The newly-weds moved into rooms in Kensington Palace.[55] In 1961, the Princess's husband was created Earl of Snowdon, whereupon she became formally styled HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. They had two children, both born by Caesarean section at Margaret's request[56]: David, Viscount Linley in 1961 and Lady Sarah in 1964.

The marriage widened Princess Margaret's social circle beyond the Court and aristocracy to include show business celebrities and bohemians, and was seen at the time as reflecting the breakdown of class barriers.[57] The Snowdons experimented with the styles and fashions of the 1960s.[58]

Royal duties

Princess Margaret began her royal duties at an early age. She attended the silver jubilee of her grandparents, George V and Queen Mary, aged five in 1935. She later attended her parents' coronation in 1937. Her first major royal tour occurred when she joined her parents and sister for a tour of South Africa in 1947. Her tour aboard Britannia to the British colonies in the Caribbean in 1955 created a sensation throughout the West Indies, and calypsos were dedicated to her.[59] As colonies of the British Commonwealth of Nations sought nationhood, Princess Margaret represented the Crown at independence ceremonies in Jamaica in 1962[60] and Tuvalu and Dominica in 1978. Her visit to Tuvalu was cut short after an illness, which may have been viral pneumonia,[61] and she was flown to Australia to recuperate.[62] Other Overseas tours included the United States in 1963, Japan in 1969 and 1979,[63] the United States and Canada in 1974,[64] Australia in 1975,[65] the Philippines in 1980,[66] Swaziland in 1981,[67] and China in 1987.[68]

The Princess's main interests were welfare charities, music and ballet. She was President of the National Society and of the Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Invalid Children's Aid Nationwide (also called 'I CAN'). She was Grand President of the St. John Ambulance Brigade and Colonel-in-Chief of Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps. She was also the president or patron of numerous organisations, such as the West Indies Olympic Association, the Girl Guides, Northern Ballet Theatre[69], and the London Lighthouse (an AIDS charity that has since merged with the Terrence Higgins Trust).[9]

Private life

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Reportedly, her first extramarital affair took place in 1966, with her daughter's godfather, Bordeaux wine producer Anthony Barton,[70] and a year later she had a one-month liaison with Robin Douglas-Home, a nephew of a former British Prime Minister.[71] Margaret claimed that her relationship with Douglas-Home was platonic, but her letters to him (which were later sold) were intimate.[72] Douglas-Home committed suicide 18 months after the split with Margaret.[49] Claims that she was romantically involved with musician Mick Jagger,[73] actor Peter Sellers, and Australian cricketer Keith Miller are unproven.[74] A 2009 biography of actor David Niven asserted based on information from his widow and a good friend of Niven's that he too had had an affair with the princess.[75] Another association was supposed to be with John Bindon, a cockney actor who had spent time in prison. His story, sold to the Daily Mirror, boasted of a close relationship with Margaret and, while it was debatable, the publicity that followed further damaged her reputation.[76]

By the early 1970s, the Snowdons had drifted apart. In September 1973, Colin Tennant introduced Margaret to Roddy Llewellyn. Llewellyn was seventeen years her junior. In 1974, he was a guest at the holiday home she had built on Mustique.[77] It was the first of several visits. Margaret described their relationship as "a loving friendship".[78] Once, when Llewellyn left on an impulsive trip to Turkey, Margaret became emotionally distraught and took an overdose of sleeping tablets.[79] "I was so exhausted because of everything", she later said, "that all I wanted to do was sleep."[80] As she recovered, her ladies-in-waiting kept Lord Snowdon away from her, afraid that seeing him would distress her further.[81]

In February 1976, a picture of Margaret and Llewellyn in swimsuits on Mustique was published on the front page of the tabloid News of the World. The press portrayed Margaret and Llewellyn as a predatory older woman and her toyboy lover.[82] The following month, the Snowdons publicly acknowledged that their marriage was over.[83] There were calls to remove her from the Civil list. Labour MPs denounced her as "a royal parasite"[84] and a "floosie".[85] On 11 July 1978, the Snowdons' divorce was finalised.[86] It was the first divorce of a senior Royal since Princess Victoria of Edinburgh in 1901. In December Snowdon married Lucy Lindsay-Hogg.[87]

Later life

While on a fund-raising tour of the United States in October 1979 on behalf of the Royal Opera House, Margaret became embroiled in the controversy over the assassination of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Mountbatten and members of his family were killed by a bomb planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army. Seated at a dinner reception in Chicago with columnist Abra Anderson and mayor Jane Byrne, Margaret told them that the royal family had been moved by the many letters of condolence from Ireland.[88] The following day, a single press report, written by Anderson's rival Irv Kupcinet, claimed that Margaret had referred to the Irish as "pigs".[89] Margaret, Anderson and Byrne all issued immediate denials,[88] but the damage was already done. The rest of the tour drew demonstrations, and Margaret's security was doubled in the face of physical threats.[90]

In 1981, Llewellyn married Tatiana Soskin, whom he had known for ten years.[91] Margaret remained close friends with them both.[92]

The Princess's later life was marred by illness and disability. She had smoked since at least the age of 15.[93] On 5 January 1985, she had part of her left lung removed; the operation drew parallels with that of her father 30 years earlier.[94] In 1991, she quit smoking, but continued to drink heavily.[95] In January 1993 she was admitted to hospital for pneumonia. She experienced a mild stroke in 1998 at her holiday home in Mustique. Early in the following year, the Princess suffered severe scalds to her feet in a bathroom accident, which affected her mobility to the extent she required support when walking and sometimes used a wheelchair.[96] In January and March 2001, further strokes were diagnosed, which left her with partial vision and paralysis on the left side.[97] Margaret's last public appearances were at the 101st birthday celebrations of her mother in August 2001, and the 100th birthday celebration of her aunt, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, that December.[98]


We thank thee Lord who by thy spirit doth our faith restore
When we with wordly things commune & prayerless close our door
We lose our precious gift divine to worship and adore
Then thou our Saviour, fill our hearts to love thee evermore
—Princess Margaret's epitaph, written by herself is carved on a memorial stone in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle[99]

Princess Margaret died in the King Edward VII Hospital on 9 February 2002 at the age of 71, after suffering another stroke.[100] Her funeral was held on 15 February 2002—the 50th anniversary of her father's funeral. In line with the Princess's wishes, the ceremony was a private service for family and friends.[101] It was the last time the Queen Mother was seen in public before her own death six weeks later; she was advised by many not to attend but she insisted on doing so. Unlike most other members of the Royal Family, Princess Margaret was cremated, at Slough Crematorium. Her ashes were placed in the tomb of her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, in the King George VI Memorial Chapel in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, two months later.[102] A state memorial service was held at Westminster Abbey on 19 April 2002.[103]

Observers often characterised her as a spoiled snob capable of cutting remarks or hauteur.[104] She even apparently looked down on her own grandmother, Mary of Teck, because Mary was royal only by marriage, whereas Margaret was royal by birth.[105] Their letters, however, provide no indication of friction between them.[106] She could also, however, be charming and informal. People who came into contact with her could be perplexed by her capricious swings between frivolity and formality.[107] Marion Crawford explained, "Impulsive and bright remarks she made became headlines and, taken out of their context, began to produce in the public eye an oddly distorted personality that bore little resemblance to the Margaret we knew."[108] Margaret's acquaintance Gore Vidal wrote, "She was far too intelligent for her station in life."[109] He recalled a conversation with Margaret, in which she discussed her public notoriety, saying, "It was inevitable: when there are two sisters and one is the Queen, who must be the source of honour and all that is good, while the other must be the focus of the most creative malice, the evil sister."[109]

In June 2006, much of her estate was auctioned by Christie's to meet inheritance tax, though some of the items were sold in aid of charities such as the Stroke Association.[110] A world record price of £1.24 million was set by a Fabergé clock, and the Poltimore tiara, worn for her wedding in 1960, sold for £926,400.[111] The sale of her effects totalled £13,658,000.[111] In April 2007, an exhibition entitled Princess Line - The Fashion Legacy of Princess Margaret opened at Kensington Palace, showcasing contemporary fashion from British designers such as Vivienne Westwood inspired by Princess Margaret's 'legacy' of style. Christopher Bailey's Spring 2006 collection for Burberry was inspired by Margaret's look from the 1960s.[112]

Princess Margaret's private life was for many years the subject of intense speculation by media and royal-watchers. Her house on Mustique, designed by her husband's uncle the stage designer Oliver Messel, was her favourite holiday destination.[113] Allegations of wild parties and drug taking were made in a documentary broadcast after the Princess's death. Her supposed Mustique indiscretions form an important part of the background of the quasi-historical 2008 film The Bank Job. Princess Margaret was portrayed by Lucy Cohu in the Channel 4 TV drama The Queen's Sister (2005), by Trulie MacLeod in the TV drama The Women of Windsor (1992), and by Hannah Wiltshire in the TV drama Bertie and Elizabeth; she is portrayed silently in the second series première of Ashes to Ashes (2009, set in 1982) and subsequently complains off-camera about one of the principal characters.

Her affair with Peter Townsend and the Queen's dealing with this was the subject of the first episode of the Channel 4 Docudrama The Queen in which she was portrayed by Katie McGrath[114]

It is argued that Margaret's most enduring legacy is an accidental one. Perhaps unwittingly, Margaret paved the way for public acceptance of royal divorce. Her life, if not her actions, made the decisions and choices of her sister's children, three of whom divorced, easier than they otherwise would have been.[115]

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  • 21 August 1930 – 11 December 1936: Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret of York
  • 11 December 1936 – 3 October 1961: Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret[116]
  • 3 October 1961 – 9 February 2002: Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon


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  1. ^ Heald, p. 1; Warwick, pp. 27–28
  2. ^ Warwick, p. 31
  3. ^ Warwick, pp. 31–32
  4. ^ Heald, p. 6; Warwick, p. 33
  5. ^ Crawford, pp. 14–34; Heald, pp. 7–8; Warwick, pp. 35–39
  6. ^ Warwick, pp. 34, 120
  7. ^ Warwick, pp. 45–46
  8. ^ Quoted in Warwick, p.52
  9. ^ a b c d e Bradford
  10. ^ Lisa Sheridan in From Cabbages to Kings, quoted by Warwick, pp. 51–52
  11. ^ Warwick, p. 52
  12. ^ Heald, p. 11; Warwick, p. 71
  13. ^ Heald, p. 18; Warwick, p. 76
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  15. ^ "The charitable princess". BBC News. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
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  17. ^ Crawford, pp. 104–119; Warwick, pp. 99–101
  18. ^ Warwick, p. 102
  19. ^ "Biography of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: Activities as Queen". Official website of the British monarchy. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  20. ^ Dempster, p. 8
  21. ^ Bradford; Heald, p. 9
  22. ^ Botham, p. 9
  23. ^ Aronson, p. 92
  24. ^ Aronson, p. 97
  25. ^ Heald, p. 39
  26. ^ Heald, p. 53
  27. ^ Crawford, p. 111
  28. ^ Crawford, p. 164
  29. ^ Heald, p. 7; Warwick, pp. 40–43
  30. ^ Warwick, p. 140
  31. ^ Warwick, pp. 138–139
  32. ^ Warwick, pp. 140–142
  33. ^ Warwick, pp. 154–159
  34. ^ Heald, p. 84; Warwick, p. 163
  35. ^ Warwick, p. 167
  36. ^ Warwick, p. 170
  37. ^ Warwick, pp. 170–171
  38. ^ Heald, p. 89; Warwick, p. 180
  39. ^ Heald, p. 91; Warwick, p. 176
  40. ^ Warwick, p. 182
  41. ^ The Queen quoted by Princess Margaret, in Warwick, p. 186
  42. ^ Warwick, p. 187
  43. ^ e.g. The People newspaper quoted in Warwick, p. 190
  44. ^ Warwick, p. 191
  45. ^ Warwick, p. 192
  46. ^ Warwick, p. 203
  47. ^ Princess Margaret, 31 October 1955, quoted in Warwick, p. 205
  48. ^ Rumoured suitors included the Hon. Dominic Elliot, Billy Wallace, and Colin Tennant (Heald, p.105).
  49. ^ a b c By Caroline Davies (2002-02-10). "A captivating woman...". Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  50. ^ Heald, p. 112: "looked strikingly like Princess Margaret"; Warwick, p. 223: "more than a passing resemblance to the Princess"
  51. ^ Heald, pp. 114–115; Warwick, p. 225
  52. ^ Warwick, p. 227
  53. ^ Heald, pp. 119–121; Warwick, pp. 229–230
  54. ^ Heald, p. 122; Warwick, p. 271
  55. ^ Heald, p. 141; Warwick, p. 233
  56. ^ Heald, pp. 140–141
  57. ^ Haden-Guest, Anthony: "The New Class", The Queen (magazine), 1965
  58. ^ Warwick, p. 239
  59. ^ Payne, p. 17
  60. ^ Heald, pp. 149–150
  61. ^ Heald, pp. 206–207
  62. ^ Heald, p. 207
  63. ^ Heald, pp. 154–163, 210
  64. ^ Heald, p. 187
  65. ^ Heald, pp. 188–190
  66. ^ Heald, pp. 225–226
  67. ^ Heald, pp. 229–233
  68. ^ Heald, pp. 245–247
  69. ^
  70. ^ Heald, p. 170; Warwick, p. 245
  71. ^ Heald, p. 170
  72. ^ Warwick, pp. 245–246
  73. ^ Aronson, p. 229
  74. ^ "Cricinfo - Players and Officials - Keith Miller". Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  75. ^ Munn, Michael (24 May 2009). "Oh God, I wanted her to die". The Sunday Times, retrieved on 29 May 2009.
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  77. ^ Heald, p. 194; Warwick, p. 255
  78. ^ Margaret, quoted in Warwick, p. 256
  79. ^ Heald, p. 198; Warwick, p. 257
  80. ^ Quoted in Warwick, p. 257
  81. ^ Warwick, p. 257
  82. ^ Warwick, p. 258
  83. ^ Heald, p. 197; Warwick, p. 258
  84. ^ Denis Canavan quoted in Warwick, p. 260
  85. ^ Willie Hamilton quoted in Warwick, p. 261
  86. ^ "Newspapers Remembered Royalty - Princess Margaret Divorce". Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  87. ^ Warwick, p. 263
  88. ^ a b Warwick, p. 267
  89. ^ Heald, p. 217; Warwick, p. 267
  90. ^ Warwick, pp. 267–268
  91. ^ Warwick, p. 274
  92. ^ Heald, p. 308; Warwick, p. 256
  93. ^ Heald, pp. 32–33
  94. ^ Warwick, p. 276
  95. ^ Heald, p. 256
  96. ^ Warwick, pp. 290–291
  97. ^ Warwick, pp. 299–302
  98. ^ Warwick, p. 303
  99. ^ Heald, p. 294
  100. ^ Warwick, p. 304
  101. ^ Warwick, p. 306
  102. ^ Warwick, pp. 306–308
  103. ^ Heald, p. 295
  104. ^ Heald, pp. 130–131, 222–223
  105. ^ Heald, p. 89
  106. ^ Heald, pp. 15–16, 89
  107. ^ Heald, p. 146
  108. ^ Crawford, p. 226
  109. ^ a b Vidal, Gore (2006). Point to Point Navigation. Little, Brown. ISBN 0316027278. 
  110. ^ Heald, pp. 297–301
  111. ^ a b Heald, p. 301
  112. ^ Heald, pp. 296–297
  113. ^ See, for example, Roy Strong quoted in Heald, p. 191
  114. ^ "Channel 4 Docudrama 'The Queen' Episode One synopsis". 
  115. ^ Warwick, pp. 308–309
  116. ^ Princess Margaret at no time assumed the title "Princess Margaret, Mrs Antony Armstrong-Jones" (see e.g. issues of the London Gazette 1 November 1960, 25 November 1960, 24 February 1961, 28 February 1961, 3 March 1961 and 24 March 1961).
  117. ^ Supplement to the London Gazette, 6 June 1947
  118. ^ "marks of cadency in the British royal family". Retrieved 2008-10-17. 


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Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon is the second daughter of George VI of the United Kingdom and the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II.


  • Her sister Princess Elizabeth, age 10, had informed Princess Margaret, 6, that their uncle Edward VIII had abdicated.
    Margaret: Does this mean you will be the next queen?
    Elizabeth: Yes, someday.
    Margaret: Poor you.
  • Silly ass. The land would be much more valuable today.
    • On being told that George III had given the Crown lands to Parliament in 1761 in return for a fixed allowance. (quoted in Andrew Duncan, The Reality of Monarchy)

"How is the Queen? " "Are you referring to my mother, sister or husband?"

On being asked at a society function in the 1960's about how the Queen was.

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Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon(born 1930 - died in 2002) is the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1961 she married the photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones, who was made Earl of Snowdon. After they divorced she was known as Princess Margaret Countess of Snowdon; the Earl's new wife was simply the Countess of Snowdon.


Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdons ancestors in three generations
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon Father:
George VI of the United Kingdom
Paternal Grandfather:
George V of the United Kingdom
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Edward VII of the United Kingdom
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Alexandra of Denmark
Paternal Grandmother:
Mary of Teck
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Francis, Duke of Teck
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Maternal Grandfather:
Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Claude Bowes-Lyon, 13th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Frances Dora Smith
Maternal Grandmother:
Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Charles William Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Caroline Louisa Burnaby


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