Born: August 21, 1930 Glamis Scotland
Died: February 9, 2002 (age 71) London England
Notable family members:
Father – George VI
Sister – Elizabeth II
Introduction of Princess Margaret
Princess Margaret, her full name was ‘Princess Margaret Rose Windsor’, Countess of Snowdon, (born August 21, 1930, Glamis Castle, Scotland – died February 9, 2002, London, England), British royal, of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Second daughter (Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother since 1952) and younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II. She struggled throughout her life to balance a free spirit and artistic flair with her duties as a member of Britain’s royal family.
Margaret was the first member of the royal family in nearly 300 years to have been born in her mother’s family seat of Glamis Castle in Scotland. Her education was supervised by her mother, and she and her sister were assigned a governess. Margaret showed her interest in music since childhood and started taking piano lessons from the age of 4. When Margaret was 6 years old, her uncle King Edward VIII abdicated and thus Margaret’s father became king. After that, Princess Elizabeth, as heir to the throne, received a different education, while Margaret continued under the care of her mother. In addition, she was required to attend public events.
Margaret, known for her glamor and beauty, displayed an early love for nightlife and the arts. When she was in her early 20s, she fell in love with Group Captain Peter Townsend, a war hero who had served as a cavalryman for her father. Their romance became public when Margaret was seen brushing the lint off Townsend’s jacket during her sister’s coronation in 1953. Although Townsend and Margaret wanted to marry, the fact that they were divorced made the marriage unsuitable, and Margaret gained worldwide sympathy in 1955 when she publicly abandoned her plans to marry.
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Margaret was already a fixture on London’s social and art scene when she began secretly seeing photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1958. The announcement of their engagement in February 1960 took many by surprise. They were married on May 6, 1960, at the first royal wedding, which was televised live, which was watched around the world. (Armstrong-Jones was created Earl of Snowdon in 1961.) The marriage was successful at first, and they had two children: David, Viscount Linley, born in 1961, and Lady Sarah, born in 1964. By the 1970s, however, the pair had split. Both Snowdon engaged in public love affairs, and the princess defied conservative monarchists, cultivating friendship and romance between actors, writers, ballet dancers, and performers. She spent most of her time in the Caribbean island of Mustique, the Grenadines. When her 17-year short affair with Roddy Llewellyn, a long-standing landscape gardener, was exposed in 1976, she lost public sympathy, and her volatile marriage eventually ended in 1978, the British royal family in 400 years. First divorce in
Ultimately her extensive charitable work, coupled with a new, more modern sympathy for the restricted choices she faced, earned her a measure of public respect. Princess Margaret, who smoked and drank heavily throughout her adult life, was often ill. She had surgery in 1985 for possible lung cancer (tissues proved to be benign) and later suffered a series of strokes.