It was while Princess Margaret was attending a high-society party in New York that the hostess asked her politely how the Queen was keeping. [98] The ceremony was the first royal wedding to be broadcast on television,[49] and it attracted viewing figures of 300 million worldwide. She was known as one of the royal family's most vivacious characters, and fans are learning more about her thanks to Netflix's The Crown.If you remember, in seasons 1 and 2, Vanessa Kirby portrayed her, and now, BAFTA award-winning actress Helena Bonham Carter has … [54], For two years, press speculation continued. [128] A 2009 biography of actor David Niven included assertions, based on information from Niven's widow and a good friend of Niven's, that he had had an affair with the princess, who was 20 years his junior. She was known as one of the royal family's most vivacious characters, and fans are learning more about her thanks to Netflix's The Crown.If you remember, in seasons 1 and 2, Vanessa Kirby portrayed her, and now, BAFTA award-winning actress Helena Bonham Carter has … Lord Snowdon, Lady Bird Johnson, Princess Margaret and the United States president Lyndon B. Johnson In 1961 the couple became the Earl and Countess of Snowdon (Armstrong-Jones gained a … Crawford, pp. Princess Margaret, like her sister the Queen, held royal titles that were a reflection of her ranking in the family. [143] It was the first divorce of a senior member of the British royal family since Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh's in 1901. "[83], Why a betrothal did not occur is unclear. [102] The newlyweds moved into rooms in Kensington Palace. The press discussed "the world's most eligible bachelor-girl"[48] and her alleged romances with more than 30 bachelors,[49][50] including the Hon. und Tochter von König Georg VI. Later on in life, Princess Margaret suffered from many illnesses, including cancer. [103], In 1961, Margaret's husband was created Earl of Snowdon. [168] A state memorial service was held at Westminster Abbey on 19 April 2002. The Queen decided that from then on, anyone someone in her family wanted to marry would be more or less acceptable. When he was born, his title was styled as Viscount Linley, and he was fifth in line to the throne, though now he occupies the 18th spot in the order of succession. Soon after World War II ended, Princess Margaret fell for Captain Peter Townsend, who was 16 years her senior and a divorced father-of-two. The couple went on to have two children: David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones in 1961. and Sarah Frances Elizabeth Armstrong-Jones in 1964. In Brussels, Townsend only said that "The word must come from somebody else". [82] On 12 October Townsend returned from Brussels as Margaret's suitor. [179] Margaret was described by her cousin Lady Elizabeth Shakerley as "somebody who had a wonderful capacity for giving a lot of people pleasure and she was making a very, very, very good and loyal friend. [58] Her father died five months later, on 6 February 1952, and her sister became Queen. 2 weeks ago. She refused when Oliver Dawnay, the Queen Mother's private secretary, asked to remove the word "devotion". He proposed to Margaret early the following year. [62], After the king's death, Townsend was appointed Comptroller of Margaret's mother's restructured household. Marilyn Emma Margaret Wills (1947–1970) Prince Charles Philip Arthur George of Edinburgh, now The Prince of Wales (born 1948) John David Ivor Spencer-Churchiill, Earl of Sunderland (1952–1955) Richard John Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, Lord Eskdaill, now the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry (born 1954) Some Britons were disbelieving or angry while others, including clergy, were proud of the princess for choosing duty and faith;[87] newspapers were evenly divided on the decision. "[179], The Independent wrote in Townsend's 1995 obituary that "The immense display of popular sentiment and interest [in the relationship] can now be seen to have constituted a watershed in the nation's attitude towards divorce". Genealogy for Princess Margaret Rose Windsor, Countess of Snowdon (1930 - 2002) family tree on Geni, with over 200 million profiles of ancestors and living relatives. [152] She had smoked cigarettes since the age of 15 or earlier, and had continued to smoke heavily for many years. [50] Lascelles—who compared Townsend to Theudas "boasting himself to be somebody"—hoped that separating him and Margaret would end their romance. Margaret was always compared unfavourably to her sister, the future Queen, as she was considered quite the 'wild child'. Princess Margaret Birth Date August 21, 1930 Death Date February 9, 2002 Place of Birth Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland Place of Death London, England AKA Countess of Snowdon. [82][68] Women in the East End of London shouted "Go on, Marg, do what you want" at the princess. Princess Margaret, the late younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, had a particularly colourful past. [149], In 1981, Llewellyn married Tatiana Soskin, whom he had known for 10 years. They have two children: Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones and … [54][46] Townsend said during a 1970 book tour that he and Margaret did not correspond and they had not seen each other since a "friendly" 1958 meeting, "just like I think a lot of people never see their old girl friends". In 1974, she invited him as a guest to the holiday home she had built on Mustique. [42], As a beautiful young woman, with an 18-inch waist and "vivid blue eyes",[43] Margaret enjoyed socialising with high society and young aristocrats, including Sharman Douglas, the daughter of the American ambassador, Lewis Williams Douglas. [75], Townsend recalled that "we felt mute and numbed at the centre of this maelstrom";[68] the Queen also disliked the media circus, and wanted the crisis to end. [187][188] In April 2007, an exhibition titled 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. After all I and my sisters only had governesses and we all married well—one of us very well". It was never the big thing on her part that people claim". [50][54], The couple was not restricted on communicating by mail and telephone. Harold Brooks-Bakersaid "In my opinion, this was the turning point to disaster for the royal family. [68], After resigning from the RAF and traveling around the world for 18 months Townsend returned in March 1958; he and Margaret met several times, but could not avoid the press ("TOGETHER AGAIN") or royal disapproval. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, was born Margaret Rose at Glamis Castle, Scotland to Albert, second son of King George V, and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.She was known in family circles as Margot. Margaret's first child and only son arrived on November 3, 1961. [63] During the war the king suggested choosing palace aides who were highly qualified men from the military, instead of only aristocrats. [100] The Duke of Edinburgh escorted the bride, and the best man was Dr Roger Gilliatt. [77] Margaret may have told Townsend as early as 12 October that governmental and familial opposition to their marriage had not changed; it is possible that neither they nor the Queen fully understood until that year how difficult the 1772 Act made a royal marriage without the monarch's permission. See more ideas about princess margaret, royal family, british royalty. Feb 15, 2019 - Explore Susie Jorik's board "Princess Margaret's Family", followed by 154 people on Pinterest. [50][54] Margaret worked with friends on charity productions of Lord and Lady Algy and The Frog, and publicly dated men such as Tennant[46] and Wallace. [46] An influential 26 October editorial in The Times stating that "The QUEEN's sister married to a divorced man (even though the innocent party) would be irrevocably disqualified from playing her part in the essential royal function" represented The Establishment's view of what it considered a possibly dangerous crisis. Margaret spent much of her childhood with her parents and sister. [15] The Yorks were perceived by the public as an ideal family: father, mother and children,[16] but unfounded rumours that Margaret was deaf and mute were not completely dispelled until Margaret's first main public appearance at her uncle Prince George's wedding in 1934. I won't leave without the King. [92], The honeymoon was a six-week Caribbean cruise aboard the royal yacht Britannia. [65][64][50] He may have been aware of his daughter's infatuation with the non-titled and non-wealthy Townsend, reportedly seeing the courtier reluctantly obey the princess's order to carry her up palace stairs after a party. She told her sister, "Under the circumstances, it isn't unreasonable for me to ask you to wait a year",[69] and to keep the relationship secret until after the coronation. Margaret would have been able to marry Townsend by removing her and any children from the marriage from the line of succession, and thus the Queen's permission would no longer be necessary. The couple had two children (both born by Caesarean section at Margaret's request):[104] David, born 3 November 1961, and Sarah, born 1 May 1964. He married Irish noblewoman Serena Alleyne Stanhope (now the current Countess of Snowdon) in 1993 and has two children, Charles Patrick Inigo, the current Viscount Linley, and Lady Margarita Elizabeth Rose. 99–101, The Queen quoted by Princess Margaret, in Warwick, p. 186, Princess Margaret, 31 October 1955, quoted in Warwick, p. 205, Heald, p. 112: "looked strikingly like Princess Margaret"; Warwick, p. 223: "more than a passing resemblance to the Princess", See, for example, Roy Strong quoted in Heald, p. 191, Princess Margaret at no time assumed the title "Princess Margaret, Mrs Antony Armstrong-Jones" (see e.g. Acting Prime Minister Rab Butler asked that "deplorable speculation" end, without mentioning Margaret or Townsend. [71][75] On 31 October Margaret issued a statement:[89]. Dominic Elliot, Colin Tennant (later Baron Glenconner),[51] and future Prime Minister of Canada John Turner. Margaret accepted one of Wallace's many proposals to marry, but the engagement ended before announcement when he admitted to a romance in the Bahamas; "I had my chance and blew it with my big mouth", Wallace said. When his father passed away in January of 2017, David became the 2nd Earl of Snowdon. [148] The rest of the tour drew demonstrations, and Margaret's security was doubled in the face of physical threats. [36] On 1 February 1947, she, Elizabeth and their parents embarked on a state tour of Southern Africa. The Earl of Snowdon, the son of the late Princess Margaret, and the Countess of Snowdon, his wife of more than 25 years, had "amicably agreed" that their marriage was over. A Midlife Crisis Can Be Costly. For the rest of Margaret’s life, she was known as Her Royal Highness the Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. [28] Viscount Hailsham wrote to Prime Minister Winston Churchill to advise the evacuation of the princesses to the greater safety of Canada,[29] to which their mother famously replied, "The children won't go without me. [177] Allegations of wild parties and drug taking also surfaced in the media. [106], Among Margaret's first official engagements was launching the ocean liner Edinburgh Castle in Belfast in 1947. ... Princess Margaret does draw all the attention and Princess Elizabeth lets her do that." Princess Margaret, Countess and Rick are 11th cousins twice removed Princess Margaret, Countess (Windsor) of Snowdon and Rick Brown are both descendants of Robert Corbet. Margaret was grief-stricken by her father's death and was prescribed sedatives to help her sleep. [88], In her lifetime, Margaret's fortune was estimated to be around £20 million, with most of it being inherited from her father. [82] Randolph Churchill believed that rumours "that Fisher had intervened to prevent the Princess from marrying Townsend has done incalculable harm to the Church of England";[74] a Gallup poll found that 28% agreed, and 59% disagreed, with the Church's refusal to remarry a divorced person while the other spouse was alive. As during the abdication crisis, the Church of England refused to countenance the remarriage of the divorced. Leslie Weatherhead, President of the Methodist Conference, now criticized the proposed marriage. [32], More than 100 journalists waited at Balmoral when Eden arrived to discuss the marriage with the Queen and Margaret on 1 October 1955. [50], When Townsend and Margaret's relationship began is unclear. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, CI, GCVO, CD (Margaret Rose; 21 August 1930 – 9 February 2002) was the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and the only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II. Kenneth Tynan, John Minton, Ronald Searle, and others signed an open letter from "the younger generation". Her health gradually deteriorated in the final two decades of her life. [54][46] The written statement, signed "Margaret", was the first official confirmation of the relationship. The Queen decided that from then on, anyone someone in her family wanted to marry would be more or less acceptable. It was well known the Princess was fond of smoking cigarettes and even smoked up to 60 a day. Townsend was not the love of her life – the love of her life was her father, King George VI, whom she adored". They divorced in 1978. Princess Margaret, also known as the Countess of Snowdon, was Queen Elizabeth II's younger and only sibling. 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. In 1952, her father died, her sister became queen, and Townsend divorced his wife, Rosemary. [32] On 11 July 1978, the Snowdons' divorce was finalised. [174] Former governess Marion Crawford wrote in her memoir: "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. She was a heavy smoker for most of her adult life and had a lung operation in 1985, a bout of pneumonia in 1993, and at least three strokes between 1998 and 2001. Born in 1930, four years after the now Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret - also known as the Countess of Snowdon - never really played by the rules. [83][84] A Gallup poll found that 59% of Britons approved of their marrying, with 17% opposed. [64] Townsend only had his RAF income and, other than a talent for writing, had no experience in other work. [146] The following day, Anderson's rival Irv Kupcinet published a claim that Margaret had referred to the Irish as "pigs". [46][71] The foreign press believed that the Regency Act 1953—which made Prince Philip, the Queen's husband, regent instead of Margaret on the Queen's death—was enacted to allow the princess to marry Townsend, but as late as 23 July most other British newspapers except the Daily Mirror did not discuss the rumors. The couple went on to have two children: David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones in 1961 and Sarah Frances Elizabeth Armstrong-Jones in 1964. Princess Margaret, in full Princess Margaret Rose Windsor, countess of Snowdon, (born August 21, 1930, Glamis Castle, Scotland—died February 9, 2002, London, England), British royal, the second daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (from 1952 Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother) and the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II. [178], Following Margaret's death, her lady-in-waiting, Lady Glenconner, said that "[Margaret] was devoted to the Queen and tremendously supportive of her". Two years later, the couple announced they were getting married, becoming Lord and Countess Snowdon on May 6, 1960. [94][95] She reportedly accepted his proposal a day after learning from Townsend that he intended to marry a young Belgian woman,[49] Marie-Luce Jamagne, who was half his age and greatly resembled Margaret. Many in the government believed that he would be an unsuitable husband for the Queen's 22-year-old sister, and the Church of England refused to countenance marriage to a divorced man. Her father was the Duke of York, the second son of King George V and Queen Mary. Mr Warwick, who knew the late Countess of Snowdon - as Princess Margaret was also known - personally, said he once asked how she felt about the different education she and Queen Elizabeth received. Dubbed the original “wild child” of the royal family, Princess Margaret lived a colourful life filled with luxury, intrigue, and tumultuous relationships. Fiona Hanson - PA Images And though she was ill herself, the 101-year-old Queen Mother (who died two months later) attended her daughter's services, along with 29 other members of the royal family and 370 guests. [93] Armstrong-Jones proposed to Margaret with a ruby engagement ring surrounded by diamonds in the shape of a rosebud. Elizabeth, however, did not mind this, and commented, "Oh, it's so much easier when Margaret's there—everybody laughs at what Margaret says". The Prince of Wales paid tribute to his aunt in a television broadcast. [74] The assignment was so sudden that the British ambassador learned about it from a newspaper. [88][46][71], Papers released in 2004 to the National Archives disagree. [97], Margaret married Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey on 6 May 1960. und Königin Elisabeth. Tragically, on February 9, 2002, Princess Margaret died of complications following a stroke at the age of 71. [49] Claims that she was romantically involved with musician Mick Jagger,[126] actor Peter Sellers, and Australian cricketer Keith Miller are unproven. David Armstrong-Jones was titled Viscount Linley at birth and is currently 20th in line to the throne. 1961: The couple have their first child. [50] Townsend received a bodyguard and police guard around his apartment after the Belgian government received threats on his life,[54] but the British government still said nothing. 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. 7–8; Warwick, pp. Princess Margaret was the first member of the British royal family to be born in Scotland for more … Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon with their newborn son in 1961. [64] Royal historian Hugo Vickers wrote that "Lascelles's separation plan had worked and the love between them had died". [182] She also inherited pieces of art and antiques from Queen Mary, and Dame Margaret Greville left her £20,000 in 1943. Afterwards, both Elizabeth and Margaret joined the crowds outside the palace, incognito, chanting, "We want the King, we want the Queen! Eden would have told Parliament that it was "out of harmony with modern conditions"; Kilmuir estimated that 75% of Britons would approve of allowing the marriage. Labour MPs denounced her as "a royal parasite"[140] and a "floosie". Her father was Prince Albert, Duke of York (later George VI), the second son of King George V and Queen Mary. [1] In line with her wishes, the ceremony was a private service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, for family and friends. King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry commoner Wallis Simpson, making their father King George VI. Parliamentarians "are frankly puzzled by the way the affair has been handled", the News Chronicle wrote. Eden reportedly told the Queen in Balmoral when discussing Margaret and Townsend that, regardless of outcome, the monarchy would be damaged. 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. Although she has kept out of the limelight, Lady Sarah is reportedly her aunt Queen Elizabeth's close confidante. Three hundred journalists waited outside Balmoral, four times as many as those later following Diana, Princess of Wales. "Her royal highness, the Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and the Earl of Snowdon have mutually agreed to live apart," Kensington Palace said in a statement. [54], The Queen told the couple to wait until 1955, when Margaret would be 25,[77] avoiding the Queen having to publicly disapprove of her sister's marriage. David has said that his mother "first invented … The funeral will be attended by the Princess's family and friends, and will not be a State occasion. 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