The sad story of Princess Margaret (2002)


 
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Friday, 9 February 2018


2002 -

Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died this day in the year 2002, at the age of 71. She was known as a royal rebel, whose troubles in her private life caused worldwide disapproval, but sympathy as well.



The strict rules
Princess Margaret Rose was born on the 21th of August in 1930 at the Glamis Castle in Angus, Scotland. It was the first time in over 300 years that a member of the British Royal Family was born in Scotland. Margaret was only six years old when her father became King George VI since her uncle gave up the throne to marry the twice-divorced Willes Simpson. From that moment on, she was destined to live in the shadow of her older sister Elizabeth and live her life obeying the strict rules of the Royal protocol.

Her broken heart
Soon after her father’s death, the 22-year-old Margaret fell in love with the sixteen years older Peter Townsend, who was the equerry of the British royal household. However, the age difference did not keep them apart. Townsend was already married to Miss Cecil Rosemary Pawle, but marrying a divorced man was not approved by the Church of England. While her heart was broken over Townsend, she married photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones in 1960. The couple got two children, David and Sarah.



360 trivial fact
The wedding of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones was the first royal wedding to be broadcast on national television.

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