Princess Margaret in pictures
Wed, February 8, 2017
The Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, the Countess of Snowdon in pictures.
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Princess Margaret in pictures
Princess Margaret died at the age of 71 in on February 9 2002, just seven weeks before the death of her mother on March 30 2002.
The Queen marked the 65th anniversary of her father’s death on February and will remember her younger sister tomorrow.
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Princess Margaret was born to Prince Albert – who later became George VI – and his wife Elizabeth on August 30 1930.
Soon after, her mother wrote in a letter: “I am glad to say that she has large blue eyes and a will of iron, which is all the equipment a lady needs.”
The young fun-loving princess was educated at home with her elder sister Elizabeth – the future Queen.
Margaret was lively and free-spirited while Elizabeth was serious beyond her years. The King would say: “Lilibet is my pride, Margaret my joy.”
The children loved playing with their dogs and going horse riding in between lessons with their nanny Marion Crawford, who they called Crawfie.
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Magaret's father Albert became King George VI when her uncle Edward VIII abdicated to marry his divorced lover Wallis Simpson in 1936.
The royal daughters stayed in Britain during World War Two because their father refused to leave the country in its hour of need.
Margaret later fell in love with Captain Peter Townsend of the Royal Air Force who was serving as an equerry to her father at the time.
The Princess told a confidence that the romance blossomed when he accompanied the royal family during a tour of South Africa in 1947.
“We rode together every morning in that wonderful country, in marvelous weather,” she said. ‘That’s when I really fell in love with him.”
Captain Peter Townsend and Princess Margaret
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Just a few years later, her sister Elizabeth became Queen after their father’s death on February 6 1952.
Margaret were forbidden from marrying Captain Townsend because he was a divorcee – something that caused controversy in the press.
In 1953, Time noted that Margaret's "increasingly sober face in the news pictures seemed to reflect a deeply troubled heart."
Princess Margaret and her future husband Anthony Armstrong-Jones were introduced at a dinner party in May 1958.
They got married at during a lavish wedding at Westminster Abbey in 1960 and were later made Count and Countess of Snowdon.
The couple had two children – Viscount David Linley in 1961 and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones in 1964.
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The wedding of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon in 1960 in London
But problems between them began to surface from the mid-Sixties, with rows and infidelities on both sides leading to their divorce.
The Snowdons broke up in in 1978 and got divorced two years later.
Margaret’s later life was marred by illness including a lung operation in 1985 and a series of strokes between 1998 and 2001.