Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
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Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

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Born Aug 21, 1930
Died Feb 9, 2002

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon was the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II and the younger daughter of King George VI. Margaret spent much of her childhood years in the company of her older sister and parents. Her life changed dramatically in 1936, when her paternal uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated to marry the divorced American Wallis Simpson. Margaret's father became King in Edward's place, and her older sister became heiress presumptive with Margaret second in line to the throne. During World War II, the two sisters 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 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 Elizabeth II. 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 in the final two decades of her life; 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. Margaret 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.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

She was baptised in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace on 30 October 1930 by Cosmo Lang, the Archbishop of Canterbury. … Read More
1934 3 Years Old The Yorks were perceived by the public as an ideal family: father, mother and children, 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. … Read More
Margaret spent much of her childhood years in the company of her older sister and parents. Her life changed dramatically in 1936, when her paternal uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated to marry the divorced American Wallis Simpson. … Read More
1937 6 Years Old Margaret was a Brownie in the 1st Buckingham Palace Brownie Pack, formed in 1937. … Read More

TEENAGE

1942 11 Years Old When Margaret was twelve in 1942 her uncle and godfather, Prince George, was killed in an air crash. … Read More
1945 14 Years Old Following the end of the war in 1945, Margaret appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with her family and Prime Minister Winston Churchill. … Read More
1947 16 Years Old On 1 February 1947, Margaret, Elizabeth and her parents embarked on a state tour of Southern Africa. … Read More
1950 19 Years Old In 1950, the former royal governess, Marion Crawford, published a biography of Elizabeth and Margaret's childhood years titled The Little Princesses in which she described Margaret's "light-hearted fun and frolics" and her "amusing and outrageous... antics". … Read More

TWENTIES

1951 20 Years Old Her twenty-first birthday party was held at Balmoral in August 1951. … Read More
1953 22 Years Old By 1953, Townsend was divorced from his first wife; he proposed marriage to Margaret. He was 16 years her senior, 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. … Read More
1960 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Following some other romantic interests, rumoured suitors included the Hon. Dominic Elliot, Billy Wallace, and Colin Tennant, Margaret married the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey on 6 May 1960. She reportedly accepted his proposal a day after learning from Peter Townsend that he intended to marry a young Belgian woman, Marie-Luce Jamagne, who was half his age and bore a striking resemblance to Margaret. The announcement of the engagement, on 26 February 1960, took the press by surprise. … Read More

THIRTIES

1961 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1961, the Princess's husband was created Earl of Snowdon, whereupon she became formally styled HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.
1962 31 Years Old As colonies of the British Commonwealth of Nations sought nationhood, Princess Margaret represented the Crown at independence ceremonies in Jamaica in 1962 and Tuvalu and Dominica in 1978. … Read More
1965 34 Years Old She served as President of Girlguiding UK from 1965 until her death in 2002.

FORTIES

1973 - 1974 2 More Events
1976 45 Years Old In February 1976, a picture of Margaret and Llewellyn in swimsuits on Mustique was published on the front page of the News of the World tabloid. … Read More
1978 47 Years Old 1 More Event
The couple divorced in 1978, and Margaret never remarried. … Read More
1979 48 Years Old While on a fund-raising tour of the United States in October 1979 on behalf of the Royal Opera House, Margaret became embroiled in a controversy following the assassination of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma. … Read More

FIFTIES

1981 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1981, Llewellyn married Tatiana Soskin, whom he had known for ten years. … Read More
1985 54 Years Old On 5 January 1985, she had part of her left lung removed; the operation drew parallels with that of her father over 30 years earlier.

LATE ADULTHOOD

1991 60 Years Old In 1991, she quit smoking, but continued to drink heavily.
1993 62 Years Old In January 1993 she was admitted to hospital for pneumonia.
1998 67 Years Old She experienced a mild stroke in 1998 at her holiday home in Mustique. … Read More
2001 70 Years Old 1 More Event
In January and March 2001, further strokes were diagnosed, which left her with partial vision and paralysis on the left side.
Princess Margaret died in the King Edward VII Hospital, London, on 9 February 2002 at the age of 71, after suffering another stroke.
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