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

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Born Aug 21, 1930
Hometown Glamis Castle
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.… 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, on 6 May 1960 Margaret married the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey. 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 tabloid News of the World. … Read More
1978 47 Years Old 1 More Event
The marriage, despite an auspicious start, soon became unhappy; the couple divorced in 1978. … 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 the controversy over the assassination of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma. … Read More

FIFTIES

1981 50 Years Old 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 on 9 February 2002 at the age of 71, after suffering another stroke.
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