Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

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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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.


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 twice 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
1939 8 Years Old At the outbreak of World War II, Margaret and her sister were at Birkhall, on the Balmoral Castle estate, where they stayed until Christmas 1939, enduring nights so cold that drinking water in carafes by their bedside froze. … 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
1946 15 Years Old On 15 April 1946, Margaret was confirmed into the Church of England.
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


1951 20 Years Old Her twenty-first birthday party was held at Balmoral in August 1951. … Read More
1952 21 Years Old After the war, Margaret fell in love with Group Captain Peter Townsend. In 1952, Margaret's father died, her sister became sovereign, and Townsend divorced his first wife. … Read More
1953 22 Years Old By 1953, Townsend was divorced from his first wife; he proposed marriage to Margaret.
1960 29 Years Old 1 More Event
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 Princess Margaret. The announcement of the engagement, on 26 February 1960, took the press by surprise. … Read More


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 - 1964 2 More Events
1965 34 Years Old She served as President of Girlguiding UK from 1965 until her death in 2002.
1966 35 Years Old Reportedly, her first extramarital affair took place in 1966, with her daughter's godfather, Bordeaux wine producer Anthony Barton, and a year later she had a one-month liaison with Robin Douglas-Home, a nephew of British politician Alec Douglas-Home. … Read More


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 had two children and 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 a controversy following the assassination of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma. … Read More


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.


1991 - 1993 2 More Events
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 had 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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