Rosemary Pratt, Marchioness Camden
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Rosemary Pratt, Marchioness Camden

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Female
Born May 9, 1921
Age 95

Rosemary Pratt, Marchioness Camden was a British socialite and artist, best known as the first wife of Peter Townsend, the man who later hoped to marry the late Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom. Rosemary was the daughter of Brigadier-General Hanbury Pawle CBE DL (1886-1972), a Deputy Lieutenant for Hertfordshire, by his marriage to Mary Cecil Hughes-Hallett (d. 1971), both of whom were from families of the landed gentry. On 17 July 1941 at Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, she married Peter Townsend (1914-1995). Townsend was a decorated Royal Air Force pilot, who early in the Second World War had brought down the first German bomber to crash in England since 1918. In 1941, he was recovering from injuries incurred in a dogfight. The young Rosemary met the glamorous young ace, and married him after a whirlwind two-week courtship. Townsend later joined the Royal Household in 1944 under an "equerries of honour scheme". With Townsend, she had two sons, Giles (born 1942) and Hugo (born 1945). King George VI acted as godfather to Hugo, who was briefly a monk and later married a Belgian noblewoman, Yolande Princesse de Ligne.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1921 Birth Born in 1921.

TWENTIES

1941 20 Years Old On 17 July 1941 at Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, she married Peter Townsend (1914–1995). … Read More
1944 23 Years Old Townsend later joined the Royal Household in 1944 under an "equerries of honour scheme". … Read More

THIRTIES

1952 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Their marriage began to collapse due to Townsend's prolonged absences from home. According to news reports, he later discovered Rosemary's affair with John de László, the youngest son of the painter Philip de László, and was granted a decree nisi in 1952 for his wife's adultery. … Read More

FIFTIES

1977 56 Years Old She was divorced from her second husband in 1977; and on 12 January 1978, at Kensington registry office, she became the third wife of the 5th Marquess Camden.

LATE ADULTHOOD

1983 62 Years Old He died in 1983, and she died in London on 27 February 2004, aged 82, having outlived all three of her husbands: Townsend died in 1995 and de László in 1990. … Read More
2004 83 Years Old Died in 2004.
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