Rosemary Pratt, Marchioness Camden

Rosemary Pratt, Marchioness Camden

Born 1921
Died 2004

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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