Princess Snowdon

Princess Snowdon

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.
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  • 2002
    Age 71
    Her funeral was held on 15 February 2002, the 50th anniversary of her father's funeral.
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    Princess Margaret died in the King Edward VII Hospital, London, on 9 February 2002 at the age of 71 after suffering another stroke.
  • 2001
    Age 70
    Margaret's last public appearances were at the 101st birthday celebrations of her mother in August 2001, and the 100th birthday celebration of her aunt, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, that December.
    In January and March 2001, further strokes were diagnosed, which left her with partial vision and paralysis on the left side.
  • 1998
    Age 67
    She experienced a mild stroke in 1998 at her holiday home in Mustique.
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  • 1993
    Age 62
    In January 1993 she was admitted to hospital for pneumonia.
  • 1991
    Age 60
    In 1991 she quit smoking, though she continued to drink heavily.
  • 1985
    Age 54
    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.
  • 1981
    Age 50
    In January 1981, Margaret was a guest on the BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs.
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    In 1981, Llewellyn married Tatiana Soskin, whom he had known for ten years.
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  • 1978
    Age 47
    On 11 July 1978, the Snowdons' divorce was finalised. It was the first divorce of a senior royal since Princess Victoria of Edinburgh in 1901. In December 1978 Snowdon married Lucy Lindsay-Hogg. In August 1979, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and members of his family were killed by a bomb planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army.
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    The couple had two children; they later divorced in 1978.
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  • 1976
    Age 45
    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 44
    In 1975, the Princess was listed among women with whom actor Warren Beatty had had romantic relationships.
  • 1974
    Age 43
    In 1974, she invited him as a guest to the holiday home she had built on Mustique.
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  • 1973
    Age 42
    In September 1973, Colin Tennant (later Baron Glenconner) introduced Margaret to Roddy Llewellyn.
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  • 1966
    Age 35
    Reportedly, Margaret had her first extramarital affair in 1966, with Anthony Barton, a Bordeaux wine producer and her daughter's godfather.
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  • 1965
    Age 34
    She served as President of Girlguiding UK from 1965 until her death in 2002.
  • 1964
    Age 33
    During an official visit to Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1964, she was allegedly bugged by the KGB.
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  • 1962
    Age 31
    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.
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  • 1961
    Age 30
    The couple had two children (both born by Caesarean section at Margaret's request): David, Viscount Linley, born 3 November 1961, and Lady Sarah, born 1 May 1964.
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    In 1961, her husband was created Earl of Snowdon.
  • 1960
    Age 29
    The Poltimore tiara, which she wore for her wedding in 1960, sold for £926,400.
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    Margaret's announcement of her engagement, on 26 February 1960, took the press by surprise; she had taken care to conceal the romance from reporters.
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    Margaret married the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey on 6 May 1960.
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  • 1953
    Age 22
    By 1953, Townsend was divorced from his first wife; he proposed marriage to Margaret.
  • 1952
    Age 21
    After the war, Margaret fell in love with Group Captain Peter Townsend. In 1952, Margaret's father died, her sister became Queen, and Townsend divorced his first wife.
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  • 1951
    Age 20
    Her twenty-first birthday party was held at Balmoral in August 1951.
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  • 1950
    Age 19
    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".
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  • 1947
    Age 16
    On 1 February 1947, Margaret, Elizabeth and their parents embarked on a state tour of Southern Africa.
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  • 1946
    Age 15
    On 15 April 1946, Margaret was confirmed into the Church of England.
  • 1945
    Age 14
    Following the end of the war in 1945, Margaret appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with her family and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
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  • 1939
    Age 8
    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.
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  • 1937
    Age 6
    Margaret was a Brownie in the 1st Buckingham Palace Brownie Pack, formed in 1937.
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  • 1936
    Age 5
    As in 1936, the Church of England refused to countenance the remarriage of the divorced.
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    Her grandfather, George V, died when Margaret was five, and her uncle succeeded as King Edward VIII. Less than a year later, on 11 December 1936, Edward abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American, whom neither the Church of England nor the Dominion governments would accept as Queen.
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    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.
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  • 1934
    Age 3
    The Yorks were perceived by the public as an ideal family: father, mother and children, but unfounded rumours that Margaret was deaf and mute were not completely dispelled until Margaret's first main public appearance at her uncle Prince George's wedding in 1934.
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  • 1930
    She was baptised in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace on 30 October 1930 by Cosmo Lang, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
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