Queen Elizabeth’s Special Bond With Princess Margaret. Why Didn't The Queen Turn Her Back On Her Younger Sister Through Her Divorce?

Date September 10, 2018

The bond betweeen siblings is, indeed, unique and special. The best part is that sometimes, siblings even don’t need words to express how they feel. They just have some kind of a ‘6th sense’ that let them know that a brother or a sister needs them.

As for the British royal family, siblings’ bond plays a great role in the monarchs’ relationships. Let’s discuss it on the example of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and her sister, Princess Margaret, four years her junior.


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Sisters’ bond

In a number of historical films, the monarchs are often depicted as ambitious of power, in a constant fight for the throne. But is it actually so in the real life?

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has a large family. According to the royal expert Andrew Duncan, who is also the author of the documentary The Reality of Monarchy, the Queen has a very close relationship with her younger sister, Margaret.



Margaret reportedly had a telephone on her desk in Kensington Palace with a direct line to the Queen, through which the two sisters would gossip with each other almost every day.

Of course, the sisters had to keep on official terms in public. Margaret always referred to Elizabeth as 'the Queen', though in private, she had a cute nickname for Her Majesty – 'Lilibet'.


Painful divorce

In his book, Duncan cited the words princess Margaret used to describe her sister, the Queen. She said:

My sister has an aura. I'm enormously impressed when she walks into a room. It's a kind of magic. In my own humble way, I've always tried to take some of the burden off my sister.



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Even when Margaret was going through a painful divorce, her sister was there to support her. Margaret made headlines when her affair with Roddy Llewellyn, a landscaper 18 years her junior. At that time, she was still married to the Earl of Snowdon.

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Someone would judge the Princess for her ‘completely inappropriate’ behavior, but not her sister. Even at Princess Margaret’s funeral, the Queen shared her feelings about this affair. She said to Princess Anne:

I’d just like to say, Anne, it was rather difficult at moments, but I thank you so much for introducing Princess Margaret to Roddy, because he made her really happy.


Apparently, real-life relationships between the royals may differ a lot from what we're used to seeing on the screen. Just like the rest of us, they can love and support each other at the good and bad moments. At least, that’s what the Queen and her sister, Margaret, always did.

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