Queen's Rebellious Little Sister: Princess Margaret's Story

Date December 19, 2017

Being a member of the royal family always keeps you in the public eye. However, this fact did not seem to bother Queen's little sister Princess Margaret that much. Over the years, she earned a reputation for her rebellious spirit, unprecedented decisions, and controversial relationships.

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Princess Margaret was the second child of the Duke and Duchess of York who were later crowned as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. As a child, the little princess dedicated a lot of time to swimming and playing the piano. With the years passing by, Princess Margaret became more and more independent and rebellious.

When she was in her early twenties, Princess Margaret fell in love with Captain Peter Townsend. Their love story was one of the saddest chapters in the princess' life.

The first love of the Princess

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Captain Peter Townsend was an equerry of Margaret's father King George VI. He first met the princess when she was only 14 years old. However, it will take Margaret over eight years before she would realize how much she loves the man.

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At the time, Peter was already divorced from his first wife, Miss Cecil Rosemary Pawle. The couple managed to keep their relationship in a secret for some time. Ironically, the big revelation took place at the coronation of Margaret's sister Queen Elizabeth II.

During the ceremony on June 2nd, 1953, someone saw Princess Margaret flicking some fluff from Captain's uniform as they were waiting for the queen outside Westminster Abbey, reports The Guardian. This simple gesture gave away their secret and caused a serious scandal in the press.

Townsend was sent away for a few years, and the couple reunited only in 1955. Unfortunately, their reunion did not last long.

The fact that Captain Townsend was a divorced man was one of the main reasons both the Parliament and the Church of England were against his marriage with the princess. Eventually, they offered Margaret a solution: she could marry the man she loved if she turns down all of her royal privileges and income. At the end, Margaret decided to end her relationship with Townsend and made an official statement in 1955.

Breaking the royal rules for the second time

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Five years after that statement, Princess Margaret decided to tie the knot with another commoner – a regular photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones. They got married at Westminster Abbey in May 1960, and their ceremony was even broadcast on TV.

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This marriage became one more proof of Princess Margaret's rebellious spirit. By agreeing to be Antony's wife, she became the first princess to marry a commoner in over 400 years. After the wedding, they became the Earl and Countess of Snowdon.

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The couple had two kids, David and Sarah, and spent together over 18 years. But in 1978, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon announced their split. Once again, Margaret broke one of the royal family rules and became the first royal to get a divorce since 1540.

Despite ending their marriage, Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones were still good friends.

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After that, Princess Margaret never remarried again. In the late '90s, she started falling ill. In 2002, the 71-year-old Princess Margaret died after suffering a severe stroke. But people would always remember Princess Margaret for being a strong, passionate person who fought for her love and was not afraid to break the centuries-old rules.

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