Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

Noble person

1930 – 2002


Who was Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon?

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon CI GCVO GCStJ, was the only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II and the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

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. Margaret's father became King, and her older sister became heiress presumptive with Margaret second in line to the throne. During World War II, the two sisters stayed at Windsor Castle, despite suggestions to evacuate them to Canada. During the war years, Margaret was considered too young to perform any official duties, and instead continued her education.

After the war, Margaret fell in love with Group Captain Peter Townsend. In 1952, Margaret's father died, her sister became sovereign, and Townsend divorced his first wife. Early the following year, he proposed to Margaret. Many in the government felt that he would be an unsuitable husband for the Queen's 22-year-old sister and the Church of England refused to countenance a marriage to a divorced man. Margaret eventually abandoned her plans and, in 1960, accepted the proposal of the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was created Earl of Snowdon by the Queen. The couple divorced in 1978 and Margaret never remarried.

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Aug 21, 1930
Glamis Castle
Also known as
  • Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  • Margaret Rose
  • Princess Margaret
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret Rose of York
  • Margot
  • Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, CI GCVO GCStJ
  • United Kingdom
Feb 9, 2002
Resting place
St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle

on July 23, 2013


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