Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

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Princess Margaret
Countess of Snowdon (more)
Princess Margaret 1965b (cropped).jpg
Margaret circa 1965
BornPrincess Margaret Rose of York
(1930-08-21)21 August 1930
Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland
Died9 February 2002(2002-02-09) (aged 71)
King Edward VII's Hospital, London, England
Burial15 February 2002
Ashes placed in the Royal Vault, St George's Chapel;
9 April 2002
Ashes interred in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, St George's Chapel
Spouse
Issue
Full name
Margaret Rose Windsor[1][2]
HouseWindsor
FatherGeorge VI
MotherElizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon CI GCVO GCStJ (Margaret Rose; 21 August 1930 – 9 February 2002), was the only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II and the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

Early life[change | change source]

Margaret was born in Glamis Castle, Scotland.

During the 1950s, she was in a relationship with Peter Townsend which gained much press coverage hoping they would marry, but ultimately they did not.

In 1960, she married the photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones, who was made Earl of Snowdon. They had two children, David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon born in 1961 and Lady Sarah Chatto born in 1964. After they divorced in 1978, she was known as Princess Margaret Countess of Snowdon; the Earl's new wife was simply the Countess of Snowdon. Armstrong-Jones died in January 2017, almost 15 years after Margaret.

Illness and death[change | change source]

Her later life was marred by illness. She suffered a nervous breakdown in the 1970’s, and in 1978, she fell ill whilst visiting Tuvalu, which resulted in her requiring hospital treatment in Sydney, Australia. In January 1985, after years of heavy smoking, she had an operation to remove part of her left lung. In January 1993, she was admitted to hospital with a bout of pneumonia. In February 1998, she suffered a mild stroke in her holiday home at the Caribbean island of Mustique. A year later in the same place, she suffered scalds to her feet in a bathroom accident which reduced her mobility, sometimes using a wheelchair as a result. She had further strokes in early 2001, and her public appearances became less frequent.

Around January 2002, it was announced Princess Margaret was admitted to hospital.

She died on 9 February 2002 of a stroke while in King Edward VII Hospital.[3] She was cremated so she could be buried next to her beloved father, George VI at St George's Chapel. Her mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, survived her by just over a month, died on 30 March 2002, aged 101, and she, too, was buried in St George's Chapel. [4]

Titles and styles[change | change source]

  • 21 August 1930 – 11 December 1936: Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret of York
  • 11 December 1936 – 3 October 1961: Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret[5]
  • 3 October 1961 – 9 February 2002: Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

Ancestry[change | change source]


References[change | change source]

  1. "Princess Margaret: The Rebel Royal". BBC. 11 September 2018. begins in 1930 with the birth of Margaret Rose Windsor
  2. "Princess Margaret". The Independent. 11 February 2002. Margaret Rose Windsor, Princess of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: born Glamis, Angus 21 August 1930
  3. Warwick, Christopher (2002), Princess Margaret: A Life of Contrasts, London: Carlton Publishing Group, p. 304, ISBN 0-233-05106-6
  4. Richard Kay (12 Feb 2002). "Margaret chose cremation to be near her father". DailyMail.com.
  5. Princess Margaret at no time assumed the title "Princess Margaret, Mrs Antony Armstrong-Jones" (see e.g. issues of the London Gazette 1 November 1960, 25 November 1960, 24 February 1961, 28 February 1961, 3 March 1961 and 24 March 1961).