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    BREAKING NEWS: Photographer Lord Snowdon, the former husband of Princess Margaret, dies peacefully aged 86

    • Celebrity photographer Lord Snowdon, the former husband of Princess Margaret, has died at the age of 86
    • The photographic agency where he worked, Camera Press, said Lord Snowdon peacefully at his home today
    • He photographed some of the most famous faces of the 20th century, from Princess Diana to Jack Nicholson
    • Lord Snowdon wed the Queen's sister Princess Margaret in 1960 - a union that ended in divorce 18 years later

    By Sam Tonkin For Mailonline




    Celebrity photographer Lord Snowdon, the former husband of Princess Margaret, has died at the age of 86.
    Born Antony Armstrong-Jones, he photographed some of the most famous faces of the 20th century, from Diana, Princess of Wales to Jack Nicholson and Elizabeth Taylor, in a career that lasted more than six decades.
    But he will be remembered as the man who married into the royal family, wedding the Queen's sister Princess Margaret in 1960 - a union that ended in divorce 18 years later.
    The couple had two children and it is said Lord Snowdon remained close to the monarchy. He is the only photographer to have had sittings with the Queen throughout her long reign.
    The Eton-educated photographer died peacefully at home today, said Camera Press, the photographic agency he worked with for a number of years.
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    Death: Lord Snowdon, the former husband of Princess Margaret, has died at the age of 86, it was announced this afternoon










    Royal photographer: Lord Snowdon is pictured left with Princess Margaret on their wedding day and right in public for what is believed to be the final time in October last year




    Royal couple: Buckingham Palace said the Queen had been informed of Lord Snowdon's death. He is pictured with Margaret

    Buckingham Palace said the Queen had been informed, but did not comment further.
    Camera Press said in a short statement: 'The Earl of Snowdon died peacefully at home on 13th January 2017.'
    Princess Margaret, the Queen's younger sister, died in February 2002 aged 71. She had been ill for some time, suffered a third stroke and developed heart problems.
    The Queen Mother died a month later at the age of 101.



    After his divorce to Princess Margaret amid rumours of her extra-marital affair, Lord Snowdon married Lucy Lindsay-Hogg, the former wife of film director Michael Lindsay-Hogg.
    The marriage ended in divorce in 2000, this time facing allegations that Lord Snowdon was having an affair. There have been a number of similar claims made over the years.
    The photographer turned his lens on the worlds of theatre, fashion and high society when he began his career in the 1950s. He later became the royal photographer after his marriage to Princess Margaret.
    He is known for his six-decade association with Vogue and in the early 1960s worked with the Sunday Times Magazine on documentary subjects from mental health to loneliness.
    The public stage, which was to bring glamour and marital disaster, was fully his on February 26, 1960, when his engagement to Princess Margaret was announced.



    Together as a family: Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon with their two children at Kensington Palace in London in 1964




    On a royal engagement: Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon pictured on a ranch in Tucson, Arizona in the US in 1965




    Dressed to impress: President Lyndon B Johnson, Princess Margaret, Lady Bird Johnson and Lord Snowdon in 1965

    Five years earlier Margaret had ended her ill-fated relationship with divorced Group Captain Peter Townsend, choosing royal duty over love.
    The wedding, on May 6, was an impressive occasion at Westminster Abbey, after which the couple sailed around the Caribbean islands on honeymoon.
    The following year it was revealed that Princess Margaret was expecting a baby - the future Viscount Linley - and shortly afterwards the Queen brought Mr Armstrong-Jones fully into the royal fold by conferring an aristocratic title on him.
    His title, Earl of Snowdon, was chosen because of his family associations with Carnarvonshire, where his father was a deputy lord lieutenant.
    In need of more stimulation that royal life could provide, he was appointed artistic adviser by The Sunday Times in 1962.
    ON TV: MARGARET IN NETFLIX'S THE CROWN



    Vanessa Kirby plays Princess Margaret

    The early life of Princess Margaret has just been portrayed in Netflix drama The Crown - which began with an inside look at the start of the Queen's reign.
    Actress Vanessa Kirby plays Margaret, whose affair with married Group Captain Peter Townsend, a former Battle of Britain pilot, is shown in the first series.
    He later divorced his wife to pave the way for marriage to the royal, but the Queen refused to endorse the match.
    Princess Margaret has not yet been seen meeting Lord Snowdon on the hit TV show, but that is expected to happen in series two with writer and creator Peter Morgan confirming the season will end in 1964.
    Season one covered the period from 1947 up until 1955 and ended with Elizabeth and Philip’s marriage at breaking point as the Prince struggled to adjust his wife’s new role.But his new professional position brought controversy. Questions were asked in the House of Commons over suggestions that his connections were bringing him special treatment.



    The royal couple's second child, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, was born on May 1, 1964.
    Rumours of a rift in the marriage began as early as 1967, when foreign newspapers began to carry stories of a private 'battle royal'.
    Lord Snowdon vigorously denied the reports, telling reporters: 'I love my wife.'
    Then, in August 1970, an article appeared in the prestigious Ladies Home Journal in America, claiming there were severe problems in the marriage.
    Buckingham Palace issued denials of reports that separation was being discussed by December of that year.
    In January 1971, Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret returned to the scene of their honeymoon in the Bahamas, and the fuss died down for a while.
    Over the next five years the couple were seen together less and less, and almost all the press attention was directed to speculation about Lord Snowdon's 'romances' with society ladies like Lady Jacqueline Rufus-Isaacs and Lady Harlech.
    At the same time the popular press was concluding a romance was on between Princess Margaret and landscape gardener Roddy Llewellyn, fuelled by their spending a holiday together in the Caribbean.
    As the relationship became increasingly bitter, Lord Snowdon reportedly would make lists of 'things I hate about you' and leave them in books Margaret was reading.
    One note placed in her glove drawer allegedly read: 'You look like a Jewish manicurist and I hate you.'
    By March 1976, the rift had gone too far to be mended, although many observers close to the Royal Family appeared to believe separation was unthinkable.
    It was assumed the couple would simply lead separate lives without taking a formal decision.
    But the split came on March 19, 1976, with the Palace announcing they had 'mutually agreed to live apart', adding that there were 'no plans for divorce proceedings'. They had been married nearly 16 years.
    In 2014, Lord Snowdon donated a series of his photographs, including ones of David Bowie, Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Laurence Olivier to the National Portrait Gallery.
    The donation of 130 photographs from Lord Snowdon's archive is one of the largest gifts ever received by the gallery, and several of the portraits went on display for the first time in 2014.



    Royal visit: Princess Margaret, wearing a yellow silk coat, and Lord Snowdon are seen visiting Coventry together in 1961






    The first Royal rebel: How a Swinging Sixties snapper charmed a princess to become the first real commoner to wed a king's daughter for 450 years



    Passed away: Lord Snowdon, the former husband of Princess Margaret, died peacefully at his home on Friday aged 86

    The Earl of Snowdon will largely be remembered for the failure of his marriage to the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret.
    But he was also an acclaimed photographer and a passionate campaigner for the disabled.
    With his legendary charm and a string of lovers over the years, his tangled affairs of the heart often hit the headlines.
    He was a slightly Bohemian character who, in the anything-goes Swinging Sixties, married into the Royal Family, becoming Princess Margaret's handsome groom at a grand wedding in Westminster Abbey.
    The couple became style leaders of the decade, leading a glamorous lifestyle and mixing with famous faces such as Peter Sellers and Noel Coward.
    A celebrity photographer who rode a motorbike, had divorced parents and was born without a title, Lord Snowdon was dubbed the "first royal rebel" for his dislike of convention.
    He was the first real commoner to wed a king's daughter for 450 years.
    Antony Armstrong-Jones was the son of barrister Ronald Armstrong-Jones QC and society beauty Anne Messel, who went on to become the Countess of Rosse.
    His parents separated when he was young and at 16 he contracted a form of polio, called poliomyelitis.
    He overcame his disability by making a study of leg muscles and then devising exercises, but the experience was to make him a life-long campaigner against the discrimination of disabled people.
    He recovered well enough to be able to cox the Cambridge University rowing crew to victory in the 1950 Boat Race, one of the most dramatic, during which the boats' oars touched.
    Following education at Sandroyd School, Salisbury, and then Eton, the young Armstrong-Jones went to Jesus College, Cambridge, to study natural history, but switched to architecture after only 10 days.
    After failing his second year exams, he embarked on a career as a photographer, serving first as an apprentice under the court photographer, Baron, and then branching out on his own.



    On their wedding day: Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret walk hand in hand in May 1960








    He photographed actors and actresses for theatre publicity shots, including Laurence Olivier and Marlene Dietrich.

    His distinctive style of society photography helped him meet - and hide - his friendship with Princess Margaret, for he was able to slip in and out of Royal residences without arousing suspicion.
    His first official Royal assignment was for the Duke of Kent's 21st birthday, with picture sessions with Prince Charles, Princess Margaret, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh following soon after.
    He worked from a Pimlico studio and a small house in unfashionable Rotherhithe on the banks of the Thames.
    But he was far from obscure. He held a one-man exhibition in 1956, and published two books the following year.
    Over the years, he photographed many famous faces from Baroness Thatcher, Dame Maggie Smith, Rupert Murdoch and Diana, Princess of Wales to actors Jack Nicholson, Dame Joan Collins and Clint Eastwood.



    Photographer Lord Snowdon is pictured at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1998

    The public stage, which was to bring glamour and marital disaster, was fully his on February 26, 1960, when his engagement to Princess Margaret was announced.
    Five years earlier Margaret had ended her ill-fated relationship with divorced Group Captain Peter Townsend, choosing royal duty over love.
    The wedding, on May 6, was an impressive occasion at Westminster Abbey, after which the couple sailed around the Caribbean islands on honeymoon.
    The following year it was revealed that Princess Margaret was expecting a baby - the future Viscount Linley - and shortly afterwards the Queen brought Mr Armstrong-Jones fully into the royal fold by conferring an aristocratic title on him.
    His title, Earl of Snowdon, was chosen because of his family associations with Carnarvonshire, where his father was a deputy lord lieutenant.
    In need of more stimulation that royal life could provide, he was appointed artistic adviser by The Sunday Times in 1962.
    But his new professional position brought controversy. Questions were asked in the House of Commons over suggestions that his connections were bringing him special treatment.
    The royal couple's second child, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, was born on May 1, 1964.
    Rumours of a rift in the marriage began as early as 1967, when foreign newspapers began to carry stories of a private "battle royal".
    Lord Snowdon vigorously denied the reports, telling reporters: "I love my wife."
    Then, in August 1970, an article appeared in the prestigious Ladies Home Journal in America, claiming there were severe problems in the marriage.
    Buckingham Palace issued denials of reports that separation was being discussed by December of that year.
    In January 1971, Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret returned to the scene of their honeymoon in the Bahamas, and the fuss died down for a while.



    Taking a break: Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon pictured in Washington, America in 1965

    Over the next five years the couple were seen together less and less, and almost all the press attention was directed to speculation about Lord Snowdon's "romances" with society ladies like Lady Jacqueline Rufus-Isaacs and Lady Harlech.
    At the same time the popular press was concluding a romance was on between Princess Margaret and landscape gardener Roddy Llewellyn, fuelled by their spending a holiday together in the Caribbean.
    As the relationship became increasingly bitter, Lord Snowdon reportedly would make lists of "things I hate about you" and leave them in books Margaret was reading.
    One note placed in her glove drawer allegedly read: "You look like a Jewish manicurist and I hate you."
    By March 1976, the rift had gone too far to be mended, although many observers close to the Royal Family appeared to believe separation was unthinkable.
    It was assumed the couple would simply lead separate lives without taking a formal decision.
    But the split came on March 19, 1976, with the Palace announcing they had "mutually agreed to live apart", adding that there were "no plans for divorce proceedings". They had been married nearly 16 years.
    Lord Snowdon was flying to Australia for an exhibition of his photographs when the news broke.
    He made an almost tearful appearance in front of Australian television camera crews after he landed in Sydney, as he claimed he had not been warned of the announcement.



    Princess Margaret dances with Lord Snowdon at a Tower of London ball in aid of Barnardo's

    Lord Snowdon moved to a cottage in Sussex - and fresh speculation grew that his four-year friendship with film production assistant Lucy Lindsay-Hogg had triggered the official separation.
    Divorce was announced on May 11, 1978, while Princess Margaret was in hospital suffering from gastroenteritis and hepatitis.
    She became the first royal to divorce since Henry VIII.
    The uncontested decree nisi was made in the High Court on May 25, 1978, and gossip columnists and writers settled into an account of the couple's lives as the "black sheep" of the Royal Family.
    She, it was claimed, had lost interest in his arty friends, while he became bored by the constant round of royal pomp.
    Princess Margaret had custody of the children; divorce left Lord Snowdon free to wed Lucy Lindsay-Hogg in December 1978.
    Despite the difficulties of their split, the pair remained friends in later years, becoming closer in the prolonged run up to Margaret's death in 2002.
    Lord Snowdon had led an active royal life.
    His first taste of public controversy came when he complained, with Everest climber Lord Hunt, about conditions at the Snowdon Hotel on the summit of Snowdon in North Wales.



    Lord Snowdon had led an active royal life

    As chairman of the panel of judges of souvenirs for the investiture of the Prince of Wales, he caused a storm by saying most of the 450 designs were a "load of rubbish".
    In 1966 he had contributed to a design of a very different kind when he created the aviary at London Zoo.
    Hints of a privately tempestuous nature came through a row with freelance photographer, Raymond Bellisario, who alleged that Lord Snowdon had complained about him to the Badminton Horse Trial authorities.
    And in July 1971 stories telling how he had thrown two glasses of wine over the Queen Mother's horse trainer Peter Cazalet began to appear.
    But there was clearly "the joker" in him too. He admitted in 1974 that he had acted as a butler at a New York party, serving drinks, as a bet to see whether he would be recognised. He was not.
    That year he made his maiden speech in the House of Lords, on the Sharp Report on the mobility of the disabled.
    It led to his being invited to chair a parliamentary working party on the integration of disabled people which reported in October 1976.
    In January 1976 he had challenged the Royal Horticultural Society's organisation of the Chelsea Flower Show by writing a letter to The Times which angrily attacked their failure to allow blind people to take guide dogs into the annual show.
    Then, the following year, he attacked the media and Prime Minister James Callaghan, for paying too little attention to the problems of the disabled.
    His distance from the Royal Family was evident during the Silver Jubilee celebrations. He was given no official role, and sat eight rows behind Princess Margaret and his children at the Thanksgiving Service at St Paul's Cathedral.
    Tragedy had struck privately. He narrowly missed death himself when racing driver Graham Hill and five team mates were killed in a plane crash at Elstree. Lord Snowdon would have been aboard but for a late change of plan.
    And in 1983 he was temporarily blinded when an unidentified substance was squirted in his face by a a group of four young men as he sat at traffic lights in a chauffeur-driven car.
    Shortly after his divorce, he set up the Earl of Snowdon Award Scheme to provide bursaries for disabled students, using £14,000 from fees he received for photographs of the royal family.
    In September 1980 he was appointed president for England of the International Year for Disabled People committee.
    He attacked a decision to bar disabled Falklands soldiers and sailors from the City of London 1983 victory parade, and criticised the Princess of Wales's father, Earl Spencer, for failure to provide public wheelchair access at his Althorp home.
    In 1988, he hit out at British Rail for the conditions in which the disabled were forced to travel.
    At the second annual presentation of the Snowdon Award Scheme, Lord Snowdon attacked Butlin's holiday camps for refusing to allow guide dogs admission to their sites, and the Church of England for threatening to get rid of a 400-acre adventure playground for disabled children in the grounds of a rectory.
    His major interest, in the disabled, was revealed when he unveiled a prototype design for a motor-driven platform enabling handicapped people to move around in ordinary chairs.
    The Squirrel wheelchair, as it was called, eventually went into production in Birmingham in 1989.
    Although the idea never really took off, in 1988, he helped pioneer a revolutionary new hearing device called The Link, which aimed to make a human voice audible to the hard-of-hearing over other sounds in a crowded environment and was intended to be cheaper than existing devices.
    He went on to design aids for the blind as well.
    He also continued with his photographic career.
    In 1983 Snowdon received nominations for the National Business Calendars Award and the Kodak Colour Calendar Awards for his tasteful black-and-white calendar, entitled Kindness, featuring portraits of hospital workers.
    He was the first to photograph the newest member of the Royal Family in October 1984 when he took pictures of the one-month-old second son of the Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince Harry.
    As a photographer, Lord Snowdon was in great demand commercially and in 1985 spearheaded a £500,000 autumn promotional campaign for London Weekend Television, taking black and white photographs of the company's stars which were then used in a sequence of silent advertisements.



    Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon dancing at the Canadian Universities Ball at Quaglino's

    Lord Snowdon sparked controversy when he conducted an interview with Design Council chairman Simon Hornby for Vogue magazine in 1987. It led to bitter arguments within the Design Council when, according to Mr Hornby, the article took his comments about the Design Council services out of context, presenting them as condemnatory.
    Snowdon was later forced to resign as consultant to the Council, a position he had held for 26 years.
    In 1987 he became the UK patron of Rotary International's worldwide campaign against polio.
    On good terms with his ex-wife, he took the official photographs of her and their two children on the eve of her tour of China in 1987, and nursing her back to health as she recovered from a lung operation in 1985.
    At the age of 59, Lord Snowdon underwent a successful abdominal operation at the King Edward VII Hospital for Officers in London.
    And at an age when most men are thinking about retirement, he changed jobs, moving from his position as designer and photographer at The Sunday Times to its main rival The Sunday Telegraph.
    Lord Snowdon was continually facing new challenges in his determination to gain equal rights for the disabled.
    In 1993 he took on the voluntary position of chairman of the Arts Council's initiative to increase the employment of disabled people in the arts.



    Princess Margaret with Lord Snowdon (second left) as he shakes hands with Ringo Starr when meeting the Beatles before the world charity premiere of their second film, 'Help' in London

    Two years later, he became the first honorary president of the charitable trust ADAPT - Access for Disabled People to Arts Premises Today.
    On 8 October 1993, his son Viscount Linley married the Honourable Serena Stanhope, in front of the Queen and other members of the Royal Family at Westminster Abbey.
    Seven months later, his daughter Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones announced her engagement to her long-time boyfriend, artist Daniel Chatto.
    Their subsequent marriage followed a year later and gave Snowdon his first grandchild in 1996.
    Earlier, in 1994, Lord Snowdon had again courted controversy when he emerged as the key figure in a campaign to sack his parish vicar who did not believe in God.
    Despite walking with an increasingly pronounced limp, forcing him to use a stick, Lord Snowdon continued his career as a professional photographer.
    In 1995, he produced photographs for a 56-page celebration of British theatre for an edition of Vanity Fair magazine. It entailed 85 sittings, often up to three a day, with the top actors in British theatre.
    Also in 1995 he succeeded the Earl of Gowrie as Provost of the Royal College of Art in London.
    In 1999, he accepted a seat in the reformed House of Lords, becoming one of 10 hereditaries to be given life peerages. There was concern at his decision, considering he had missed all debates in the previous two full sessions of Parliament.
    His love affairs remained colourful throughout.



    Royal couple Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon are pictured together back in 1967

    He met his second wife Lucy Lindsay-Hogg, fourteen years his junior, in 1974, and they worked together in Australia on a BBC series called The Explorers for six weeks during that year.
    Throughout their romance, including publicity surrounding Lord Snowdon's separation, she remained discreet.
    When he revealed they were to marry at Kensington Register Office, it was to the Press Association - not even his personal assistant knew in advance.
    She became the Countess of Snowdon on marrying him on December 15, 1978.
    In April of the following year it was revealed that she was expecting a baby, which was born prematurely in July, 1979, and named Lady Frances Armstrong-Jones.
    There was sadness - and scandal - when, on New Year's Eve 1996, his long-term mistress journalist Ann Hills took her life with a drugs overdose.
    And Lord Snowdon's private life hit the headlines again in 1998 when, at the age of 68, he had an affair with Country Life journalist Melanie Cable-Alexander, 35, who bore him a son, Jasper.
    Lucy, Countess of Snowdon, left him just weeks before the birth and their marriage ended in the divorce court in September 2000.
    It later also emerged that he fathered an illegitimate daughter just before marrying Princess Margaret.
    According to biographer Anne de Courcy, Polly Fry was born in 1960, in the third week of the royal newlyweds' honeymoon. She was brought up as a daughter of Jeremy Fry, inventor and member of the Fry's chocolate family.
    A DNA test in 2004 apparently proved Lord Snowdon's paternity, but at the time Lord Snowdon denied knowledge of any claims or of a DNA test.
    There were rumours throughout his life that Lord Snowdon was bisexual.
    "I didn't fall in love with boys - but a few men have been in love with me," he once said.
    Interior designer Nicky Haslam claimed he had a "very brief romance" with Lord Snowdon the year before his wedding to Princess Margaret, but Snowdon denied it.
    He went on to have a five-year relationship with Marjorie Wallace, the founder of the mental health charity Sane, but this cooled in in June 2008 after she talked too freely of their romance to the newspapers.
    Lord Snowdon was frail in his later years, using a wheelchair or sticks because of a recurrence of his childhood polio.
    Although his granddaughter was a bridesmaid, he was not invited to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in 2011, but he was unfazed, apparently remarking: "I haven't been invited. Surprised? No. Will I be watching it on TV? I shouldn't think so."
    He retired from the House of Lords in March 2016.
    Although he was always something of an outsider, it was to him that the Queen and other royals often turned to capture their personal milestones in pictures.
    He was the trusted "black sheep" of the Royal Family, the celebrated photographer with a weakness for romantic liaisons, and a tireless campaigner on behalf of the disabled.

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    He was quite handsome.

    Children with Princess Margaret:



    Lady Sarah and David Armstrong Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowden


    Lady Sarah on her wedding day in 1994: (I LOVE her dress!)


    Lady Sarah with Duchess of Cambridge:

    Looks like those Windsor genes kicked in.
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    ^I think both kids look more like him than Margaret.
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    'you look like a jewish manicurist'???

    WTF.

    sounds like a tool. excuse me, Royal Tool.

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    and whoever heard of a jewish manicurist anyway?
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    ^^^ i know, really.

    but still!!!???

    that's the best he could come up with? those years at cambridge were a waste ....

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    Poor Princess Margaret didn't get to marry the love of her life, Captain Peter Townsend because he was divorced and the new Queen, Elizabeth, couldn't allow her sister to marry a divorced man. So tragic.

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    So she married Antony Armstrong Jones, who became Lord Snowden not long after marrying the Princess.
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    They both sounded like assholes. RIP...I guess.
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    I thought he died about ten years ago. I'll be honest, most of what I knew about him was his photography which I did like, so I'll say RIP for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebonnet View Post
    Poor Princess Margaret didn't get to marry the love of her life, Captain Peter Townsend because he was divorced and the new Queen, Elizabeth, couldn't allow her sister to marry a divorced man. So tragic.

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    So she married Antony Armstrong Jones, who became Lord Snowden not long after marrying the Princess.
    She WAS allowed to marry the love of her life if she'd give up her royal rights and titles. She preferred the pampered life to real love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HWBL View Post
    She WAS allowed to marry the love of her life if she'd give up her royal rights and titles. She preferred the pampered life to real love.
    Ah.
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    I, too, thought he'd already died. I love the old pictures, though. I didn't realize how much Margaret looks like Elizabeth, but I have always thought Elizabeth was prettier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylkyn View Post
    I, too, thought he'd already died. I love the old pictures, though. I didn't realize how much Margaret looks like Elizabeth, but I have always thought Elizabeth was prettier.
    Back in the day, Margaret was considered to be the pretty one. The movie Roman Holiday was partly inspired by her "not to be romance" with Townsend.
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    She was supposedly the 'pretty one,' but I think Elizabeth was much more attractive. Margaret was a right royal tart, wild, a brat, and indiscreet to boot. Ironically, she was Princess Di's fiercest critic - utterly impatient and contemptuous of Diana's mental and emotional issues.

    In case it wasn't clear, I really, really, disliked Margaret, lol.

    Lord Snowden I did admire in many ways. RIP.
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    I don't think Margaret was thought of as the pretty one. She was supposedly touted all over Europe to be married off to a royal and no one was interested so she eventually found a ghastly commoner or two.

    Maybe she was two faced about Diana but at one time Diana seemed to enjoy her company. Margaret knew what it was like to be the black sheep of the family. Perhaps in the end she was glad it wasn't her.
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