Who Is Princess Margaret?
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Princess Margaret Rose, Countess of Snowdon, is a member of the extended British Royal Family. She is the younger daughter of King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, as well as the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II. Margaret was known for her wild and controversial lifestyle, and for being a tabloid fodder for British press.
Career Focus: Monarch
Popular Works: Member of the British Royal Family, Countess of Snowdon.
Date Of Birth: 21-08-1930 (Died: 09-02-2002)
Current State & Country: London, England, United Kingdom
Home State & Country: Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland
Weight: 128 lbs.
Net Worth Income: £20,000,000 (or $25,801,300)
Educational Credentials: Early education was through a Scottish governess named Marion Crawford.
Margaret was into a noted philanthropist. She served as the president of the Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), and the Invalid Children’s Aid Nationwide. She became the Colonel-in-Chief of the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps. She was the patron of several organizations like the West Indies Olympic Association, the Girl Guides, the Terrence Higgins Trust, Northern Ballet Theater, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, and the Royal College of Nursing, among others.
Career History Of Princess Margaret
One of her first official engagements as a royal was participating in the launching of an ocean liner called the Edinburgh Castle in 1947. She also went on royal tours in several of the Commonwealth territories, the first one being in South Africa in 1947. In this tour, she was joined by her sister and mother. Her tour around the Caribbean on the Britannia liner 1955 was also widely covered by the press. Margaret was also the occasional representative of the Royal Family during independence ceremonies in Commonwealth countries who sought nationhood.
In 1965, she visited the US and met up with then-president Lyndon B. Johnson, and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson. She travelled to Japan in 1969, Canada in 1974, Japan again in 1979, Australia in 1980, and the Philippines in 1980. She also paid a visit to China in 1987, and the African country of Swaziland in 1981.
Personal Life Of Princess Margaret
Margaret is the youngest daughter of the late George VI, and the late Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, aka the Queen Mum. She has an older sister named Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, also known as Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Realms. Her birthday is on August 21, 1930. She is the first royal to be born in Scotland in over at least 300 years. When she was younger, Margaret, her sister, and her family never even imagined that they would become heirs to the British throne – Their uncle, Edward VIII, was the King of the United Kingdom during that time. Then in 1936, to the shock of many, Edward VIII decided to abdicate the throne so he could marry an American socialite named Wallis Simpson. Simpson was a divorcee, and it was against the law for a King to marry one. George VI replaced his brother, and Margaret became the second in line to the throne after her sister. On October 1961, she officially became the Countess of Snowdon.
When she was 22, Margaret met Peter Townsend, who was the Comptroller of the Queen Mum’s house. Townsend was sixteen years her senior, and had two children from a previous marriage. Margaret expressed her desire to marry Townsend, but her family refused. The Church of England warned her that she will no longer be able to receive communion if she married a divorced man. Their relationship seemingly ended after Townsend was relocated to Burma.
Margaret met her husband, photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, in 1958. They married two years later, with the ceremony becoming the very first royal wedding to be shown on television. Through her husband, Margaret met plenty of socialites and celebrities, as well as wealthy businessmen. She and Armstrong-Jones were often photographed during events, and were known for their sense of style. They had two children – David, Viscount Linley, and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones. Their marriage ended in 1978, and it was the first royal divorce in over 400 years.
During her later years, Margaret was afflicted with poor health, caused by her alcoholism and heavy smoking. She suffered from a foot injury in 1993, causing her to use a wheelchair for the remainder of her life. After a series of strokes, Margaret died on February 9, 2002. A private funeral was held on February 15, 2002.
Net Worth Of Princess Margaret
Given that she is a royal, it’s not surprising that Margaret lives a lavish lifestyle. However, compared to her sister, Elizabeth, Margaret is known for being more outspoken and outgoing, living a lifestyle that was considered too wild during those years. Simply put, she would use her cash to buy whatever she wants. She enjoyed living an extravagant lifestyle.
When she was only thirteen, British philanthropist Dame Margaret Greville left the princess with a whopping £20,000. And when her grandmother passed away in 1953, she and her sister received a huge fortune as well.
When Margaret herself passed away in 2002, she had accumulated over £10,000,000 worth of furniture and art, over £2,000,000 worth of jewelry, £5,000,000 in investments and properties, and £3,000,000 worth of wedding gifts. This brings it to a total of over £20M. After her death, she left her fortune to her two children: David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones. Their mother owned an estate that cost over £7,000,000. The property and cash that was left after the tax would go to over £4,500,000. The Armstrong-Jones children sold off over 800 of Margaret’s personal items for £5,000,000.
Controversial News On The Life & Career Of Princess Margaret
Her divorce from Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1978 received plenty of negative press. The signs of their doomed marriage started happening even just weeks after the wedding ceremony – It is said that Armstrong-Jones had affairs with several women and men, while Margaret partied too much and had her own affairs with men as well. A book written by Anne de Courcy also said that both Margaret and Armstrong-Jones had strong-willed personalities, and were so used to getting their own way, so fights between them were imminent. There were also rumors about drug and alcohol abuse from both sides. It is said that Armstrong-Jones would leave notes around their house, which listed reasons why he disliked Margaret. Surprisingly, Margaret’s family took his side during the divorce.
Rumors And Frequently Asked Questions About Princess Margaret
As mentioned, Margaret was known for her rebellious personality lavish lifestyle. Her morning routine consisted of breakfast in bed with a chain-smoking session, and some vodka and white wine at lunch. When she met American actress (and future Princess of Monaco) Grace Kelly in the 70s, Margaret commented to Kelly’s face that she “did not look like a movie star at all”. She also once said that actress Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection was “vulgar”.