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Princess Margaret: 5 Fascinating Facts About the Rebellious Royal on What Would Have Been Her 90th Birthday

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Princess Margaret: 5 Fascinating Facts About the Rebellious Royal on What Would Have Been Her 90th Birthday

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Princess Margaret leaving Clarence House in London for Westminster Abbey on her wedding day — May 6, 1960. Photo: Central Press/Getty Images

The popularity of Netflix’s The Crown has resulted in a renewed interest in the Queen’s only sibling, Princess Margaret. And whether you lived through her romances and divorce and bucking of royal norms, or are learning about them on the hit Netflix series — in which Margaret’s played by Vanessa Kirby in the first two seasons, and currently by Helena Bonham Carter in season’s three and four — there’s something about a royal who likes to ruffle the establishment’s feathers that appeals to every generation.

Princess Margaret died in 2002, so on what would have been her 90th birthday (August 21) we’re looking back on some fascinating facts about one of our favourite rebellious royal .

Princess Margaret was born on 21 August 1930 in Glamis Castle, Scotland, the first royal baby in succession to the throne to have been born in Scotland in more than 300 years. At the time of her birth, she was fourth in line through her father, Albert (Bertie). According to the Independent, the registration of Margaret’s birth was superstitiously delayed for several days to avoid her being number 13 in the parish register.

Princess Margaret: 5 Fascinating Facts About the Rebellious Royal on What Would Have Been Her 90th Birthday

Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret leaving Clarence House in London for Westminster Abbey on her wedding day — May 6, 1960. Photo: Central Press/Getty Images

The popularity of Netflix’s The Crown has resulted in a renewed interest in the Queen’s only sibling, Princess Margaret. And whether you lived through her romances and divorce and bucking of royal norms, or are learning about them on the hit Netflix series — in which Margaret’s played by Vanessa Kirby in the first two seasons, and currently by Helena Bonham Carter in season’s three and four — there’s something about a royal who likes to ruffle the establishment’s feathers that appeals to every generation.

Princess Margaret died in 2002, so on what would have been her 90th birthday (August 21) we’re looking back on some fascinating facts about one of our favourite rebellious royal .

 

The Luck of the Scottish

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Queen Elizabeth, Queen Consort to King George VI with Princesses Elizabeth (left) and baby Margaret Rose in 1930. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

 

Princess Margaret was born on 21 August 1930 in Glamis Castle, Scotland, the first royal baby in succession to the throne to have been born in Scotland in more than 300 years. At the time of her birth, she was fourth in line through her father, Albert (Bertie). According to the Independent, the registration of Margaret’s birth was superstitiously delayed for several days to avoid her being number 13 in the parish register.

 

Girl Guide for Life

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Princesses Elizabeth (left) and Margaret Rose as Girl Guides at Frogmore, Windsor, Berkshire, on June 30, 1942. Photo: Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images

 

Imagine buying Girl Guide cookies from a royal? Princess Margaret was a Brownie in the 1st Buckingham Palace Brownie Pack, formed in 1937. (My own troupe met in the gymnasium of my primary school but I’m sure it was pretty much the same experience). She graduated to Girl Guides and later became a Sea Ranger (and eventually Chief Ranger of The British Empire). Her dedication to the organization continued into adulthood with the princess serving as President of Girlguiding UK from 1965 until her death in 2002.

 

Splitting Up In the Spotlight

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Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, the future Lord Snowden, in the grounds of Royal Lodge after their engagement announcement. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

 

Divorce would play a recurring role in the life of Margaret Rose Windsor starting with her paternal uncle, King Edward VIII, who abdicated in 1936 in order to marry twice-divorced Wallis Simpson. This moved Margaret from fourth to second in line to the throne, after elder sister Elizabeth, when their father became king (George VI) in Edward’s stead.

Neither the Church of England nor the British Cabinet were looking any more kindly on royals marrying divorcées when, nearly 20 years later, Princess Margaret accepted a proposal from Group Captain Peter Townsend, a divorced gent 15 years her senior. The marriage was blocked by a very united church and state.

Divorce would ring the bell again with the dissolution of Margaret’s subsequent 18-year marriage to photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones — later made 1st Earl of Snowden — in 1978. It was the first divorce in the British Royal Family since Henry VIII and public reaction was frosty — especially as it was preceded by tabloid photos of the still-married princess and her lover, Roddy Llewellyn, in swimsuits together at her getaway on the island of Mustique.

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