Princess Margaret Rose Windsor, Countess of Snowdon (Glamis CastleScotland1930 - August 21, London9 February 2002) was the second daughter and second child of the then Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) and the sister of the later Queen Elizabeth II.


Margaret Rose was born on August 21, 1930 in Glamis Castle in Scotland. From its birth the title her Royal Highness, Margaret immediately got this because they have a granddaughter was by the then British King. When she was born, she was fourth in line to the throne right away. She was born in Scotland, the last member of the British Royal family that was born in Scotland was King Charles I of England. Her father was Prince Albert, the Duke of York, later King George VI of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India. Her mother was Princess Elizabeth, the Duchess of York, born as Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, a daughter of Claude Bowes-Lyon and Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck. Elizabeth was the ninth child in a family of ten.

Actually wanted to give her mother the name Ann Margaret to her second daughter. She found Ann a fancy name and found Ann of York are beautiful. Also she found Elizabeth and Ann pleasant sound. The then King did not agree with the choice. He agreed with the names Margaret Rose. Four years before her birth was her older sister born: Elizabeth (1926).

She was christened on 30 October 1930 in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace by Cosmo Lang, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Her godparents were: Edward, the Prince of Wales (he was represented by Prince George, Duke of Kent), Crown Princess Ingrid of Denmark, a first cousin of her father (she was represented by Lady Patricia Ramsay) her father, an aunt of Princess Victoria Alexandra, her maternal aunt Lady Rose Leveson-Gower, Countess Granville, and her maternal uncle David Bowes-Lyon.

In the 1950s she had a relationship with RAFpilot Peter Townsend. Because Townsend was divorced, Princess Margaret was not allowed to marry him.

On 6 may 1960 she married the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones. However, she decided to marry him on the day they got a letter by Peter Townsend, in which he told her about his own wedding plans. Armstrong-Jones was given just before the birth of the first child of the couple the title Lord Snowdon.

In 1977, the marriage of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon was dissolved. The couple had two children:

  • David, Viscount Linley (born 3 november 1961), married Serena Stanhope.
The couple has two children: son Charles (1 July 1999) and daughter Margarita (14 May 2002).
  • Sarah, Lady Armstrong-Jones (born 1 May 1964), married to Daniel Chatto.
The couple has two sons Samuel (28 July 1996) and Arthur (5 February 1999).

Princess Margaret died on 9 February 2002. She struggled for years with poor health.

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