Margaret Rose (1930–2002)

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Margaret Rose (1930–2002)

English royal princess. Name variations: Princess Margaret Rose; Margaret Windsor; Margaret Armstrong-Jones; countess of Snowdon. Born Aug 21, 1930, in Glamis Castle, Tayside, her mother's ancestral home in Scotland; died Feb 9, 2002; 2nd dau. of Albert Frederick Arthur George, 13th duke of York, later known as George VI, king of England (r. 1936–1952), and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (b. 1900); sister of Elizabeth II, queen of England (r. 1952–); educated privately by governesses and at a small school at Windsor Castle; m. Anthony Armstrong-Jones, earl of Snowdon (photographer), May 6, 1960 (div. 1978); children: David Armstrong-Jones (b. Nov 3, 1961), Viscount Linley; Sarah Armstrong-Jones (b. May 1, 1964).

At 21, fell in love with father's equerry, Group Captain Peter Townsend, a divorced man with whom marriage was out of the question; was forced to give him up; marriage in 1960 ended in a bitter divorce (1978), the 1st in the royal family since Henry VIII legally parted from Anne of Cleves.

See also Anne Edwards, Royal Sisters (Morrow, 1990); and Women in World History.

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