Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, was known for her defiant and rebellious spirit. Unlike her elder sister Queen Elizabeth II who was groomed to take over the throne and hence be more responsible, Princess Margaret believed in living life on her own terms. The story of her relationship with the military officer Peter Townsend was not only the talk of the town but also became a part of the famous Netflix series ‘The Crown.’
However, Princess Margaret did not marry him as the Church and the Palace did not approve of this relationship. Instead, she got married to a photographer named Antony Armstrong-Jones with whom she also had two children.
On her wedding, Princess Margaret wore the most expensive tiara in the history of Britain. Instead of borrowing one from the royal collection of the Queen like most of the royal brides, Princess Margaret decided to buy her own for £5,500 in 1959, which is the equivalent of £106,765 in 2019. This tiara was called the Poltimore Tiara after its original owner Florence Bampfylde, Lady Poltimore in 1870.
Princess Margaret bought it from an auction for sale. The huge tiara could be worn either as a tiara or as a necklace. It could also be broken down into eleven brooches. Princess Margaret wore this tiara wore an exclusive photoshoot in the bathtub by her photographer husband. An interesting fact is that she did not wait for her wedding day to wear the tiara for the first time. She wore it at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden during the May 1959 state visit from the Shah of Iran.
Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth
However, it is unfortunate that the same tiara was later sold by her children for more than one million pounds as they had to deal with a tax issue. Also, the marriage could not last for long and Princess Margaret became the first senior royal since Queen Victoria’s granddaughter to get divorced. Also, hers was the first royal marriage to be televised for the public.
Unlike what ‘The Crown’ suggests, Princess Margaret had a perfectly normal and healthy bond with her sister Queen Elizabeth II. She was her sister’s bridesmaid on her marriage to Prince Phillip in 1947. Queen Elizabeth II gifted her younger sister a 20 room apartment at Kensington Palace when she got married to Antony Armstrong-Jones. The sisters also had a direct telephone line from Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace so that they could frequently stay in touch.
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