Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The wedding of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones, was the first ever royal wedding to be televised. What an appropriate royal family member to bring the British royalty into the lime-light of the camera lens. Princess Margaret, before and after her marriage led an exciting life and counted many celebrities as close friends. The princess was famous for many bits of scandal along the way, but as one article concerning her funeral in 2002 stated... "she was always royal." The princess and her husband, The Earl of Snowdon were eventually divorced after 18 years of marriage. The first divorce of a major royal family member. In fact, divorce and the shame that was associated with it was the reason that the princess's first love did not end in marriage as the man she loved was previously married, with two children from that first marriage. Princess Margaret led an exciting and sometimes daring life. But, in the end, she pre-deceased her mother, The Queen Mother, by six weeks. Many illness including several strokes ended her life at the age of 72 in 2002. Reportedly, the Queen was overcome by grief and publicly wept for the loss of her beloved sister, something the Queen just doesn't do... publicly display grief. I can understand her not holding back on this occasion, loosing a sibling must be terribly difficult.
The picture above is of Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon, just after their wedding. They, like so many royal couples before them, and a few after them, took to the balcony at the front of Buckingham Palace to greet the well wishes below.
Royal Wedding tidbit of the day... one her wedding day, Princess Margaret arrived at Westminster Abbey in the Glass Coach, the same coach that her sister, Queen Elizabeth, used to arrive at the abbey for her wedding to Prince Phillip in November of 1947.
Photo Credit: The Wedding of Princess Margaret, " Royal Family AlbumFrom The Days of Queen Victoria", 1960, Pitkin Pictorials Ltd.