Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2019

Princess Margaret heartbreak: The painful request Queen made of Margaret as she found love | Royal | News

Princess Margaret was prevented from marrying her first love, divorcee Peter Townsend by the Palace. As the head of the Church of England,  Queen Elizabeth II at that time could not permit her sister to marry someone who had been divorced, while his first wife was still living. Margaret was pressured to end her relationship with Mr Townsend and finally announced their separation in 1955.

Two years and another failed engagement later Margaret finally found love again with photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones.

Mr Armstrong-Jones, who became Lord Snowdon after their marriage, swept Margaret off her feet at a dinner party in Chelsea in 1958.

By Christmas that year the pair had decided to marry and Margaret went to the Queen to announce their intentions.

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While Queen Elizabeth II was happy for her sister and supported the engagement she is reported to have made this heart-wrenching request.

Margaret had waited for years to find love and now a royal wedding was finally in her sights, but she was asked to delay the announcement.

The reason for the reported delay was that the Queen was pregnant with Prince Andrew.

Royal etiquette seemed to dictate that Princess Margaret must wait until after Prince Andrew’s birth to announce her big news.

This decision may have been informed by courtiers’ fears that news of Margaret’s engagement may overshadow the Queen’s pregnancy.

While this has never been confirmed by the Palace, Margaret and Anthony’s engagement was finally confirmed by Clarence House in February 1960 – just one week after Prince Andrew was born.

The engagement statement read: “It is with the greatest pleasure that Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother announces the betrothal of her beloved daughter, The Princess Margaret, to Mr Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, son of Mr R. O. L. Armstrong-Jones, Queen’s Counsel, and the Countess of Rosse, to which union the Queen has gladly given her consent.”

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Margaret and Armstrong-Jones finally tied the knot with a lavish Westminster Abbey ceremony on May 6, 1960.

While Margaret believed she had found true love with Lord Snowdon their marriage was not to last.

They had two children together David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (born 1961) and Lady Sarah Chatto (1964) and divorced in 1978.

Their marriage broke down amid speculation Margaret was having an affair with Roddy Llewellyn, who was 17 years her junior.

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