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Old 05-29-2009, 08:24 PM
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I know the Queen Mother was looking for a project, and having this derelict castle to fix up gave her an excuse to absent herself. It does make sense, though, that if you're depressed you'd look for something to immerse yourself in.
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:36 AM
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The Queen Mother purchased the Castle of Mey in 1952. Hope this link works. The Castle of Mey | History
I don´t know where I got the idea that it was a later acquisition, thank you for correcting me.
It was a very interesting project for her whatever her motives,a very beautiful place.
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Old 05-31-2009, 08:19 PM
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Yes, I do agree, Wisteria. It's a lovely thing to have left to the nation, to be enjoyed by all. (I don't have a problem with her motives; I think it's a perfectly understandable reaction to unhappiness; if only I could afford to fix up a castle!)
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Old 05-31-2009, 08:45 PM
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That is surprising. One would think that Princess Margaret,who could be unbelievably royal, would show more respect to the woman who was a Queen Consort as well as her mother.
The article of Vanity Fair issue of February 2009 was an excerpt from a book written by Anne de Courcy on Snowdon. The whole artice is available on line from Vanity Fair. Unfortunately I do not know how to move it here.
Unfortunately Princess Margaret did not always behave very royally.
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:24 AM
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Here is the link to the Vanity Fair excerpt on Princess Margaret:
Excerpt: The Princess and the Photographer | vanityfair.com

Regarding the relationship between Margaret and her mother, there is this:

...Then came lunch, with the Queen Mother and members of the household.
With them she was not always popular, in part because of her frequent rudeness to her mother. “Why do you dress in those ridiculous clothes?” she would ask, and she would become furious that drinks before lunch (notorious for their potency) would sometimes go on for an hour. The television set at Royal Lodge was another cause of trouble: Princess Margaret would simply switch it to another channel without a word if she did not like what the Queen Mother was watching. Yet the Queen Mother never lost her temper. Only by her hands could those who had served her for a long time tell that she was annoyed. “It was the way she moved a book, a piece of furniture, or a glass,” recalled her page William Tallon.
Margaret was equally inconsiderate to her mother’s staff...
It was a perversity that can perhaps be explained by the fact that—unlike the Queen Mother and the Queen, who had successively been the first lady in the land—Margaret, always number two, was determined to insist on her royal status.
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:28 AM
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I made the following post in the Princess Anne forum but Iowabelle kindly informed me it was more likely to be Princess Margaret, can anyone help?
Yes, it was Princess Margaret, and not princess Anne, who take her children to the art gallery to see only one picture.
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:50 PM
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Interesting quote, Warren, am wondering if she acted that way because she didn't get Townsend??
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:02 PM
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That's true. It's too bad, because she certainly looked like everyone's idea of a princess when she was a young woman.

MAJESTY's May edition had an article about Princess Margaret's tour of Europe when she was a very young woman. She looked like a princess in a movie.

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Old 06-05-2009, 08:56 AM
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Princess Margaret was a beautiful lady and in different times she could have been very happy. Who can say if it was the fact that she was the second daughter or the fact that Townsend was divorced or she was spoilt or unlucky or lived 50 years too early?
I agree Mermaid that she looked the part and officially she played her role to perfection.
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Please,look 100`s of original photos,which shows Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth in 1950`s at Images of Queen Elisabeth and Princess Margaret
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Basil Charles, the man they call The King of Mustique, is the godfather of the glitterati. For the past 30 years, celebrities ranging from Prince William to Amy Winehouse, Mick Jagger to Kate Moss, the late Princess Margaret to the Beckhams have knocked back a cocktail at his beachside ba
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With each year that has passed since Princess Margaret's death, Lord Glenconner believes the stories of her holidays on the Caribbean island of Mustique have become more scandalously louche

Lord Glenconner says it's time to let Princess Margaret rest in peace - Telegraph
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Old 09-12-2009, 03:30 PM
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That's true. It's too bad, because she certainly looked like everyone's idea of a princess when she was a young woman.

MAJESTY's May edition had an article about Princess Margaret's tour of Europe when she was a very young woman. She looked like a princess in a movie.
Think about The Roman Holidays with Audrey Hepburn. The story was reportedly based on the real-life Italian adventures of Princes Margaret.
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:03 AM
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Margaret-Townsend


From the above links...

Princess Margaret's decision not to marry Group Captain Peter Townsend, a divorcee, has always been thought to have been made under pressure and opposition from the Queen, the court and senior members within the Church of England.

But now a newly discovered letter from the Princess turns the story on its head, revealing that she was "uncertain" of her love for Townsend, despite their long-term affair. Far from being forced to act, the Princess's letter to Anthony Eden, the then prime minister, shows that she was determined to take the decision herself of whether to marry Townsend or not.

The letter also makes clear that Princess Margaret was aware that the government was paving the way for a marriage if she and Townsend wanted it. In addition, and no less important, the latest papers confirm that had the couple married, the Princess would have been required to surrender nothing more than her right of succession to the throne. She would have retained her style and rank of Royal Highness together with her Civil List annuity. That may at last put to rest the often-voiced but mistaken opinion that she chose to put the privileges of being a royal princess before everything else.

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There was no legal impediment stopping Princess Margaret from marrying Peter Townsend and under the terms of the Act of Settlement she would not have lost her place in the Line of Succession. Therefore it's curious that the government would insist on her displacement which could only be achieved by an Act of Parliament depriving her of her rights.
Given that at the time the Queen had two direct successors in Charles and Anne (making Margaret third in line) the proposition seems somewhat extreme and heavy-handed.
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However, considering that less than 20 years earlier a King had been forced by the government to renouce his crown due to wanting to marry a divorcee the government couldn't do any less to Margaret than deny her that same right, otherwise the entire reason for the Abdication falls on its head and that ex-King was still alive and well at the time. The government knew that to not pass such an Act would leave it open to all sorts of criticism as well as having to admit that their was more to the reasons for removing Edward VIII than that he wanted to marry a divorcee.
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I wonder if parallels will be drawn between William (Queen) and Harry (Margaret) as they grow older, and the difficult choices they will have to make in relationships and the monarchy's infulence on those choices? No 1 & No 2 always seem to be food for thought.....
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I read something a few years ago (probably mentioned in these forums) that supports this theory, that Margaret and Townsend's relationship was not the "great love" Townsend described. It might have been an extended teenage crush that lingered because of George VI's early death.
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Some of the above information is new to me. Whatever its merits and authenticity what speaks volumes from the past is the perfidious nature of the British ruling elites, then as now. All I know personally about Princess Margaret is that, despite her ascerbic reputation, she was a deeply religious woman who really did carry out quiet good works. Sad she may have been in later life, but never bitter.
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