“Cinderella In Reverse”


Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret was born to the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England. At her birth she was 4th in line to the British throne. Her only sibling, Princess Elizabeth, became queen in 1952. A relationship to war hero, Group Captain Peter Townsend, nearly led to a constitutional crisis. Their separation was international intrigue for many years. She eventually married promiscuous society photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, with whom she had two children. The tumultuous marriage, punctuated by infidelities on both parts, ended in the first royal divorce in 400 years. As a hospital administrator, in 1980 René opened the famous Princess Margaret Hospital in Windsor, UK. Through this endeavor he became friends with her. After several strokes due to excessive smoking, drinking and partying, Princess Margaret died at age 71 in 2002.

(This presentation is about 45-50 minutes)

Margaret glamour shot

A glamorous Princess Margaret

Margaret on honeymoon

Margaret and husband Antony Armstrong-Jones on honeymoon, 1960

Margaret and Elizabeth Taylor

Margaret and Elizabeth Taylor, circa 1965

Margaret in bathtub

Margaret’s famous bathtub photo wearing the Poltimore tiara, 1965

Margaret in wheelchair

Margaret after her ankles got scorched by hot water, 1999