How Did Princess Margaret Die? The Depressing End to an Unconventional Royal Life

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The second season of Netflix’s hit collection The Crown has shed numerous mild on Queen Elizabeth II’s hapless youthful sister, Princess Margaret. From her dramatic love life and nude photograph scandal to her penchant for consuming and smoking, it has been made abundantly clear what most royal household aficionados knew all alongside: Margaret was by no means meant to mix in. She was all the time going to face out.

Margaret was all the things you’d anticipate a spare inheritor to be; very similar to Prince Harry and Princess Charlotte after her, she was irresistibly charming, consideration-looking for, extroverted, and rather more rebellious than her older sister — in any case, should you do not bear the direct duty of someday taking the throne, you have got much less strain placed on you to be good. Margaret was solely 22 when her sister turned queen, and whereas her duties principally consisted of representing the household on royal excursions of Jamaica, Japan, Australia, and the US, she additionally had a vested curiosity in welfare charities, music, and the ballet.

After failed engagements, one divorce, two youngsters, and a handful of extramarital affairs, Princess Margaret’s royal status wasn’t one to be desired. All through her later life, her well being started to severely decline and the glamorous jet-set way of life she was recognized for pale away; a cigarette smoker since 15, Margaret had a part of her left lung eliminated in 1985 (an operation just like the one her father, King George VI, underwent three many years earlier) — and although she was capable of kick the behavior some years later, she continued to drink closely. The ’90s introduced a bout with pneumonia, a light stroke, and a toilet incident — throughout which her ft have been burned from scalding-scorching bathwater — that resulted in lack of mobility to her ft.

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By the early 2000s, Margaret wanted assist strolling (and would typically use a wheelchair), and in January and March 2001, she suffered extra strokes that inhibited her imaginative and prescient and paralyzed her left aspect. By the top of that yr, Margaret would make solely two official public appearances; one in August for the one hundred and first party of the Queen Mom and one in December to rejoice her aunt Princess Alice’s one centesimal birthday.

Margaret was the whole lot you’d anticipate a spare inheritor to be; she was irresistibly charming, consideration-looking for, extroverted, and far more rebellious than her older sister.

On Feb. 9, 2002, Princess Margaret died on the King Edward VII Hospital in London after struggling one other stroke. She was seventy one. Her sister, Queen Elizabeth II, introduced the information “with nice unhappiness” in a press release from Buckingham Palace. A personal service for household and associates was held six days later, on the fiftieth anniversary of her beloved father’s personal funeral. Margaret was cremated — a rarity for royals — and her ashes have been positioned within the tomb together with her mother and father, King George VI and the Queen Mom (her mom died simply seven weeks after Margaret), at Windsor Fort. In April 2002, a state memorial service was held for Margaret at Westminster Abbey. And just like the unconventional badass that she was, Margaret even wrote her personal epitaph, which was carved on a memorial stone.

We thank thee Lord who by thy spirit doth our religion restore
Once we with worldly issues commune & prayerless shut our door
We lose our valuable present divine to worship and adore
Then thou our Saviour, fill our hearts to like thee evermore

So far as her legacy goes, royal biographers have posited that Margaret paved the best way for future family members to return out on the opposite aspect after divorce. With out her public cut up from Earl of Snowdon in 1978 — and bearing the brunt of dangerous press and criticism that got here with it — it might not have been as straightforward for her niece, Princess Anne, and nephews Charles and Andrew to undergo with their very own divorces (from Captain Mark Phillips, Princess Diana, and Sarah, Duchess of York, respectively).

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