Expensive palace upgrade for Prince William, Kate Middleton, and son

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LONDON, June 26 (UPI) --A wing of Kensington Palace underwent extensive upgrades to prepare for its current residents: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son, Prince George.
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HONG KONG, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- At least 12 people were injured on a Cathay Pacific flight en route from San Francisco to Hong Kong after the plane hit strong turbulence, passengers said.

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The Rev. Ian Paisley, the Protestant firebrand turned politician, now says Catholics were treated unfairly in Northern Ireland in the 1960s.
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Wreck of chopper from 2004 crash found

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Queen's Christmas getaway by public train

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Canada cracks down on cancer cure scams

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Hearing ordered on royal family will

LONDON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A British court ruled Friday the self-proclaimed illegitimate son of Princess Margaret could argue to have a look at her will, the Daily Telegraph said.
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Princess Margaret
Photographer Antony Amstrong-Jones and Princess Margaret wave to the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham palace after their wedding here on May 6, 1960. Looking in awe at left is one of the ceremony's bridesmaids. (UPI Photo/Files)

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (Margaret Rose; 21 August 1930 – 9 February 2002) was the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II and the younger daughter of King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth.

Margaret spent much of her childhood years in the company of her older sister and parents. Her life changed dramatically in 1936, when her paternal uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated to marry the divorced American Wallis Simpson. Margaret's father became King in Edward's place, and her older sister became heiress presumptive with Margaret second in line to the throne. During World War II, the two sisters stayed at Windsor Castle, despite government pressure to evacuate to Canada. During the war years, Margaret was not expected to perform any public or official duties, and instead continued her education. After the war, she fell in love with a divorced older man, Group Captain Peter Townsend, her father's equerry. Her father died at around the same time, and her sister became Queen. Many in the government felt that Townsend was an unsuitable husband for the Queen's sister, and the Church of England refused to countenance the marriage. Under pressure, Margaret chose to abandon her plans, and instead accepted the proposal of the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was created Earl of Snowdon by Elizabeth II. The marriage, despite an auspicious start, soon became unhappy; the couple divorced in 1978.

Margaret was often viewed as a controversial member of the Royal Family. Her divorce earned her negative publicity, and she was romantically linked with several men. Her health gradually deteriorated in the final two decades of her life; a heavy smoker all her adult life, she had a lung operation in 1985, a bout of pneumonia in 1993, and at least three strokes between 1998 and 2001. Margaret died at King Edward VII Hospital, London on 9 February 2002. After a private funeral, her body was cremated. Two months later, after the death of her mother, Margaret's ashes were interred beside the bodies of her parents in the George VI Memorial Chapel at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

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