Regent secrets revealed in London

LONDON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has changed the law so that her sister, Princess Margaret, would not become regent if she died, it was revealed Sunday. The royal news was released along with documents that have been hidden for more than 50 years, the Sunday

Royal pretender called delusional

LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- A British judge called an accountant's claim to be the illegitimate son of Princess Margaret and Group Capt. Peter Townsend "an insane delusion."

Royal family attends Easter services

LONDON, April 8 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, along with other members of the royal family, attended Windsor Castle's Easter Sunday service in London.

Royals in court against 'secret son'

LONDON, March 27 (UPI) -- Lawyers for the British royal family went to court to block the effort of a man who says he's Princess Margaret's illegitimate son to see her will.

Australia develops bird flu vaccine

PERTH, Australia, March 8 (UPI) -- Australian scientists report promising results from their trial of a vaccine to protect humans against the bird flu virus.

Court may decide man's royal legitimacy

LONDON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A British court may likely prove the decisive judge of whether accountant Robert Brown is indeed the illegitimate son of Princess Margaret.

More lab tests needed on Anna Nicole's son

NASSAU, Bahamas, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Noted pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht said more lab tests are needed to determine why Anna Nicole Smith's son died in her Nassau, Bahamas, hospital room. Wecht, who has reviewed several high-profile deaths, was hired by the former Playboy Playmate for a secon

Nude Princess Margaret part of photo sale

WESTMINSTER, England, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A collection of 70 photographs scheduled for sale this week in Britain contains a 44-year-old photo of Princess Margaret nude in a Kensington Palace bathtub.

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Princess Margaret's earrings re-auctioned

LONDON, July 2 (UPI) -- Emerald and diamond earrings once worn by Britain's Princess Margaret are available for sale on e-Bay to the highest bidder.

Princess Margaret auction makes a profit

LONDON, June 14 (UPI) -- It was clear early on that the auction of Princess Margaret's effects would make more than its estimated $5.5 million and it, in fact, tripled that figure.

Princess Margaret's jewels being auctioned

LONDON, June 13 (UPI) -- The late Princess Margaret's jewels are expected to bring in 3 million pounds ($5.5 million) at a London auction, it was reported Tuesday.

Princess Margaret's jewels to be auctioned

LONDON, May 3 (UPI) -- More than 90 pieces of jewelry that belonged to the late Princess Margaret will be auctioned off in London to help pay her son's inheritance tax.

Princess Margaret portrayal sparks furor

LONDON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A controversial drama is set to air on Britain's Channel Four that portrays Princess Margaret as a promiscuous drug-user and alcoholic.
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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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