The Crown by Robert Lacey

The Crown by Robert Lacey

Author:Robert Lacey [Lacey, Robert]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published: 2017-05-20T00:00:00+00:00

July 1953: Tabloid newspaper debate over the issues raised by the romance between Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend demolished the previous barriers of reticence in press coverage of the royal family.



Formerly Princess Margaret Rose,

later Countess of Snowdon


‘Already she is a public character,’ mused Chips Channon after observing the polished yet oddly subversive Princess Margaret, aged 18, parading in her fashionable best during Ascot week in 1949, ‘and I wonder what will happen to her? There is already a Marie Antoinette aroma about her.’ When told of the comment, the Princess appeared not to understand. ‘I wonder what he meant by that?’ she asked – disingenuously, surely, since every royal knows the cautionary tale of the wilful French Queen who played at being a shepherdess and ended up a victim of the guillotine. It was not difficult to see the parallel in the pleasure-loving Princess and her ‘Princess Margaret set’ who haunted London’s dance floors to the small hours of the morning in the 1940s and 1950s, while she privately set her heart on a marriage to a divorcee that flouted the canons of the established Church. ‘I am terrified of being bored’ was Marie Antoinette’s motto, and Margaret certainly seemed to practise that.


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