Friday, October 23, 2009

Margaret at castle with Queen

October 23, 1955

Princess Margaret spent today at Windsor Castle with her sister, Queen Elizabeth II and brother-in-law, the Duke of Edinburgh. The princess did not meet with Group Captain Peter Townsend. This was only the second time in eleven days that princess has not met with the 40-year-old divorced man, who many believe will marry Princess Margaret.
Princess Margaret left the castle once today to attend church services with her sister and brother-in-law. Group Captain Townsend has remained at his London residence.
The public discussion of the Princess's romance continues. The popular view is that Margaret "should be permitted to marry anyone she chooses."
But a commentator in the Observer wrote that if Margaret chooses to marry Townsend, she should renounce her "royal rights and privileges, including the right of succession to the throne." Noting that Queen Elizabeth II is head of the Church of England, the writer said that it would be "improper" for Princess Margaret to enter into a marriage that would not be recognized by the Church of England.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I understand that Elizabeth and Philip were very sympathetic to Margaret's situation.

Elizabeth as Queen (and still a very young person herself at that time) was very much influenced by the "Establishment" at the time.

It was a very sad time for both sisters.

Sincerely, Keith.