Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Margaret to announce engagement

August 19, 1950

Princess Margaret, who will celebrate her 20th birthday on August 21, is said to have a "birthday secret," according to an article in the Sunday Pictorial. 

The secret is expected to be an announcement of her engagement to the 26-year-old Earl of Dalkeith, heir to the Duke of Buccleuch.

The newspaper reports that many of Princess Margaret's friends "are certain she has a birthday secret.  They add it would have been announced already but for the birth of Princess Elizabeth's baby."

Princess Elizabeth gave birth to her second child, a daughter, on August 15.

The Pictorial features side-by-side photographs of the Princess and Lord Dalkeith.   The Duke of Buccleuch is the brother of the Duchess of Gloucester, who is married to King George VI's younger brother, Henry, the Duke of Gloucester. 

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