Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Margaret dines with Townsend

October 20, 1955

Princess Margaret, 25, dined with Group Captain Peter Townsend tonight at the home of Maj. Mrs. John Lycett Willis on Kinnerton Street in Knightsbridge. Mrs. Willis is the Princess' cousin.
The Princess arrived in a chauffeur-driven limousine at 6:30 p.m. She was accompanied by a detective. Townsend arrived about ten minutes later.
The New York Times reports "as the door opened later to let other guests, in, peals of laughter echoed from inside the small house."
The Daily Telegraph, a pro-royalist newspaper, has severely criticized the Palace for not giving any guidance on Princess Margaret's purported romance with a divorced man. In an editorial entitled "A Damaging Silence," the newspaper noted that the increasing speculation was causing a lost of dignity for the royal family. "The longer any element of mystery is allowed to linger in this affair, the more deplorable the publicity is likely to become."

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