Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Princess Margaret visits Archbishop

October 27, 1955

Princess Margaret visited Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, the Archbishop of Canterbury today at his residence, Lambeth Palace, according to the New York Times. The Princess "had gone to Lambeth Palace at her own request" to seek guidance in deciding to marry Group Captain Peter Townsend, a divorced man with two sons.
The Princess, who is Queen Elizabeth II's younger sister, and is third in line to the throne, spent about hour in private with the Archbishop.
The Archbishop's chaplain said later: "I cannot give any information about it."

Group Captain Townsend called on the Princess before lunch at Clarence House. He returned after the Princess' visit to Lambeth Palace, and left two hours later.
Group Captain Townsend divorced his wife, Rosemary, on the grounds of adultery in 1952. She is now married to John de Laszlo, a British national.
The Church Times, which reflects the views of the Church of England, has an editorial regarding Princess Margaret's situation. "Until such time as an official statement may be issued on the Princess' future, we regard the comment as unwarranted."

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