The day that Queen Elizabeth’s sister Princess Margaret died
- Princess Margaret died on February 9 at King Edward VII’s Hospital, aged 71
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When it was confirmed to Princess Margaret that her elder sister would some day be Queen, her response was considered one of sympathy – verging on disdain.
‘Poor you!’ she famously replied to ten-year-old Elizabeth.
For a lot of her life, Margaret did her finest to dwell at putting and typically alarming variance with the instance set by the dutiful first-born.
As Craig Brown places it in his biography, Ma’am Darling, 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret, it was as if the fag-smoking, scandal-hit youthful sister was decided to be a type of anti-Queen.
Princess Margaret continued to attend royal engagements to the most effective of her talents in her last years regardless of affected by poor well being
Princess Margaret’s two youngsters, Lady Sarah Chatto and Lord David Linley, pictured with their respective companion as they watch their mom’s coffin depart the funeral service for cremation on February 15, 2002
She handed away on February 9, 2002, at The King Edward VII Hospital, having suffered from a stroke which led to cardiac issues in the course of the evening
Yet the sisters have been shut, certainly spoke to one another day-after-day when attainable till Margaret handed away on Feburary 9 2002 on the age of 71.
While Elizabeth busied herself with countless duties, together with purple bins of papers within the evenings, Margaret – 4 years youthful – had emerged as probably the most glamorous figures in post-war Britain.
A patron of the humanities, ballet specifically, she was additionally identified for late nights, singing, dancing and a romantic life which introduced a lot heartache.
Her love for – and secret engagement to – the battle ace Group Captain Peter Townsend was thwarted by conference. Townsend, significantly older, was additionally married.
The Princess’s marriage to photographer Tony Armstrong-Jones, one other totem of ’60s glamour, led to acrimony and the primary royal divorce since Henry VIII.
While not fairly matching their mom’s spectacular 101 years, Elizabeth lived a protracted and wholesome life properly into her 90s, passing away in September 2022 on the age of 96.
But Margaret’s well being declined as time glided by, struggling the removing of part of her left lung in 1985, a stroke in 1988, and the scalding of her toes in a rest room accident which left her in a wheelchair.
Margaret’s last public look was on the a hundredth birthday celebrations of HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester in December 2001.
The Princess handed away on February 9 after a stroke which led to cardiac issues within the evening.
Her youngsters, David and Sarah – a favorite of their aunt Elizabeth – have been by her bedside .
The Queen issued a public assertion, which learn: ‘The Queen, with nice unhappiness, has requested for the next announcement to be made instantly.
‘Her beloved sister, Princess Margaret, died peacefully in her sleep this morning at 6.30am, in The King Edward VII Hospital.
‘Princess Margaret suffered an additional stroke yesterday afternoon.
‘She developed cardiac issues in the course of the evening and was taken from Kensington Palace to The King Edward VII Hospital at 2.30am Lord Linley and Lady Sarah have been together with her, and The Queen was saved totally knowledgeable all through the evening.
‘Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and different members of the Royal Family are being knowledgeable.’
Charles, Prince of Wales, paid tribute to his ‘darling aunt’ in a transferring tv broadcast the day after the announcement.
Lady Sarah Chatto, Lord Linley and Queen Elizabeth attending Princess Margret’s funeral at St George’s Chapel
Margaret’s coffin leaving King Edward Vll’s Hospital to a ready hearse on February 9, 2002
Choir boys are pictured strolling out of the Queen’s Chapel following the Princess’ passing
At the time, he stated: ‘My darling aunt had such a dreadful time the previous couple of years together with her terrible sickness.
‘It was exhausting for her to take care of, notably as she was such a splendidly vibrant lady with such a free spirit. She lived life and cherished it to the complete and for that we are going to at all times bear in mind her.’
Private memorial providers have been held at St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham and Glamis Castle, ancestral residence to the Queen Mother, who would be part of her youthful daughter in dying the next month.
Margaret’s coffin, draped in Margaret’s private commonplace, was taken from Kensington Palace to St James’s Palace earlier than her funeral.
The service was saved very personal and was solely attended by about 450 household and buddies, which included 30 members of the Royal Family, such because the Queen, Margaret’s ex-husband Lord Snowdon, and her two youngsters.
Most of her household have chosen to be buried, however Princess Margaret was cremated at Slough Crematorium.
Margaret’s coffin was taken from Kensington Palace to St James’s Palace earlier than her funeral
Margaret did not need to be buried as she hoped to be reunited together with her ‘papa’ upon her dying
This is claimed to have been decided by her want to be reunited together with her ‘papa’.
A conventional burial would have meant interment the royal burial floor at Frogmore in Windsor (the place Queen Victoria and Prince Albert lie) as there was no room out there within the St George’s crypt.
Today, her ashes stay within the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel, alongside the tombs of her mom and father.
A state memorial service was held at Westminster Abbey in April 2002.