Princess Margaret’s Life In Pictures

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While Princess Margaret is no longer with us, her memory stays alive through photographs and, of course, The Crown, Netflix’s hit drama series about the British royals. In season four, which premieres on November 15, Helena Bonham-Carter will continue her tenure playing the late princess. Known as the fun-loving member of the royal family, Princess Margaret spent her life in the spotlight alongside her sister, Queen Elizabeth II. As you prepare for the season four premiere, take a peek at the glamorous life of Princess Margaret, from her royal childhood to her controversial romance with Peter Townsend to her marriage to the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones.

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A portrait of the Duchess of York (the future Queen Mother) with her daughter Princess Margaret Rose.

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Princess Elizabeth riding her new tricycle in the park with her sister in the pram and nanny.

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The future Queen Elizabeth II, age six, hugs her younger sister Princess Margaret, age two.

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The future King and Queen with their daughters, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, watch a parade of Boy Scouts at Windsor castle in Berkshire.

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Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret.

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The royal family in the 1930s.

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Princess Margaret is held by her grandmother Queen Mary on the balcony of Buckingham palace.

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Royal sisters Elizabeth and Margaret play with the family dog in the garden.

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King George V and Queen Elizabeth on their Coronation Day alongside Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret.

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Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret visit the penguins at the London Zoo.

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A picture of the princess after her first ride on the London Underground.

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Princess Margaret plays the piano at the Royal Lodge.

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The sisters picking daffodils in the grounds of the Royal Lodge.

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Princess Margaret reads on the sofa at Windsor Castle with Jane the family corgi.

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Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth painting in the school room of Buckingham Palace.

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Princess Margaret and her father on horseback.

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Queen Elizabeth and her daughters pose in the gardens of Windsor Castle.

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Princess Margaret plays the role as Cinderella and Princess Elizabeth as Prince Charming for a pantomime at Windsor Castle.

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Princess Margaret in her girl guide uniform in Frogmore, Windsor, England.

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The royal family at Buckingham Palace.

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Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret riding bicycles.

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Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth arrive at Windsor great park in England for a tree planting ceremony commemorating the work done by the British Agriculture fort the Red Cross.

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A photo of the royal family taken in July.

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Princess Margaret in Buckingham Palace.

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In the late 1940s in London.

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The royal family in November.

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Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret take a walk.

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