Princess Margaret title: Was the Queen’s sister the Princess Royal?


PRINCESS MARGARET was the Queen’s younger sister and an extremely popular royal. But was Princess Margaret ever the Princess Royal?

As the Queen’s sister and daughter of a monarch, Princess Margaret was one of the highest-ranking people in Britain. Known as Margot within her family, Princess Margaret was a popular and controversial figure throughout her life, treading a very different path to that of her sister, Queen Elizabeth.

Unfortunately, she did not qualify for the title, because it already belonged to someone else.

The title of Princess Royal is usually granted to the eldest daughter of the monarch, and it currently belongs to Princess Anne, the Queen’s only daughter.

The honour should have been then Princess Elizabeth’s to have her sister, but at the time of their father’s ascension, a Princess Royal was already named.

Queen Elizabeth Princess Margaret

Royal sisters: The two princesses were reportedly best friends growing up (Image: GETTY)

Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret: The Princess led a very different life to that of her sister the Queen (Image: GETTY)

King George V’s daughter Princess Mary was then the Princess Royal, and kept her royal title until her death in 1965 — 13 years into Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

The title would then have transferred to the Queen – but by then Princess Anne was born.

Princess Royal’s keep their title until they die, not until a new eldest daughter of the monarch is born, hence why Margaret missed out on the opportunity.

If Princess Anne is still alive when Prince William comes to the throne, she will retain the title and pass it on to Princess Charlotte when she dies.

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Princess Margaret: She married Anthony Armstrong Jones in 1960 (Image: GETTY)

However, Princess Margaret was still a well-titled royal despite missing out on Princess Royal.

Like most high-ranking royal children, Princess Margaret was born into a royal title.

Because her parents were the Duke and Duchess of York, Princess Margaret was Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret of York, when she was born.

However, her name changed a lot sooner than expected when her uncle abdicated in 1936.

Her father, King George VI ascended the throne when she was just six-years-old — which automatically prompted a new title.

When her father became King, he dropped his Dukedom, meaning his wife and daughter’s also dropped York from their addresses.

She then became Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret.

When she married Anthony Armstrong Jones in 1960, she did not receive another Royal title.

Royal family in 1940s

Princess Margaret: The Princess could have received the title but didn;t (Image: GETTY)

Instead, her title changed a year later, after her husband became the Earl of Snowdon.

For the rest of her life, she was Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

She later divorced her husband in 1978.

Princess Margaret died on February 9, 2002, after a stroke, aged 71, seven weeks before her mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Princess Margaret’s funeral was held in private in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on the 50th anniversary of her father’s funeral on February 15.

In a break from tradition, Princess Margaret asked to be cremated in a private ceremony with no members of the family present.


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