A spokesman said: "The Prince of Wales is deeply saddened by the death of Princess Margaret. She always maintained close links with the program and later served as president and chairman of the Council of the Girl Guides Association. Two days later, the Snowdons announced their separation, providing the press coverage with some sort of a result and another precedent. But, mindful of the Church's teaching that Christian marriage is indissoluble, and conscious of my duty to the Commonwealth, I have decided to put these considerations before any others. It was at this time that she fell in love with Group Captain Peter Townsend, who had been her father's equerry. . A poll in the Daily Mirror had 95 % in favour of the marriage. Light was being let in on the magic, and it was not kind. In 1948, once the princess had become 18, the age at which upper class girls "came out", she began her royal work with 50 official engagements. Princess Margaret's life became lower profile in her later years. But, as she entered her 60s, her health began a decline mostly blamed on a heavy and lengthy consumption of alcohol and nicotine. The 101-year-old Queen Mother, who is recovering from a persistent cold, stayed at Sandringham, where she was said to be "deeply saddened.". These included "Johnny" Dalkeith and "Sunny" Blandford, heirs to the Buccleuch and Marlborough fortunes and estates respectively; ideal, conventional husbands for a princess. To which the princess and her life provided an uncompromising, unrelenting and increasingly unfashionable response: the point of a princess is to be a princess. Willie Hamilton, the Labour MP, worked out that the princess had drawn £14,000 from the civil list during a time when she had carried out only eight public engagements. ", Prime Minister Tony Blair said: "I'm deeply saddened to hear of the death of Princess Margaret. The Queen, in an impossible position, seems to have opted to offer no advice. Whatever, and for whatever reason, the nation was united in its sympathy for the decision, which, in direct contrast to 1936, seemed to put duty before self. Prince Charles also was said to be "deeply saddened" by the news, as were his sons Princes William and Harry. The death of King George VI on February 6 1952 affected the 22-year-old princess deeply. With hindsight, it is now possible to see the entire episode as a benchmark both for media coverage and for the later behaviour of younger members of the royal family. Not even the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, concentrated quite so many questions about the role and style of the royal family as that of Margaret Rose, second daughter of George VI, only sibling of Elizabeth II; for while both were creatures of their time, Margaret lived beyond hers into a more critical, ever less deferential era; and her life, above all, posed that essential question which Diana, in her own way, was trying to answer: what, exactly, is a princess for? Princess Margaret Death . Princess Margaret was the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and sister to The Queen. “Her beloved sister, Princess Margaret, died peacefully in her sleep this morning at 6.30am, in The King Edward VII Hospital. "Her decision, which has plainly been come to after subtle pressure, will be regarded by great masses of people as unnecessary and perhaps a great waste. Though considered a sombre commemoration because it marks the death of the king 50 years ago, a Jubilee is often celebrated with street parties and well-wishers. Margaret suffered at least two strokes in recent years. Chips Channon, as he would, affected to detect "A Marie- Antoinette aroma" about her. Her late troubles met with even less sympathy from commentators. But it was not to be long before more modern concerns began to press in. She developed cardiac problems during the night and was taken from Kensington Palace to The King Edward VII Hospital at 2.30am. In 1973, with their marriage all but over, Princess Margaret met Roddy Llewellyn, son of the well known horseman, Sir Harry Llewellyn, and 17 years her junior. “Her children, Lord Linley and Lady Sarah Chatto, were at her side. During it and thereafter, the princess continued to expect the treatment from friends and hosts that had earned her the sobriquet, "the house guest from hell", prickly on protocol, while taking little trouble in public to conceal boredom, capable of walking away in the middle of a conversation, or of conducting official engagements glumly and in haste. As part of the Jubilee, the queen had planned to begin a trip to Jamaica, New Zealand and Australia on February 18. In the '60s and '70s, Margaret became somewhat of a jet-setter, attending parties and becoming a heavy smoker and drinker. It was said, too, that her relationship with Sellers had involved more than platonic posing.In 1996, a biography of the Queen claimed that the princess had tried to commitsuicide in 1974, during the break-up of her marriage. The Church of England was thought to be solidly against the match. https://www.theguardian.com/.../feb/11/guardianobituaries.princessmargaret On Saturday her ex-husband said: "Both Lord Linley and Lady Sarah are in close touch and informed me about the Princess's death early this morning. On October 31, the princess issued a famous communique: "I would like it to be known that I have decided not to marry Group Captain Peter Townsend. You have done more to bring shame on the family than could ever have been imagined.". Palace sources said they thought the funeral would be held Thursday or Friday, more likely on Friday. The little princess and her elder sister were a magnet for the burgeoning and energetic popular press. The couple had told the Queen of their desire to marry in the spring of 1953. Other key "saids" concerned King George's attitude towards his younger daughter. The inability of the age to understand that the princess's decision might - indeed must- have been more complicated than a straight choice between love and duty, shows how deep-rooted Lord Charteris's concept of royalty as soap opera had become.