Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee year was marred by a personal loss when her sister Margaret died after her ‘unbearable’ fatal illnesses.
Princess Margaret & her sister, Queen Elizabeth, celebrated the Queen’s 50 years on the British throne in 2002 but celebrations did not last for long.
The Queen suffered personal tragedy just three days after the celebrations. It was when her beloved younger sister, Princess Margaret died. Margaret passed away on February 9 after a series of strokes. Those strokes had left her with impaired vision and reduced mobility.
The last few days were quite hard for Margaret. 2012 Amazon Prime documentary: ‘The Queen’s Diamond Decades’ hears from the late princess’ oldest friend, Lady Elizabeth Cavendish. She said her last days were “unbearable”.
Also read: Facts you didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth’s sister, Princess Margaret.
Lady Elizabeth said: “She said ‘the thing I think I mind the most, because of the stroke, is the compete loss of independence’. She said ‘I can’t really do anything for myself’. That time I felt, the joy in her life has gone. She was a wonderful, wonderful friend to me”.
Princess Margaret had a private funeral.
The funeral was held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. It was held on the 50th anniversary of her father’s funeral on February 15. The documentary shows footage of the Queen wiping tears from her eyes as she says final goodbye.
In a break with royal tradition, Princess Margaret wished to be cremated in a simple ceremony with no members of the family present. The documentary also reveals how Her Majesty and Margaret ‘remained devoted sisters’ over the years. This sometimes brought tumult for the royal family.
Princess Margaret’s love life was very complicated.
Margaret fell in love with the divorced Captain Peter Townsend and held the monarchy on the brink of crisis in 1953. It was when she had to choose whether to marry him or keep her royal title. She chose her royal duties. Later on, she went on to marry a photographer, Lord Snowdon.
Famous in her youth for her glittering social life when she scandalised Fifties London by being pictured smoking in public. She began smoking heavily after the death of her father. Margaret had a 60-a-day habit. Although she gave up cigarettes after her first mild stroke in 1998, smoking contributed to her final illnesses.