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Did the Queen Ask Margaret to Delay Her Engagement?

The Crown Revealed a Very Awkward Moment Between the Queen and Princess Margaret

After countless dead-end relationships, Princess Margaret finally finds love during season two of The Crown. Her new beau, Antony Armstrong-Jones, sweeps her off her feet at a dinner party in Chelsea, and they are soon inseparable. After two failed engagements, the princess finally finds a suitor of whom her sister, the Church, and Cabinet all approve.

By Christmas, Margaret and Antony decide to marry and plan on making an official announcement, but Queen Elizabeth asks Margaret to delay the announcement of her marriage until after the birth of Prince Andrew. Did this really happen?

Well, the prince was born on Feb. 19, 1960, and a week later, on Feb. 26, 1960, the engagement of Princess Margaret and Antony was announced from Clarence House:

"It is with the greatest pleasure that Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother announces the betrothal of her beloved daughter, The Princess Margaret, to Mr. Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, son of Mr. R. O. L. Armstrong-Jones, Queen's Counsel, and the Countess of Rosse, to which union the Queen has gladly given her consent."

The timing is curious, and the unofficial word is that yes, the queen did ask Margaret to delay the announcement! Poor Margaret — always overshadowed.

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