How Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon played ‘secret’ game to mock guests

Margaret was always considered the naughtier Princess in comparison to Princess Elizabeth, now the Queen. Margaret’s close circle of friends became known for their partying ways, and her excessive habits – such as drinking at midday – often hit the front pages. Her love life became a source of speculation too, especially after she was forbidden from marrying Group Captian Peter Townsend, the divorcee who also served as her father’s equerry.

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She went on to marry Anthony Armstrong-Jones, a photographer, and although they initially seemed very much in love, their relationship soon became volatile.

’s fictionalised drama ‘The Crown’ follows their turbulent marriage and its eventual break-down too, although details of their fallouts are not known.

Yet, a 2007 article in the Evening Standard revealed how the couple used to enjoy mocking their guests, before their own troubles overshadowed their relationship.

The article reads: “Whenever another guest uttered a cliche, he or the Princess would tear off a piece of bread and push it into the middle of the table.

Anthony Armstrong-Jones and Princess MargaretAnthony Armstrong-Jones and Princess Margaret (Image: Getty)

Margaret married Lord Snowdon in 1960Margaret married Lord Snowdon in 1960 (Image: Getty)

“The one with the most bits of bread in the middle at the end of the meal was the winner.

“The magic of the game was that no one else realised it was being played. It was their private way of cocking a spook at the rest of the world.”

The game itself was recalled by Lord Snowdon, in an interview almost 50 years after they officially married in 1960.

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