The Queen is often seen as the pinnacle of royal ideals and British aristocracy. Her sister Margaret however was often dubbed the royal rebel because she tended to flout convention where she could. Even her first serious relationship raised serious questions within royal circles.
Buckingham Palace warned her that she could lose her royal status if she went ahead with her relationship with the divorced equerry, Group Captain Peter Townsend in the early Fifties, pushing Margaret to choose royal life over love.
According to an Evening Standard article from 2007, the Queen was hesitant to accept Margaret’s later love, Anthony Armstrong-Jones.
The article explained: “Certainly there was a definite sense that Princess Margaret was marrying ‘beneath herself’.
“The Duke of Gloucester apparently greeted Harold Macmillan at Sandringham with the words: ‘Thank heavens you’ve come, Prime Minister.
The Queen and Princess Margaret pictured with Anthony-Armstrong Jones (Image: Getty)
Margaret and Armstrong-Jones announced their engagement in February 1960 (Image: Getty)
“‘The Queen’s in a terrible state - there’s a fellow called Jones in the billiard room who wants to marry her sister.’”
At that time the Duke of Gloucester was Prince Henry, the Queen’s uncle.
Mr Macmillan and the Queen reportedly got along very well, especially as he was so fond of the monarchy himself.
The article continued: “But those who mattered, namely the Queen and the Queen Mother, had in fact raised no doubts about the suitability of the match.
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The Queen was reportedly shocked when she first learnt of the proposal (Image: Getty)