Princess Margaret’s husband snubbed Queen’s title offer but scrambled to reverse decision
Princess Margaret’s husband ‘turned down’ title says expert
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Princess Margaret’s husband “changed his mind” about having a royal title because of his children, a royal expert has claimed. Marlene Koenig spoke to Express.co.uk about the Queen’s late sister and her family. The commentator noted Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones style of address was changed over the course of their marriage.
Ms Koenig told Express.co.uk: “His official biography says that he was offered it and turned it down originally.
“But then realised that his children were pretty close to the throne.
“He felt that his children should have some sort of title.
“When Margaret married Antony Armstrong-Jones, everyone assumed he was created Earl of Snowdon on the day of the wedding.”
She continued: “That is not true.
“He was not created an Earl until a couple of weeks before Margaret gave birth to their son in November 1961.
“That’s over a year and a half after their wedding.
“Margaret was just ‘Princess Margaret’ and he was ‘Mr Armstrong-Jones’.”
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The expert added: “She didn’t use ‘Mrs’ either. Princess Alexandra and Anne were the first to use ‘Mrs’.
“Once he was created Earl of Snowdon, it was announced that she would be styled ‘Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret (because she was the daughter of a king), Countess of Snowdon’.
“There you have that, but it was not on the wedding.”
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The Queen’s sister was married to Lord Snowdon for almost 20 years before the marriage collapsed.
Both the princess and her husband famously had multiple affairs.
Lady Anne Glenconner, a lady-in-waiting to Margaret, told the BBC: “It could have been such a success.
“He gave her the sort of life she wasn’t used to: black leather, motorbikes and meeting all these sorts of glamorous people.
“But I think that he got bored with it all.”
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