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1930–2002, British princess, second daughter of King George VIGeorge VI
(Albert Frederick Arthur George), 1895–1952, king of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1936–52), second son of George V; successor of his elder brother, Edward VIII. He attended the royal naval colleges at Osborne and Dartmouth and served in World War I.
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 and sister of Queen Elizabeth IIElizabeth II,
1926–, queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1952–), elder daughter and successor of George VI, and Britain's longest reigning monarch. At age 18 she was made a State Counsellor, a confidante of the king.
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, b. Glamis, Scotland. In 1960 she married a commoner, the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was created earl of SnowdonSnowdon, Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of,
1930–2017, British photographer. Educated at Eton and Cambridge, he married Princess Margaret in 1960 and was created earl the following year.
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 in 1961. They were divorced in 1978. They had two children: David, Viscount Linley (b. 1961), and Sarah (b. 1964).


See biography by C. Brown (2018).

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(Margrete). Born 1353; died Oct. 28, 1412, in Flensburg. Queen of Denmark, Norway (from 1387), and Sweden (from 1389).

Margaret was the daughter of the Danish king Waldemar IV Atterdag and the wife of the Norwegian king Haakon VI. She became the ruler of Denmark in 1376 when her young son Olaf was elected king of Denmark; after her husband’s death in 1380 she also became ruler of Norway. Upon her son’s death in 1387 she became queen of both states. After the defeat of Albert of Mecklenburg’s troops in 1389 she became queen of Sweden. She was the initiator of the Union of Kalmar of 1397, which united the three Scandinavian states, and in fact governed them to the end of her life.

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of Anjou hard, vicious, strong-minded, imperious woman. [Br. Lit.: II Henry VI]
See: Cruelty
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1. called the Maid of Norway. ?1282--90, queen of Scotland (1286--90); daughter of Eric II of Norway. Her death while sailing to England to marry the future Edward II led Edward I to declare dominion over Scotland
2. 1353--1412, queen of Sweden (1388--1412) and regent of Norway and Denmark (1380--1412), who united the three countries under her rule
3. Princess. 1930--2002, younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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"I still feel quite uneasy about this business, Margaret."
She decided that Margaret was a little hysterical, and was trying to gain time by a torrent of talk.
"Exactly," said Margaret; "Germans are too thorough." And her eyes began to shine.
In these circumstances it was perhaps natural that Archibald and Margaret should prefer to meet, when they did meet, at some other spot than the Milsom home.
Archibald thought this charming; but at the same time he could not conceal from himself the fact that Margaret's passion for the poetic cut, so to speak, both ways.
A remark of Margaret's that it was a splendid day for a picnic and that the country looked nice gave him his opportunity.
Margaret's sagacity was not always displayed in a way so satisfactory to her sister.
She was convinced that Margaret had fixed on a person whose name she could not bear with composure to become a standing joke with Mrs.
Marianne felt for her most sincerely; but she did more harm than good to the cause, by turning very red and saying in an angry manner to Margaret,
Then Captain Jim told the story--an old, old forgotten story, for it was over fifty years since Margaret had fallen asleep one day in her father's dory and drifted--or so it was supposed, for nothing was ever certainly known as to her fate--out of the channel, beyond the bar, to perish in the black thundersquall which had come up so suddenly that long-ago summer afternoon.
Sometimes I wake up in the night and hear the sea calling to me in the old way, and it seems as if lost Margaret called in it.
Lost Margaret took my heart with her--out there," said the old lover, who had been faithful for fifty years to his drowned sweetheart.