The Queen has been forced to adapt to a lifetime of loneliness after losing the only member of the Royal Family fully understanding the importance of the British monarchy. Royal experts told Channel 5 documentary “Elizabeth and Margaret: Love and Loyalty” Her Majesty was shocked by the “cataclysmic” loss of Princess Margaret due to the important role the royal had played throughout the Queen’s life. Narrator Kate Fleetwood said: “On February 9, 2002 Margaret died in a hospital in London. She was 71. Elizabeth had lost her sister and her best friend.”
Historian Dr Kate Williams added: “The loss of Margaret was really cataclysmic to the Queen. It was very, very painful.
“The Queen did see that Margaret’s health had been put under strain by what had been denied to her emotionally.
“Margaret didn’t choose to sacrifice all for the Crown because she loved the Crown above all.
“She chose it because she loved her sister above all. She wasn’t sacrificing for the Crown, she was sacrificing for her sister.”
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Aged 25, Princess Margaret had to give up plans to marry Group Captain Peter Townsend after the Government proposed she renounce her titles and position in the order of succession in order to marry.
She consequently married photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones in 1960 and remained married to him for 18 years despite growing speculation about their fraught relationship.
Dr Ed Owens suggested the loss of Princess Margaret left the Queen facing the loneliness of her position without the support of a very understanding ally.
Her Majesty and her youngest sister were suddenly catapulted into the royal frontlines after the abdication of their uncle Edwards VIII in 1936.
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Royal author Ingrid Seward said understanding the “unbreakable bond” the Queen and Princess Margaret shared would be difficult for those outside of the Royal Family.
She said: “It was an unbreakable bond, in a way that it would be difficult for anyone outside the Royal Family to understand.
“Because their life is so unique and so different and, basically, so dedicated to duty.
“And in a way it’s destroyed by the fact they’re always on public show. Only Margaret would really know how that felt.”