Did the Queen have any siblings?


A young Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret

Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were the daughters of George VI and Elizabeth the Queen Mother (Picture: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Since she took the throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II was not only been the head of state but also the head of the Royal Family.

Her Majesty reigned for 70 years, the only British monarch to do so, and she got to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee this, before her death on September 8.

Leaving behind an incomparable legacy as monarch, Her Majesty also leaves behind a family who have paid tribute to their ‘beloved mama’ and ‘Grannie.’

But what other titles did the Queen hold? Did she have any siblings?

Did The Queen have siblings?

Queen Elizabeth II had one sibling, Princess Margaret, who died in 2002.

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, was born on August 21, 1930, four years after her older sister.

During the 1950s, Margaret became a celebrated socialite famed for her glamorous lifestyle and lavish romances, most notably with Group Captain Peter Townsend.

Peter proposed to Margaret in 1953 following the divorce from his previous wife Rosemary, though the marriage never went ahead after the Church of England refused to countenance marriage to a divorced man.

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret

Margaret was a stylish socialite (Picture: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Margaret went on to marry photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones in 1960 who became the Earl of Snowdon.

The couple had two children, David and Sarah, before divorcing in 1978 which caused controversy within the media.

During her lifetime, The Princess played an active role in the Royal Family’s public work, supporting The Queen.

She had a passion for welfare work and the arts, and she was patron or president of more than 80 organisations, ranging from children’s charities to ballet companies.

In 1957, the same year that she was made an Honorary Doctor of Music of London University, she became the first President of the Royal Ballet.

Margaret was an Honorary Fellow of several societies, received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Cambridge and Keele, and was a Master of the Bench of Lincoln’s Inn.

She was also President of the National Society and of the Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children as well as Grand President of the St John Ambulance Brigade and Colonel-in-Chief of Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps.

Margaret’s health deteriorated in her later years, with the royal suffering at least three strokes between 1998 and 2001, a bout of pneumonia in 1993, and having to undergo a lung operation in 1985.

In 2002, a fourth and final stroke killed Margaret at the age of 71 at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London.


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