By the time Lady Di arrived at the Windsors, Queen Elizabeth II had recovered from the terror, and it was not in vain that she had spent her entire reign dealing with the “worst enemy” of
the good reputation of the British royal house: his sister, Princess Margaret. Her younger sister was the first member of the royal family to be born in Scotland in 300 years, and she provided the juiciest headlines in the tabloid press for most of her life. Their three-week tour of America in 1965 fueled most of those headlines.
The trip of Queen Elizabeth II’s sister to the continent where her grandson Prince Harry is currently traveling is a complicated diplomatic moment. The United Kingdom urgently needs foreign investment and the approval of the United States to achieve this. Sending the most misguided of the Windsors at the time to get that support as
a risky move. Spoiler, it didn’t turn out the way the British monarch wanted.
Princess Margaret was already farming
widespread bad reputation. His first impossible love was an ordinary one, 16 years older than him and divorced. The queen forbade him to marry her. With her first husband, Anthony Armstrong-Jones, things were not better: he was unfaithful from the first day of their courtship (in fact, her lover gave birth to his son while they were still on their honeymoon), and he left her notes with lists of reasons to hate him. Thanks to him, Margarita became
first British royal to divorce in 600 years.
But if Princess Margaret stands for one thing, it’s for her love of partying, Scotch whiskey, and cigars; she’s said to have stuck matchboxes under glasses so she could light one cigarette after another. Although the most scandalous behavior at every dinner, party, or celebration he attends is his arrogance and bad behavior,. The ideal thing to send it
a tense diplomatic trip.
The two parts of Princess Margaret’s trip to the USA
The trip was originally planned as an unofficial visit to the princess by a former retired British diplomat but ended up being converted, by order of the queen and encouraged by the prime minister, into a three-week coast-to-coast tour with on
includes dinner at the White House.
The official press said the tour was a success. Every time the princess appeared in public, the masses of royal worshipers were outraged, and she allowed herself to be loved by the masses and the journalists. Next to
Her husband, Lord Snowdon, rode a tram in San Francisco, visited Hollywood, spent quality time at a ranch in Arizona, and dazzled US President Lyndon B. Johnson at an official dinner where he described her as “an angel.”
The problem came when details of the trip began to reach the British media, such as the picture that Lord Snodown took of his wife in the bathtub, where she was wearing only the tiara she wore on her wedding day. or when they were leaked.
details of the festivities after the official events and how the royal and her husband greeted each other after their official intervention. Before going, the evening dinner at the White House had a party at the hotel after the meeting with the president that lasted until four in the morning.
American celebrities that should
face the princess character Margarita, of all parties, did not describe her majesty as “an angel.” In Theo Aronson’s biography of the princess, there is an entire paragraph describing how Margaret sent someone across the room at a party in Beverly Hills to ask Judy Garland to sing for her.
The actress’ response to the poor emissary of the royal mandate was the same as
acidic replicas of Princess Margaret herself: “Go tell that nasty, rude little princess that we’ve known each other long enough and chatted in enough girls’ rooms that she’ll skip the boring royal routine and just come over here and ask himself if I want to sing.” Tell him that I will sing if he christens a ship first.
There is also talk that, in fact, the “angel” of
Lyndon B. Johnson He won her favor by dedicating rude poems to him at dinner in Washington rather than his diplomatic skills. And for one thing and another, while in the US they praised it, in Europe the media titled the princely tour as an “insensitive vulgarity of ostentatious expenses” more focused on meeting Hollywood stars than on getting the necessary in the United Kingdom at the time.
background and a good image.
Ultimately, the costs caused Princess Margaret to be officially barred from returning to the United States on another official trip. Hedonism acquired such dimensions that the visit was debated in the British House of Lords on December 7, 1965.
Faced with a flood of headlines about royal excesses, the Chancellor of the Exchequer was asked about the total cost of public funds during HRH Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon’s visit to the US. spent about 30,000 pounds in the public purse,
more than 660,000 euros in three weeks.
In such a panorama, it is not surprising that Margarita expressed her desire
back to the United States A decade later, the British ambassador to the country responded
a loud “no thank you.”. And the queen listened to him.