Thursday, May 06, 2010

Pop History Moment: Princess Margaret Married Antony Armstrong-Jones

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On this day in 1960 a television audience estimated at 20 million watched as The Queen's sister Princess Margaret married Antony Armstrong-Jones at a lavish, glamourous wedding in Westminster Abbey; it was the first televised royal wedding in history, much as the coronation seven years earlier had been the first ceremony of its kind ever on television. The wedding - like the coronation and the wedding of Princess Margaret's sister - was performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher.

The following year Armstrong Jones was created Earl of Snowdon in advance of the birth of their children, David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (now Lady Sarah Chatto).

The Earl and Countess were divorced in May 1978 amid mutual accusations of adultery, their marriage having long since broken down...
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