How Did Princess Margaret Die? Her Death At 71 Years Old Explained
2024/03/05

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Warning: The Crown season 6, part 2 spoilers ahead. The final season of The Crown delves into key events in the British royal family's lives from the late 1990s to the mid-2000s, including the passing of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowden. Various actresses have portrayed Princess Margaret throughout her life, such as Vanessa Kirby, Helena Bonham Carter, Lesley Manville, and Beau Gadsdon. While the Netflix series primarily focuses on Queen Elizabeth II's journey from her ascension in 1952 to her Golden Jubilee in 2002, season 6 sheds light on her sister's final years. 

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In particular, episode 8 of season 6 is dedicated solely to Princess Margaret and her death, although it is not shown on screen. The episode also flashes back to VE Day in 1945 when Princess Margaret and Princess Elizabeth celebrated at the Ritz. The contrast between these two events, Princess Margaret's passing and the joyous night shared by the sisters in their youth, carries a poignant impact. Ultimately, the episode underscores the core of the show— the bond between Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret. Princess Margaret passed away at the age of 71 after suffering from multiple strokes, a result of her lifelong smoking habit.

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Despite medical attempts to address her health issues, Princess Margaret's condition continued to decline until her passing in 2002. Queen Elizabeth II issued a statement following her sister's death, notifying the public of Princess Margaret's peaceful passing and expressing her grief. The Crown pays homage to Princess Margaret's life and legacy by depicting her final days with respect and showcasing her unique relationship with Queen Elizabeth II. The series is available for streaming on Netflix.

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