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Princess Margaret's Style Evolution, From Peak Princess To Style Icon

In honor of the premiere of Season 3 of "The Crown," here are some of Princess Margaret's finest fashion moments.

She may have been spare to the heir, but that hardly mattered to Princess Margaret.

While her older sister, Elizabeth, ascended to the British throne at the age of 25, Margaret fulfilled the responsibilities of her title while also living a life that was royally fun.  

With the spotlight more on her sister, Margaret partied with the Beatles, drank a tad too much and woke up late, taking “breakfast in bed and chain-smoking” for hours, as dramatised in the first season of “The Crown.” She had a handful of tumultuous love affairs (eventually marrying and divorcing photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, known as Lord Snowden), and traipsed around her vacation home Les Jolies Eaux on the Caribbean island of Mustique twice every year for three decades.

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Princesses Margaret and the future Queen Elizabeth wearing elaborate dresses for "Old Mother Red Riding Boots," a Christmas pantomime they performed in at Windsor Castle.

And through it all, she was dressed to the nines. Her style prowess was so on-point, it earned a nickname in the 1950s, “The Margaret Look.”

Margaret favored pretty floral print dresses and the floor-length ballgowns you’d expect of a princess in her youth. But by her 20s, she had introduced bold accessories to her look ― bright headscarves, mod sunglasses, feathery hats. 

In tribute to her fashion ― and because excitement for “The Crown” couldn’t be higher ― we’ve rounded up 93 photos that capture Margaret at her most royal and most mod. 

  • 1930
    1930
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    Queen Elizabeth, Queen Consort to King George VI, with Princesses Elizabeth, left, and Margaret Rose.
  • 1930s
    1930s
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    Princess Elizabeth with her embroidered gift made by disabled ex-servicemen. Beside her is Princess Margaret.
  • 1936
    1936
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    The Duchess of York with her daughters Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret in the garden of the Royal Lodge at Windsor. 
  • 1930s
    1930s
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    Britain's Royal Family some time in the 1930s. King George VI stands with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two daughters, Princess Margaret and Crown Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 1940
    1940
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    The two young princesses, daughters of King George VI. This portrait was made on April 17, 1940, the 14th birthday of Princess Elizabeth. Princess Margaret Rose is 9 years old.
  • 1940
    1940
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    Princess Margaret, 10, on her pony Greylight after riding in Windsor Great Park.
  • 1940
    1940
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    Princess Margaret Rose (1930-2002), younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, in the schoolroom at Windsor Castle.
  • 1940s
    1940s
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    Princess Margaret in her uniform.
  • 1942
    1942
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    Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret wearing summer dresses, circa 1942. 
  • 1943
    1943
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    A royal production of the Christmas pantomime "Aladdin" at Windsor Castle, starring Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose as Aladdin and the Princess.
  • 1944
    1944
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    Princess Margaret Rose wearing a floral dress and holding a straw hat.
  • 1944
    1944
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    Princess Margaret Rose of England wearing an evening dress with sequined butterflies around the shoulders.
  • 1946
    1946
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    Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret arriving at Albert Hall for a percussion performance in favor of the funds of the British Army's volunteers.
  • 1946
    1946
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    Elizabeth II as a Sea Ranger at a youth parade with Princess Margaret.
  • 1947
    1947
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    Princess Elizabeth with her husband, Philip; Queen Elizabeth; King George VI and Princess Margaret.
  • 1947
    1947
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    The royal wedding party on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after Princess Elizabeth was married to Lt. Philip Mountbatten in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey. From left: King George VI, Princess Margaret, unidentified, the bride Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II), Philip Mountbatten (now the Duke of Edinburgh), the Queen Mother and Queen Mary, widow of George V.
  • 1947
    1947
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    Princess Elizabeth and Group Captain Peter Townsend in 1947. In 1955, Princess Margaret was refused permission to marry Townsend, a divorced Royal Air Force captain. 
  • 1948
    1948
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    Portrait of Princess Margaret
  • 1948
    1948
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    Princess Margaret and her friend David Ogilvy
  • 1948
    1948
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    Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose arriving at the theater.
  • 1949
    1949
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    Princess Margaret is greeted by the Cadet Guard of Honor with the Lord Mayor of Bristol on March 28, 1949, in Bristol, United Kingdom.
  • 1949
    1949
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    Princess Margaret in uniform as commandant-in-chief of St. John Ambulance Brigade Cadets.
  • 1949
    1949
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    Princess Margaret of England. 
  • 1949
    1949
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    Princess Margaret Rose of England performed the ceremony of the reopening of the Women's Resident Training college for elementary school teachers at Avery Hill, Etham. The college was badly damaged in the Blitz in 1941 and 1944. 
  • 1950
    1950
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    Princess Margaret at a Royal Air Force air show on July 7, 1950.
  • 1951
    1951
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    Princess Margaret attending the premiere of the film "Captain Horatio Hornblower" at the Warner Theatre Leicester Square.
  • 1951
    1951
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    Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, Princess Margaret, and baby daughter Princess Anne on the grounds of Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Aug. 21, 1951.
  • 1952
    1952
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    Princess Margaret arrives at the Leicester Square Empire for a film festival on Oct. 28, 1952.
  • 1953
    1953
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    Princess Margaret in London.
  • 1953
    1953
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    Queen Elizabeth II, left, with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret Rose in the throne room of Buckingham Palace after her coronation ceremony.
  • 1953
    1953
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    The cover of the June 27, 1953, issue of Picture Post magazine, featuring a portrait of Princess Margaret.
  • 1954
    1954
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    Princess Margaret and friends.
  • 1955
    1955
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    The Queen Mother with Princess Margaret.
  • 1955
    1955
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    Princess Margaret is met by the Earl of Ranfurly, governor of the Bahamas, as she begins her official visit to Nassau, the last stop in her 1955 Caribbean tour.
  • 1956
    1956
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    During her royal tour of East Africa, Princess Margaret visits an animal farm near Arusha, Tanzania.
  • 1956
    1956
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    Princess Margaret at a garden party during her African tour.
  • 1956
    1956
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    Princess Margaret on her 26th birthday. 
  • 1957
    1957
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    Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida and Princess Margaret at the opening of the National Film Theater on Oct. 16, 1957, in London.
  • 1958
    1958
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    Princess Margaret in British Honduras during her 1958 tour of the Caribbean.
  • 1958
    1958
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    Princess Margaret debuts a shorter hairstyle. 
  • 1958
    1958
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    Princess Margaret arrives in England after her tour of Canada.
  • 1960
    1960
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    Princess Margaret arrives at the Strowger Works in Edge Lane, Liverpool.
  • 1960
    1960
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    Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones on the grounds of Royal Lodge after they announced their engagement.
  • 1960
    1960
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    Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, marries Princess Margaret.
  • 1960
    1960
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    Princess Margaret and her husband, the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, arrive in 1960 in London at the Opera House.
  • 1960
    1960
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    Princess Margaret attends the premiere of the film "The Alamo" at the Astoria in London.
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    1961
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    Princess Margaret with her baby son David.
  • 1962
    1962
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    Princess Margaret waving to crowds at Denbeigh in Jamaica. She attended the ceremonies marking the former British colony's independence.
  • 1962
    1962
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    Princess Margaret, a fan of Frank Sinatra, shakes hands with the artist in Northwood on his tour on behalf of blind children.
  • 1963
    1963
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    Princess Margaret at the Commonwealth Institute in London to open a Rhodesian Art exhibition.
  • 1963
    1963
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    Princess Margaret meets The Beatles.
  • 1964
    1964
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    Princess Margaret, in costume, signs an autograph in London during a ball. 
  • 1965
    1965
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    Lord Snowdon sitting on the fence next to Princess Margaret during a visit to a ranch in Arizona. 
  • 1965
    1965
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    U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, right, with, from left, Lord Snowden, Lady Bird Johnson and Princess Margaret in the Queen's Room at the White House on Nov. 17, 1965, before a dinner-dance in honor of the princess and her husband.
  • 1966
    1966
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    Princess Margaret meets players of Sheffield before the FA Cup Final at Wembley against Everton.
  • 1966
    1966
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    Princess Margaret arriving at Fishmonger's Hall with her husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowdon.
  • 1967
    1967
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    Princess Margaret greets the film star couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton at the Royal Film Performance of "The Taming of the Shrew."
  • 1967
    1967
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    Princess Margaret meets Lithuanian-born actor Laurence Harvey and actress Mia Farrow at a showing of the film "The Taming of the Shrew" at the Odeon Leicester Square.
  • 1967
    1967
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    Princess Margaret walks with her husband in the Bahamas.
  • 1967
    1967
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    Princess Margaret with "Head of a Woman," part of a Picasso exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London.
  • 1967
    1967
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    Princess Margaret with the Aga Khan at his vacation resort in August 1967.
  • 1968
    1968
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    Princess Margaret, left, meets some of the models at the London showing of Italian designer Valentino's autumn/winter collection in aid of the Invalid Children's Aid Association, of which she was the president.
  • 1969
    1969
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    Princess Margaret in a diamond tiara, earrings and necklace.
  • 1969
    1969
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    Princess Margaret with her two children, Viscount Linley and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, at Windsor Castle during filming of the joint ITV-BBC film documentary "The Royal Family."
  • 1969
    1969
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    Princess Margaret, Princess Anne and the Queen Mother arrive to attend the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales at Caernarvon Castle on July 1, 1969, in Wales.
  • 1971
    1971
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    Princess Margaret meets members of The Four Tops and The Supremes backstage at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • 1972
    1972
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    Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon meet singer Elton John backstage at a benefit concert held at the Shaw Theatre in London on Feb. 27, 1972.
  • 1973
    1973
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    Princess Margaret With Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother at the Badminton Horse Trials.
  • 1974
    1974
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    Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones attend the Royal Ballet at the Met, circa May 1974 in New York City.
  • 1975
    1975
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    Princess Margaret at the Windsor Horse Show.
  • 1977
    1977
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    Princess Margaret chats with Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger.
  • 1978
    1978
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    Princess Margaret attends Tuvalu's independence festivities on Oct. 1, 1978, in Tuvalu.
  • 1979
    1979
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    Princess Margaret at Royal Ascot Races.
  • 1980
    1980
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    Princess Margaret visits the Royal Highland Fusiliers in Germany.
  • 1981
    1981
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    Lady Diana Spencer with the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret during Nicholas Soames' wedding in Westminster, London, on June 4, 1981.
  • 1982
    1982
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    Princess Margaret arrives for a performance of "Swan Lake" by the London Festival Ballet on May 25, 1982, at the London Coliseum.
  • 1983
    1983
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    Princess Margaret dances a highland reel at the Royal Caledonian Ball on May 13, 1983, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
  • 1984
    1984
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    Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, with Princess Margaret at his side, holds young Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 16, 1984.
  • 1985
    1985
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     Princess Margaret circa 1985 in New York City.
  • 1985
    1985
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    Princess Margaret at the Royal Festival Hall.
  • 1987
    1987
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    Princess Margaret at the state opening of Parliament.
  • 1988
    1988
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    Diana, Princess of Wales, holding a young Prince Harry in her arms as she watches Trooping the Colour with Prince William and Princess Margaret from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
  • 1990
    1990
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    Princess Margaret at the London Palladium for the Queen Mother's 90th birthday.
  • 1991
    1991
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    The queen with Princess Margaret and her daughter-in-law, the Duchess of York, at Ascot.
  • 1991
    1991
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    The queen smiles as her sister, Princess Margaret, moves away a Christmas decoration during a visit backstage at London's Royal Opera House.
  • 1992
    1992
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    Princess Margaret, the Princess of Wales, Sir George Solti, Lady Solti and the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace for Sir George's 80th birthday party.
  • 1993
    1993
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    Princess Margaret with Bernadette Chirac at the end of the premiere of the International Dance Festival in Paris.
  • 1995
    1995
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    Princess Margaret at the Heads of State Banquet at Guildhall, London, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of war in Europe.
  • 1996
    1996
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    Princess Margaret at London's Waterloo station waiting for French President Jacques Chirac at the start of his official visit to Britain.
  • 1997
    1997
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    Princess Margaret at the state opening of Parliament.
  • 1999
    1999
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    Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, Princess Margaret, attend the Queen Mother's 99th birthday celebration at Clarence House in London on Aug. 4,1999.
  • 1999
    1999
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    Princess Margaret in her capacity as patron of the Pottery and Glass Trades' Benevolent Institution, attends a reception at the Savoy Hotel in London.
  • 2000
    2000
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    Princess Margaret attends a "Birthday Offering" ballet performance at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre to celebrate her 70th birthday on Oct. 22, 2000.
  • 2000
    2000
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    The queen and the Duke of Edinburgh with Princess Margaret on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after the Trooping of the Colour ceremony.
    held at Horse Guards parade.
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