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Princess Margaret's Fashion Through the Decades

She may have been Queen Elizabeth's younger sister, but the Princess's style was second to none.
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Take a look back at Princess Margaret's iconic style from her most over-the-top tiaras to her iconic wedding gown.

Princess Margaret in the garden at Windsor during the summer of 1941. She turned 11 that summer.


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Princess Margaret, seated and wearing a multi-colored dress and holding a straw hat.


The Princess sits for a royal portrait in 1944, wearing a formal evening dress with sequined butterflies around the shoulder, and holding two pink roses.


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Princess Margaret Rose at Buckingham Palace on her 17th birthday, August 20, 1947.


Princess Margaret, with the Lord Mayor of Bristol, is greeted by the Cadet Guard of Honor on March 28, 1949 in Bristol.


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Princess Margaret, wearing a lace dress and long gloves, receives a flower bouquet in 1949.


Princess Margaret performed the ceremony of the re-opening of the Women's Resident Training college for elementary school teachers at Avery Hill, Etham in 1949.


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The Princess poses in an ornate pink gown in 1949.


Princess Margaret watches a Royal Air Force display at Farnborough in 1950, wearing more casual attire.


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Princess Margaret attends the premiere of the film Captain Horatio Hornblower at the Warner Theatre Leicester Square on April 12, 1951.


Princess Margaret speaks at a St. John's Ambulance Brigade Rally in 1953.


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Princess Margaret following a performance of Guys and Dolls.


Princess Margaret wearing a bright yellow dress and matching hat during her 1955 tour of the Caribbean.


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Princess Margaret opts for a stunning hat and sunglasses at the Kingston races during the Royal Tour of the Caribbean 1955.


Princess Margaret sports a feathered blue hat, pearls, and patterned dress during her royal tour of East Africa in 1956.


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The Princess dons a leopard coat at the Badminton Horse Trials with Mary, the Princess Royal in 1957.


Princess Margaret dances with Jackie Toaduff at a 1958 ball hosted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society.


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The Princess wore a balloon-skirted dress decorated with bows.

Princess Margaret and her new husband Antony Armstrong-Jones leave Westminister Abbey after their wedding on May 6, 1960.


Princess Margaret arrives at the Strowger Works in Liverpool, wearing a purple coat, green dress, and matching hat.


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Princess Margaret wears a fur wrap, a ruffled pink dress, and dramatic jewelry to the premiere the movie The Alamo at the Astoria in London on October 27, 1960.


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Princess Margaret, in an orange gown, stands with Sweden's Prince Bertil, Iran's Prince Golam Reza Pahlevi, and Italy's ex-queen Marie Jose at the civil wedding ceremony for Belgium's King Baudoin and Fabiola on January 1, 1961.


The Princess attends a Royal Command Film Performance in 1961, sporting a fur wrap, a blue gown, and plenty of jewels.


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Princess Margaret attends a wedding at Westminster Abbey in 1962.


Princess Margaret waves to the crowd during a visit to Jamaica.


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Here, she's attending a ceremony marking the independence of the former British colonies on August 8, 1962 in Jamaica.

Princess Margaret wearing the Poltimore Tiara (and a perfectly coordinated hairdo) drives into Buckingham Palace for a state banquet 1962.


Princess Margaret wears an extravagant hat in 1963.


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Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon arrive at the Hilton Hotel in London.


The Princess is wearing a cerise and gold gown and a brown mink stole.

Princess Margaret and Sir Roger Makins at the opening of new halls of residence at Imperial College in 1963.


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Princess Margaret at a gala preview for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.


The event was in support of The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

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Princess Margaret wearing an eighteenth Century ballgown and a wig to the Georgian Ball, a charity event in aid of the Friends of St. John's at the Mansion House in London, on July 1, 1964.


Princess Margaret wore a brown hat, green coat, and jeweled brooch to the 1965 opening of the Word Blind Centre in Bloomsbury, London.


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Princess Margaret with her husband the Earl of Snowdon during the benefit ball for Winston Churchill Memorial Fund on November 19, 1965.


Princess Margaret followed by Lord Snowdon leaving the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles during their visit to America in 1965.


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The Princess wears a blue dress and coat, topped with a stunning tiara.

In 1966, Princess Margaret visits Liverpool Medical Institution in an all-pink ensemble.


Princess Margaret attends the 1967 opening of the Medical Advisory & Cerebral Palsy Unit in Hounslow.


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Princess Margaret, wearing a patterned dress and a blue hair bow, walks with her husband the Earl of Snowdon on a pontoon in the Bahamas in 1967.


The Princess admires a sculpture in the Picasso exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London on June 10, 1967.


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Princess Margaret attends the 1967 Candadian's Woman's Club Ball at Grovesnor House Hotel wearing a floral gown.


Princess Margaret wears an orange and yellow with the Aga Khan, at his vacation resort in August, 1967.


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Princess Margaret swims, wearing blocky white sunglasses while on vacation in Costa Smeralda, Sardinia in August 1967.


A young David Linley attends the Braemar Games in Scotland with his mother, Princess Margaret and his cousins, Prince Charles and Princess Anne in 1968.


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Princess Margaret, wearing a floral hat, and the Queen Mother arriving for the fourth day at Ascot on June 20, 1969.


Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother arrive at the investiture of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on July 1, 1969 in Caernarvon, Wales.


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Princess Margaret at Kensington Palace in 1969, wearing some very groovy earrings.


Princess Margaret watches the Badminton horse trials with her husband Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1970, wearing a matching hat and coat.


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The Princess arrives at the Embassy of Japan in London for an official dinner hosted by Emperor Hirohito of Japan in October 1971.


Princess Margaret wears a peacock hat to a pony day at Ascot in 1973.


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Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones attend the Royal Ballet at the Met in New York City, circa May 1974.


The Princess wears a sheer cape over an embellished gown.

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The Princess sports a green coat and brown leather shoes at the Windsor Horse Show on May 22, 1975.


Princess Margaret talks to The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger in a restaurant in Pointe-du-Bout, French West Indies in 1976.


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Princess Margaret attends Tuvalu's independence festivities on October 1, 1978.


Princess Margaret attends the 1979 Royal Ascot Races in a patterned dress and feathered white hat.


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Princess Margaret arriving in West Germany in 1980 to visit the regiments of which she is Colonel-in-Chief, the 15th-19th Hussars.


The Princess wears a feather-topped head wrap and bright blue coat to Royal Ascot in 1981.


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Princess Margaret wears a patterned and pleated dress on a visit to the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, London, on April 22, 1982.


The Princess wears a blue gown and matching blue jewelry at the opening of the Theatre Royal in Bath in 1982.


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Princess Margaret wears a fur coat to the opening of the new Sainsbury's supermarket in Bath in 1982.


Princess Margaret wears a casual outfit while arriving in Scotland after the Britanna docked in Aberdeen in 1985.


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Princess Margaret arrives with her children, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones and David, Lord Linley, at the Royal Opera House for a special performance to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 60th birthday on April 21, 1986.


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Princess Diana And Princess Margaret wear different shades of blue to James Ogilvy and Julia Rawlinson's wedding at St. Mary The Virgin Church in 1988.


The princess wears a white and yellow dress to Royal Ascot on June 21, 1989.


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The Princess wears an elaborate mask and matching white gown in 1990.


Princess Margaret wears a caped blue gown to the London Palladium for the Queen Mother's 90th Birthday on July 19, 1990.


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Princess Margaret wears a red polka dot dress to the Queen Mother's 90th birthday at Clarence House on August 4, 1990.


The Princess wears a bold, feathered hat and matching dress to Royal Ascot on June 20, 1991.


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Princess Margaret celebrates the Richmond Theatre refurbishment in a blue gown in 1991.


The Princess dons a bright pink gown at Claridges on June 5, 1992.


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Margaret wears a lavish gown and coordinated jewels to the Portuguese embassy in London in 1993.


Princess Margaret wore a red and black look to her son, David Linley's, wedding on October 8, 1993.


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Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, wears a coordinated icy blue look to greet French President Jacques Chirac at London's Waterloo station in 1996.


Margaret arrives at the State Opening of Parliament wearing a baby yellow dress and a show-stopping tiara on May 14, 1997.


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Margaret dons a matching dress and coat for a visit to Raf Cottesmore in Leicestershire on May 15, 1997.


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The Princess arrives at Grosvenor House Hotel for the Royal Caledonian Ball in aid of the Royal Caledonian Schools Educational Trust and other Scottish charities. She sports a bright green gown.


Princess Margaret visits the Mary Hare Grammar School in Newbury, Berkshire, wearing large circular glasses with her pale blue ensemble.


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Princess Margaret attends a "Birthday Offering" ballet performance at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre in celebration her 70th birthday, on October 22, 2000. (The Queen's sister died in February, 2002.)


This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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