Portrait of a royal

Craig Brown explores the life of the runner-up to the throne, Princess Margaret

By JOANNA SCUTTS
August 15, 2018 23:18
3 minute read.
Princess margaret with queen Elizabeth

Princess margaret with queen Elizabeth. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Princess Margaret, Queen Eliz- abeth II’s beautiful, reckless, perennially heartbroken younger sister, is everywhere and nowhere in British his- tory in the second half of the 20th century. Running his finger down the index of books by artists, writers and comedians, her irreverent biographer Craig Brown spots her “sandwiched for eternity” between the illustrious – Marie Antoinette – and the pedestrian – the scruffy English seaside town of Margate, where she has a namesake avenue.

“What is she doing there?” he asks.

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