Our morning routines are a source of constant interest (one person gets up super early to make breakfast in bed and read for a while, another gets up with 20 minutes to take a shower and get to work), but we are unanimous in our agreement that the late Princess Margaret‘s morning routine was on point.
According to a new royal biography by Craig Brown, the princess had breakfast in bed at 9 a.m. every day before reading the newspapers and listening to the radio for two hours. She then would have an hour-long bath at 11 a.m., before being dressed and made-up by her personal maid in clean clothes — never wearing the same garment more than once. At 12: 30 p.m., she would have her first drink of the day — a vodka pick-me-up — before lunching with her mother, the Queen Mum. The duo would dine on a four-course meal in an “informal” manner from silver dishes, while enjoying half a bottle of wine each.
Margaret and her husband on their wedding day.
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The late princess — who was the second daughter of King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth — died in 2002, shortly before her mother. As detailed on the Netflix series The Crown, she was the party princess, leading a very colorful lifestyle and socializing with people from all walks of life, famously including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and was considered a fashion icon in her day, being a champion of Christian Dior’s designs.
She was married to photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, who became Lord Snowdon in 1960, and the couple went on to have two children, Lady Sarah Chatto and David Armstrong-Jones. The marriage was not a happy one, however, and they divorced in 1978. She caused a nationwide scandal in the late 1950s when she became engaged to her father’s former equerry Peter Townsend, who was a divorcee, with the couple ultimately not being able to wed.
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This post was written by Rebecca Cope. It originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia Daily.