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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Abbey remains open for worship and you are welcome to join us at our daily Eucharist service if you are able to travel here safely within current government guidelines.

However, for the time being we are unable to open the Abbey and St Margaret’s Church for general visiting.

Princess Margaret, daughter of George VI

Margaret Rose was the second daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother). She was born at Glamis Castle in Scotland on 21st August 1930. She supported many children's charities and the St John Ambulance Association and had a great interest in ballet, art and the theatre.


On 6th May 1960 Princess Margaret married Antony Armstrong-Jones (later Earl of Snowdon) in Westminster Abbey. The couple had two children, David, Viscount Linley and Lady Sarah (Chatto), but later divorced. Lord Snowdon died in January 2017 and a memorial service was held for him at St Margaret's Westminster.


She died a few months before her mother on 9th February 2002. The funeral and burial was at Windsor, with a memorial service held in the Abbey on 19th April.

Further reading

Wedding Order of Service (PDF 289KB)

Memorial Service Order of Service (PDF 136KB)

The Royal Family website - Princess Margaret


21st August 1930


9th February 2002


6th May 1960

Princess Margaret in 1965 wearing a broad-brimmed hat and pearl necklace and earrings
Princes Margaret, 1965 by Koch, Eric / Anefo

It’s a privilege to live and work here – the Abbey really is the heart of the country and its history.

Martin - The Dean’s Verger

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