The final season of “The Crown” devotes an entire episode to the conclusion of Princess Margaret’s life. Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth’s sister, passed away on February 9, 2002, at the age of 71. Buckingham Palace officially announced her death, stating that she died peacefully in her sleep at King Edward VII Hospital. At the time of her passing, she was 11th in line to the British throne.
Princess Margaret’s health had been a concern, as she suffered a series of strokes starting in 1998. The show accurately depicts her struggles, including a severe burn to her feet in 1999, impacting her mobility, and subsequent strokes that led to her confinement to a wheelchair. Her last public appearance was at Princess Alice’s 100th birthday party in December 2001.
The funeral for Princess Margaret took place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, attended by members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret’s children. In a departure from tradition, Princess Margaret was cremated, and her ashes were interred at Windsor Castle’s King George VI Memorial Chapel alongside her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
“The Crown” provides a poignant portrayal of Princess Margaret’s final years, shedding light on her health challenges and the impact on Queen Elizabeth and the royal family. The dedicated episode offers viewers a closer look at this significant chapter in the life of Princess Margaret and the royal household.