Princess Margaret's decadent morning routine is the stuff of high-class dreams

Princess Margaret's decadent morning routine has been revealed and fans are divided about this cigarette and booze-fuelled morning

Princess Margaret's decadent morning routine
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Princess Margaret, the Queen's younger sister, has a bizarre morning routine that has divided fans. While some admire the late Princess' opulent lifestyle, others have raised eyebrows at this relaxed style of life.


Princess Margaret was the original rebellious royal and her naughty sense of humor and love of fun have been well-documented over the years. In comparison to the Queen, her straight-laced and duty-dedicated sister, Margaret has been seen as something of a pampered Princess who enjoyed the riches that her privileged life had to offer. In a book about her life, Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret, Craig Brown explored the Princess' typical morning routine  - and it's nothing short of luxury itself.

The Princess woke up at 9am every morning, but would not get out of bed until 11. The author said, "She has breakfast in bed, followed by two hours in bed listening to the radio, reading the newspapers ('which she invariably left scattered over the floor') and chain-smoking."

Princess Margaret

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At 11 o'clock, the Princess would then wash. Of course this wasn't just a quick shower, no no. "She gets into a bath run for her but her lady's maid," wrote Craig in his book. Then at midday, "An hour in the bath is followed by hair and makeup at her dressing table, then she puts on clean clothes - 'as one would imagine of a Princess, she never wore any of her clothes more than once without having them cleaned,'" said the author.

The fun truly begins just after noon as at 12.30pm the Princess would appear, 'downstairs for a vodka pick-me-up.'

After enjoying a drink, the Princess would then join her mother to have lunch at 1pm. "She joins the Queen Mother for a four-course lunch 'served in an informal manner from silver dishes,' with half a bottle of wine per person plus 'fruit and half a dozen different varieties of native and continental cheeses'." 

Fans loved this routine from the Princess and many took to complimenting her lifestyle on social media. "Princess Margaret's morning routine is something I aspire to," said one royal fan.

"I could live like this. No bother," said another. "Omg! This is living the absolute f***ING dream! Look at this day...!!" said another. Others suggested it was a complete waste of taxpayers' money.

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In another part of the book, the author claimed that the Princess was such a big fan of smoking and drinking, she tried to combine the activities. The author claimed she, "tried to combine the smoking and drinking by gluing matchboxes onto tumblers, so she could strike matches while drinking."

Sadly, Princess Margaret, the Countess of Snowdon died in February 2002 at the age of 71. The Princess suffered from issues associated with her heavy smoking. She had an operation on her lungs in 1985, pneumonia in 1993, and four strokes. Her fourth and final stroke killed her in 2002.

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