13 divine vintage photos that spotlight Princess Margaret’s royal style

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Between The Crown on the small screen, countless accounts devoted to Princess Diana’s ’90s style on Instagram, and a flurry of weddings and babies in real life, royal fever has hit a new peak in recent years. And while no-one could touch Di when it came to an athleisure moment, Princess Margaret was cutting a dash (often in Dior) on the world stage long before she and Charles had their “wedding of the century” in 1981. 

The Queen’s younger sister really hit her stride in the mid-1960s, when–with far more freedom than her duty-bound sibling, who was reigning over a nation troubled by the Cold War, the Aberfan disaster, and the devaluation of the pound–Margaret rubbed shoulders with Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren; paid a high-profile trip to the White House, and retreated to Sardinia’s Costa Smerelda or Mustique in her downtime. 

The royal responsible for easily the most decadent morning routine on record, and who infamously posed for her photographer husband Lord Snowdon wearing her wedding tiara in the bath, Princess Margaret would have celebrated her 91st birthday this week. Rediscover her influential royal style below.  

This article originally appeared on Vogue.co.uk

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