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15 of Princess Margaret’s best style moments

Summary List PlacementWhile sitting for a royal portrait, Princess Margaret stunned in a gauzy, white ball gown with sequined butterfly appliques. The royal, who was just 14 years old when she sat for the portrait, also wore a matching pearl bracelet and necklace. For the reopening of a college in 1949, Princess Margaret wore a striking polka dot dress with a heart-shaped neckline and white accessories. The 18-year-old princess attended the re-opening of the Women's Resident Training college in 1949 after it was damaged in the Blitz in World War II. While attending a film premiere in 1951, Princess Margaret turned heads in a...

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While sitting for a royal portrait, Princess Margaret stunned in a gauzy, white ball gown with sequined butterfly appliques.

The royal, who was just 14 years old when she sat for the portrait, also wore a matching pearl bracelet and necklace.

For the reopening of a college in 1949, Princess Margaret wore a striking polka dot dress with a heart-shaped neckline and white accessories.

The 18-year-old princess attended the re-opening of the Women’s Resident Training college in 1949 after it was damaged in the Blitz in World War II.

While attending a film premiere in 1951, Princess Margaret turned heads in a fur coat and white gloves.

Gloves are commonplace for most royals to wear on public outings when they will be shaking a lot of hands.

In this portrait taken for the princess’ 26th birthday, she wore a one-shoulder gown with floral appliques.

During the 1950s, Princess Margaret was a fan of Christian Dior’s “new look” silhouette, which featured a pulled-in waist and flouncy skirt. 

For her wedding to Lord Snowdon in 1960, the princess wore a long-sleeved, silk organza gown.

The wedding gown was designed by Norman Hartnell, a favorite designer among the royals, and was noticeably simple compared to other royal wedding gowns. It featured no embroidery, appliques, or other adornments, but instead focused on the striking V-neckline. 

While attending a wedding at Westminster Abbey in 1962, Princess Margaret wore a purple coat and coordinating floral dress.

Princess Margaret was a fan of hair bows and wore them frequently. She also accessorized her look with a chic black crocodile handbag.

Princess Margaret wore a feminine pink gown to attend a Dockland Ball in 1962.

Princess Margaret’s style was noticeably more revealing and modern than her sister Queen Elizabeth’s.

Princess Margaret never shied away from a monochrome ensemble.

While visiting Jamaica in 1962 to grant the country its independence, the royal was photographed wearing a colorful yellow dress and matching feather hat.

While visiting the Bahamas, Princess Margaret wore a colorful above-the-knee printed dress.

The dress was noticeably casual for royals of that era. Princess Margaret also topped off the look with one of her signature hair bows.

Princess Margaret, photographed with her husband, opted for a black-and-white plaid coat and matching hat during an outing in 1970.

It was a major style trend in the late 1960s and early ’70s to coordinate one’s hat and outfit – and is still a favorite trend among royals today

While attending the Royal Ballet at the Met in New York City in 1974, Princess Margaret wore a beaded, white gown and sheer cape.

The look was in tune with 1970s fashion trends, which featured looser silhouettes and flowy fabrics.

While celebrating the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday in 1990, Princess Margaret wore a stunning aqua-colored gown.

During her later life, Princess Margaret was a fan of capes and gowns with long sleeves — though she still embraced color in her style.

In 1990, Princess Margaret wore a white puff-sleeved dress to an event.

She paired the look with a matching mask.

Princess Margaret had friendly relationships with big-name fashion designers like Oscar de la Renta.

She was also close with famed French fashion designer Christian Dior, whom the young princess met in 1949. 

“She crystallised the whole popular frantic interest in royalty,” Dior wrote of the princess in his autobiography “Dior by Dior,” according to Another Magazine. “She was a real fairy-tale princess, delicate, graceful, exquisite.”

Even into her later years, Princess Margaret kept her signature style.

Whether it was for a feather hat, a monochromatic colorful look, or stunning ball gown, Princess Margaret — who passed away in 2002, aged 71 — was regarded as a royal style icon, and still is to this day.

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