The Future Queen Elizabeth And Princess Margaret, 1946

May 11, 2021

In this colorized photograph from 1946, we don’t see the Queen of England and a spoiled party-girl princess. We see Elizabeth and Margaret, two sisters who are as close as two sisters can be, despite the different paths their lives would take and their contrasting personalities. 

This colorized picture shows sisters Elizabeth and Margaret after WWII but about 6 years before Elizabeth became queen. (klimbim)

The older sister, of course, would one day become Queen Elizabeth II, the longest serving monarch in history. The younger sister, Princess Margaret, would lead the life of a royal wild child with very few responsibilities and way too much time on her hands. Here is a glimpse inside the royal sisterhood of Elizabeth and Margaret. 

The Tale of Two Sisters

Princess Elizabeth (right) and Princess Margaret playing with their pet chameleon in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)

Elizabeth, the first child of Albert Frederick Arthur George, or Bertie as he was known, and his wife, Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, was born in 1926. Four years later, the couple had another daughter, Margaret. Bertie and Elizabeth were not your average British couple. Bertie was the younger brother of Edward VIII, the King of the United Kingdom. As a prince himself, Bertie’s daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret, grew up as princesses, albeit somewhat removed from the royal spotlight. That all changed by a twist of fate.