Another thing I did on the weekend was watch a BBC adapted for television film called "The Queen's Sister" about Margaret Rose, the Queen of England's late sister. I'm a bit of a sucker for gossipy bio-pics. The drawing to the left, which is now in my shop as a small print, was inspired by the Queen's sister and is called Margaret.
Margaret in her prime was a real beauty with an 18-inch waist and sparkling blue eyes.
She was madly in love with Peter Townsend, the king's equerry (a kind of personal attendant to the King)when she was barely out of her teens but when he proposed, Parliament and the church said "No" because he was a divorced man. Eventually, after several dalliances, she married high society photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones. Here they are at their wedding in 1960.
Antony Armstrong-Jones was made Lord Snowdon and Margaret became Princess Margaret, Countess Snowdon. Antony introduced her to the groovy people of London's social scene people like Mick Jagger, Peter Sellers, Rudolf Nureyev e.t.c. Here's a rather fetching photo her husband took of her in the bath.
They divorced in 1978 and Margaret's health deteriorated after a lifetime of heavy smoking and too many late nights out partying. She died in 2002.
I thought this bio-pic would be fun and racy and capture a bit of the swinging sixties but it was a bit flat and tedious and ultimately a disappointment. It didn't paint a very good portrait of Margaret at all and I think you need to make your main character at least a little endearing in order for the viewer to identify with them. The Margaret in this film was an utter boozy bore who destroyed every party she attended with her insistence upon singing and staggering around like a drunkard. You were cheering for Antony's team which is not right because he, I've read, was not the most pleasant of character's either.
Anyway, I don't care how bad it was because my boyfriend brought home season two of MAD MEN last night YIPPPEEE!!! I'm saving it for the weekend!!
Happy hump day everyone!!