Following the announcement of their engagement, Feb. 26, Princess Margaret and Mr. Armstrong-Jones spent the?
Following the announcement of their engagement, Feb. 26, Princess Margaret and Mr. Armstrong-Jones spent the week-end with the Queen Mother at Royal Lodge, Windsor. It was here that this film was taken, the first film in which they have been seen together. The couple had successfully kept their secret from gossip-writers and cameramen alike, but from now on Mr. Armstrong-Jones will be one of the most photographed men at Royal events. He has often been behind the camera on similar occasions in the past.
It was a fine day at Royal Lodge, and the setting was perfect for the young pair to start making their wedding plans. The Princess was wearing her ruby engagement ring - ruby being a traditional symbol for success, and was looking charming in a lilac-coloured suit matching the spring-like weather.
The Queen Mother joined the couple as they appeared for the official cameramen. She had been first to announce the engagement, and said it gave her "the greatest pleasure". The pleasure has been shared in many parts of the world, judging by the flood of messages of congratulation and good wishes that has been pouring into the Royal residences in Windsor and London. There has also been further friendly comment from the world's press.
With Princess Margaret and Mr. Armstrong-Jones as they strolled on the Royal Lodge lawns were two of the Princess's dogs - Rolley, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, and Pippin, a sealynam.
Three accredited cameramen were present, but filming was interrupted when a helicopter made a brief unauthorised intrusion, flying low over Royal Lodge.
The couple's privacy on the first week-end of the engagement is being guarded by policemen posted at 50-yard intervals outside Royal Lodge grounds. Their first public appearance will be next Tuesday, when they are attending a ballet performance in London. Mr. Armstrong-Jones is shortly to move into Buckingham Palace at the invitation of the Queen and Prince Philip to make arrangements for the wedding. The date will for the wedding will be announced later.