Peter Townsend (Author of Duel of Eagles)There is more than one author with this name
Group Captain Peter Wooldridge Townsend, CVO, DSO, DFC and Bar, RAF was Equerry to King George VI 1944–1952 and held the same position for Queen Elizabeth II 1952–1953. Townsend is best known for his ill-fated romance with Princess Margaret. Despite his distinguished career, as a divorced man there was no chance of marriage with the princess and their relationship caused enormous controversy in the mid 1950s.
Peter Townsend spent much of his later years writing non-fiction books. His books include Earth My Friend (about driving/boating around the world alone in the mid 1950s), Duel of Eagles, (about the Battle of Britain), The Odds Against Us (also known as Duel in the Dark) (about fighting Luftwaffe night bombers in 1940-1941), The Last Emperor (A biography of King George VI), The Girl in the White Ship (about a young refugee from Vietnam in the late 1970s who was the sole survivor of her ship of refugees), The Postman of Nagasaki (about the atomic bombing of Nagasaki), and Time and Chance, (an autobiography). He also wrote many short articles and contributed to other books. [wikipedia]
Peter Townsend (RAF officer)
Group Capt. Peter Townsend, the divorced war hero forced 40 years ago by the royal family and the British Government to end his love affair with Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died in Paris on Monday night, the British Embassy said. He was 80 years old and had been ill for some time. Princess Margaret, 64, who is believed to have always considered Group Captain Townsend the great love of her life, was said by a spokesman at Buckingham Palace to be "sad" at the news of his death. The romance between the young Princess and Group Captain Townsend, a shy, handsome hero from the Battle of Britain who worked as the Queen's equerry, captured the public's imagination. Their mutual fondness became public at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in , when photographs showed the group captain and the Princess beaming at each other and laughing.
She could make you bend double with laughing; she could also touch you deeply. She was capable, in her face and her whole being, of an astonishing power of expression. It could change in an instant from saintly, almost melancholic, composure to hilarious, uncontrollable joy. Townsend and his wife. In , during the war, he married Rosemary Pawle and the following year their eldest son, Giles, was born.
When season one of The Crown first arrived on Netflix in November of , viewers were given a look inside the life of a young Queen Elizabeth II as she took to the throne. But there was another story to be told alongside the history of the monarch's reign. The Queen's fun-loving younger sister Princess Margaret stole the show.
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Townsend also had a romance with Princess Margaret. He was commissioned a pilot officer on 27 July In he was posted to No.
Princess Margaret , who has died in hospital after suffering a third stroke aged 71, was the most striking illustration of the capricious and troubled relationship that beset the British and their monarchy in the second half of the 20th Century. Not even the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, concentrated quite so many questions about the role and style of the royal family as that of Margaret Rose, second daughter of George VI, only sibling of Elizabeth II; for while both were creatures of their time, Margaret lived beyond hers into a more critical, ever less deferential era; and her life, above all, posed that essential question which Diana, in her own way, was trying to answer: what, exactly, is a princess for? It was not a question that had been much posed in any previous age; and certainly not when the princess was born, a second daughter for a second son, the Duke of York. The place of her birth, her mother's ancestral home at Glamis Castle, was a nod to more ancient royal public relations niceties the Scots were said to be greatly pleased by the gesture. But it was not to be long before more modern concerns began to press in. The little princess and her elder sister were a magnet for the burgeoning and energetic popular press.
Princess Margaret 's love affair with Peter Townsend, the Equerry to King George VI, has been documented many times before, whether on hit Netflix show The Crown or in books and programmes about the vivacious Princess. The two-part series airs on Saturday nights and focuses on Margaret's life as she redefined what it meant to be a modern princess. Before marrying Anthony Armstrong-Jones and welcoming two children with him, Margaret's first love was Peter Townsend. But what do we know about the man behind the ill-fated romance? He then held the same position with Queen Elizabeth until Peter married his first wife, Rosemary Pawle, in and the pair had two sons, Giles and Hugo. Unfortunately, things were considerably more complicated with Peter, since divorcees weren't allowed to remarry in the Church of England, which Princess Margaret's sister was the head of.