Princess Margaret along with her husband Lord Snowdon went on a brief tour of the United States in 1965 to visit numerous cities and at the end of their journey they attended a black tie dinner at the White House was hosted by President Johnson and First Lady Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson.
However, the special dinner of royal couple is showed in the third season of The Crown, which premiered on Netflix on November 17, precisely 54 years after the historic occasion.
In the second episode is titled “Margaretology,” features Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret and Ben Daniels as Snowdon on their trip stateside.
By following the official details of Margaret’s trip followed accurate set of rules, we learned about her reputation as a royal rebel, who had a memorable journey with her husband during the more than a one country visit.
Nonetheless, Princess Margaret and Snowdon’s hard partying and negative press brought a bad impression on British diplomats, who disqualified the princess from making a return visit to the United States in the 1970s.
On November 4, the royal couple arrived on the west coast landing in San Francisco alongside 16-person associates and 75 pieces of luggage. Afterwards, she with her husband went on Los Angeles tour for some days, where they visited Universal Studios and enjoyed a party offered by socialite Sharman Douglas.
Some A-listed celebrities like Natalie Wood, Richard Burton, Judy Garland, Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor, Fred Astaire, and Grace Kelly were attendees. Nevertheless, at some moments Margaret’s behavior at the party caused disturbance for several feathers including Judy Garland and Grace Kelly.
The royal couple next moved towards Arizona on their four days trip, where they both spent Margaret and Snowdon stayed first in Tucson at the home of Lewis W. Douglas, former Ambassador to the Court of St. James under Harry S. Truman as the Douglas’s daughter was a friend of Princess Margaret and after that a ranch in Sonoita.
At the end, the couple reached Andrews Air Force Base in Washington D.C. concluding their trip on November 15.
One most important things about their trip is that Margaret and Snowdon’s route including all the glamorous information of the White House dinner was preserved in the collections at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.