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The scandalous history of Adelaide Cottage on Windsor Castle Estate


As royal residences go, Adelaide Cottage has neither the proportions nor grandeur of its larger, more illustrious neighbour.

But what it lacks in stature, this picture-postcard cottage standing in the shadows of Windsor Castle more than makes up for in its intriguing role in one of the best-known love affairs of the 20th century.

For back in the years following the Second World War, Adelaide Cottage was the grace-and-favour home of Group Captain Peter Townsend.

He, of course, was the dashing RAF pilot and later equerry to King George VI who would precipitate a scandal, becoming the divorced lover of Princess Margaret.

Princess Margaret, pictured centre, had a scandalous affair with Group Captain Peter Townsend, pictured left, wearing sunglasses at the Farborough Air Show

Princess Margaret, pictured centre, had a scandalous affair with Group Captain Peter Townsend, pictured left, wearing sunglasses at the Farborough Air Show

Adelaide Cottage is only a short walk from Windsor Castle and is on the 655 acre estate

Adelaide Cottage is only a short walk from Windsor Castle and is on the 655 acre estate

Back when it was built in 1831 by King William IV for his wife Queen Adelaide, the cottage was a day retreat for…



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