King George's vivacious younger daughter has been a favorite of the British public ever since she first made the papers at the age of one day. In honor of Princess Margaret's forthcoming 21st birthday this month, London's Daily Express borrowed a first-reader technique to explain her life in ABCs. Sample rubrics:

A for Accomplishments: "Pretty with a promise of fun . . . composed, and never, never looks bored even when she must be."

B for Buckingham Palace and Margaret's room there: "There's nothing remotely royal about it," said a friend. "It is the...

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