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"When referring to the woman I love, and who loves me and is soon to be my wife, I'll call her what I damn well like. Her name is Margaret"
—Townsend to the Royal Banishment Panel[src]

Group Captain Peter Townsend is portrayed by actor Ben Miles

Character

Townsend is a former Group Captain in the Royal Air Force and fought in WW2. He now works as equerry to King George VI and is married with two children, but entertains an ongoing affair with Princess Margaret.

Season 1

Townsend seems comfortable in his relationship with King George VI, bandying about crude jokes to relax the King, an efforts which favours his position among the King's court.