59 Facts About Anne, Princess Royal


Anne, Princess Royal is a member of the British royal family.


Anne Princess Royal is the second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the only sister of King Charles III.


Anne Princess Royal became a respected equestrian, winning one gold medal in 1971 and two silver medals in 1975 at the European Eventing Championships.


In 1988, the Princess Royal became a member of the International Olympic Committee.


Anne Princess Royal is patron or president of over 300 organisations, including WISE, Riders for Health, and Carers Trust.


Anne Princess Royal has been associated with Save the Children for over fifty years and has visited a number of its projects.


Anne Princess Royal married Captain Mark Phillips in 1973; they separated in 1989 and divorced in 1992.


Anne Princess Royal was born at Clarence House on 15 August 1950 at 11:50 am during the reign of her maternal grandfather, King George VI.


Anne Princess Royal was the second child and only daughter of Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.


Anne Princess Royal was baptised in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace on 21 October 1950, by the Archbishop of York, Cyril Garbett.


Anne Princess Royal rose to second in 1952 after her grandfather's death and her mother's accession; she is currently 17th in line.


Anne Princess Royal was active until 1963, when Anne went to boarding school.


Anne Princess Royal began to undertake royal engagements in 1969, at the age of 18.


In 1970, Anne Princess Royal briefly had a relationship with Andrew Parker Bowles, who later married Camilla Shand.


In spring 1971, Princess Anne finished fourth at the Rushall Horse Trials.


At age 21, Anne Princess Royal won the individual title at the European Eventing Championship with her home-bred horse Doublet and was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1971.


Anne Princess Royal rode winners in horse racing, competing in the Grand Military Steeplechase in Sandown Park Racecourse and Diamond Stakes at Royal Ascot.


Anne Princess Royal suffered a concussion halfway through the course but remounted and finished the event; she has stated she cannot remember making the rest of the jumps.


Anne Princess Royal finished fourth at the Badminton Horse Trials in 1974 and sixth in 1979, having participated five times in the competition between 1971 and 1979.


Anne Princess Royal assumed the presidency of the Federation Equestre Internationale from 1986 until 1994.


Anne Princess Royal met Mark Phillips, a lieutenant in the 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards, in 1968 at a party for horse lovers.


In 1989, the existence of private letters from Laurence to the Anne Princess Royal was revealed by The Sun newspaper.


Anne Princess Royal visited Beaton in hospital and thanked him for his assistance.


The attempted kidnapping of Princess Anne is the focus of the Granada Television-produced docudrama To Kidnap a Princess and inspired story lines in Tom Clancy's novel Patriot Games.


Anne Princess Royal undertakes a number of duties and engagements on behalf of the sovereign.


Anne Princess Royal began to undertake overseas visits upon leaving secondary school, and accompanied her parents on a state visit to Austria in the same year.


Anne Princess Royal is involved with over 200 charities and organisations in an official capacity.


Anne Princess Royal has visited the organisation's projects in Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Anne Princess Royal initiated The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in 1991.


Anne Princess Royal is the patron of Transaid, a charity founded by Save the Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport which aims to provide safe and sustainable transport in developing countries.


Anne Princess Royal is the royal patron of WISE, an organisation that encourages young women to pursue careers in science, engineering and construction.


Anne Princess Royal is patron of St Andrew's First Aid.


Anne Princess Royal is a British representative in the International Olympic Committee as an administrator, and was a member of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.


Anne Princess Royal serves as president of the British Olympic Association.


Anne Princess Royal was president of BAFTA from 1973 to 2001.


Anne Princess Royal maintains a relationship with student sport and is the patron of British Universities and Colleges Sport.


Anne Princess Royal has been patron of the Royal National Children's Foundation since 2002 and the industrial heritage museum, Aerospace Bristol, since 2016.


Anne Princess Royal is a Royal Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences.


Anne Princess Royal Fellows are members of the royal family who are recommended and elected by the Society's Council.


Anne Princess Royal is the Academy of Medical Sciences' first Royal Fellow.


Anne Princess Royal was elected Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh effective 31 March 2011, succeeding her father, who stepped down from the role in 2010.


Anne Princess Royal has been the president of the Commonwealth Study Conference, an initiative founded by her father.


Anne Princess Royal is patron of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Royal College of Midwives, Magpas Air Ambulance, Edinburgh University's Royal School of Veterinary Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London, International Students House, London, Acid Survivors Trust International, Townswomen's Guilds, Citizens Advice, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the Scottish Rugby Union.


Anne Princess Royal represented Great Britain in the International Olympic Committee at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.


In September 2016, the Anne Princess Royal had a chest infection and was required to cancel official engagements.


On 12 September 2022, in St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, Anne Princess Royal became the first woman to participate in a Vigil of the Princes, guarding her mother's coffin.


Anne Princess Royal spurred controversy for telling photographers to "naff off" at the Badminton Horse Trials in 1982.


Vanity Fair wrote that Anne Princess Royal "has a reputation for having inherited her father's famously sharp tongue and waspish wit".


Tominey wrote that Anne Princess Royal's public role is a "contradiction of both protocol taskmaster and occasional rule-breaker".


Reportedly, Anne Princess Royal "insists on doing her own make-up and hair" and drives herself to engagements, having pleaded guilty to two separate speeding fines on account of being late.


Anne Princess Royal's reputation is coupled with her advocacy for causes out of the mainstream, such as Wetwheels Foundation's commitment to accessible sailing and the National Lighthouse Museum.


British Vogue editor Edward Enninful has said that "Princess Anne is a true style icon and was all about sustainable fashion before the rest of us really knew what that meant".


Anne Princess Royal's style has been noted for its timelessness; she relies almost solely on British fashion brands, with tweed and tailored suits as her hallmarks.


Anne Princess Royal is known for recycling outfits, such as her floral-print dress worn both to the wedding of the Prince of Wales in 1981 and the wedding of Lady Rose Windsor in 2008.


Anne Princess Royal is the patron of UK Fashion and Textile Association.


Anne Princess Royal has been noted for wearing "bold patterns and vibrant pops of colour".


Anne Princess Royal presented the Queen Elizabeth II award for British design at London Fashion Week in 2020.


Anne Princess Royal has appeared on three British Vogue covers; after first appearing on the 1971 September issue at age 21, she featured in the May and November 1973 issues, commemorating her engagement to Mark Phillips.


Anne Princess Royal was featured in the cover story for the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair.