Rarely making the news for her many charitable achievements or the hundreds of official engagements and visits she undertakes each year, the only daughter of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh is often overshadowed by the younger members of the royal family such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two (totally adorable) children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Despite this, Princess Anne is one of the hardest working and most dedicated members of the royal family.
Princess Anne has been the busiest royal for at least three years in a row now. Often totalling over 500 engagements and official visits every year, the Queen’s only daughter continues to quietly and concertedly carry out her duties in the name of the Crown.
Educated at Benenden School in Kent, Princess Anne began carrying out public engagements when she was 18 years old. Her very first official engagement on behalf of the royal family was the opening of an educational and training centre in Shropshire in 1969.
In 2015 Princess Royal carried out an incredible 544 official engagements in total. However, in 2016, Princess Anne fulfilled an impressive 640 engagements, topping her personal best. She carried out more official events and visits than any other member of the royal family. Including the Queen!
Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator, said, “The figures show her integrity and devotion to duty. She makes herself very visible because of the extraordinary affection people have for her.”
Now, in 2017, the Princess Royal is set to beat all of her other family members once again to be crowned the hardest working royal. So far, according to data compiled by the Press Association, Princess Anne has spent 114 days attending official events and carrying out public engagements.
Her brother and the future King, Prince Charles, has only spent 87 days carrying out official engagements. The Queen has spent just 49 days carrying out engagements so far. However, this is unsurprising in light of her age and plans to slowly step back from many of her public roles and duties to slow down her hectic yearly schedule.
The official royal family website states that Princess Anne is involved with, “over 300 charities, organisations and military regiments in the UK and overseas.”
“She devotes a large part of her working life to official engagements and visits,” the Palace adds.
Princess Anne away from the public eye
Princess Anne is also a keen horsewoman, just like her mother the Queen. She was even voted the BBC’s Sports Personality in 1971 after she won the individual European Three-Day Event at Burghley.