Princess Anne, known as the Princess Royal since she was given the title by The Queen in June 1987, is probably one of the most underrated members of the royal family.

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.

Princess Anne and the royal family on the balcony at Buckingham PalaceDespite 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.

And that impressive achievement has only continued as she’s got older, as it’s been revealed that she is one of the royals who racked up the most official engagements in in 2017!

This past year, the Queen’s daughter has even racked up more appearances than Prince Philip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry put together!

She boasts a whopping 455 engagements completed this year – with a further 85 events abroad. That means she completed over 540 events in total. Pretty impressive!

However, Prince Charles very slightly pipped his sister to the post, having completed 546 in total in 2017. The King-to-be has evidently upped his workload, as his mother the Queen slows down her duties following her 91st birthday.

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.

Princess Anne September 1969

 Since then, Princess Anne’s busy schedule of engagements and visits has seen her travel the length and breadth of the UK, as well as all over the world.

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!

The Princess Royal, Patron of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) Benevolent Trust, attends their annual general meeting at Fleet Air Arm Museum. During the meeting HRH gave a speech in support of the Trust's work, which supports anyone who served in the WRNS, amounting to 143,000 women. Following the AGM The Princess met a number of WRNS members and guests during a reception where she received a Posy from Medical Assistant Helen Elder, a serving representative based at RNAS Yeovilton. The WRNS Benevolent Trust was founded in 1942 to help in cases of hardship among the thousands of women who served in the Women's Royal Naval Service.

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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.

Princess Anne 2017Her 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.

As President of Save The Children, Princess Anne has visited countries such as China, Cambodia, Botswana, Madagascar and The Philippines on more than one occasion. Save the Children UK was one of the first ever charities the Princess Royal became closely associated with at the beginning of her royal working life. She has supported the charity tireless ever since.

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

When she’s not working on behalf of the royal family, Princess Anne devotes time to her three grandchildren. Savannah and Isla Phillips, the daughters of her son Peter Mark Phillips, and little Mia Tindall, the only child of her daughter Zara’s.

Princess Anne and granddaughter MiaPrincess 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.

Just like the rest of the royal family, Princess Anne didn’t choose to be royalty. However, despite the path of her life being defined by her ancestry, Princess Anne continues to carry out her duties with dignity, grace and diligence. And, for that, she has our upmost respect.