Princess Anne and Queen Elizabeth


Anne, Princess Royal is the only daughter and second child of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021). Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise was born on 15 August 1950.

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The then Princess Elizabeth with her two children, Princess Anne and Prince Charles

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The Princess was baptised in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace on 21 October 1950.

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Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) holding her daughter Princess Anne at her christening in Buckingham Palace, with the Duke of Edinburgh at her side.

The Princess Royal has one older brother Prince Charles of Wales (1948) and two younger brothers Prince Andrew, Duke of York (1960) and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (1964).

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Prince Charles and Princess Anne sitting outside the Welsh House, a miniature house donated to the Royal Family by the people of Wales in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire on April 7, 1954.

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The Princess and her siblings Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Princess Anne’s First Marriage

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh announced the engagement of their daughter Princess Anne and Mark Phillips on 29 May 1973.

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The Princess Royal and Mark Phillips have announced their engagement in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Left to right: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Mark Phillips, Princess Anne, Mrs Anna Phillips, Mother of the groom, Queen Elizabeth II and Major Peter William Garside Phillips, father of the groom.

Mark Phillips presented Princess Anne with a Garrard engagement ring made from sapphire and diamond.

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Princess Anne and her fiance, Mark Phillips.

On 14 November 1973, Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips, at Westminster Abbey in London.

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HRH Princess Anne and captain Mark Phillips wave to the crowd from the Buckingham Palace balcony aftre their wedding at Westminster Abbey.

Anne wore a high-necked and high-waisted dress designed by Maureen Baker and the Queen Mary Fringe Tiara.

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After the wedding Queen Elizabeth II bought the country residence of Gatcombe Park for Anne, Princess Royal and it’s located between the villages of Minchinhampton and Avening in Gloucestershire, England.

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Gatcombe Park In Gloucestershire – The Country Home of Princess Anne Circa 1990.

Princess Anne’s Olympic Games

In 1976, Princess Anne was the first member of the British Royal Family to have competed in the Olympic Games. She participated in Montreal Olympic Games in Canada, when she rode The Queen’s horse, Goodwill.

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Princess Anne riding Goodwill during the three-day event competition in which she placed 26th at the Summer Olympic Games in Montreal in July 1976.

Princess Anne’s Children

Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips (he was made acting captain by the start of 1974) have two children, Peter Mark Andrew Phillips (born 15 November 1977) and Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips (born 15 May 1981).

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Christening of Master Peter Mark Andrew Phillips at Buckingham Palace.

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Princess Anne leaves St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, with her three day-old baby daughter, Zara Phillips, London, 18th May 1981.

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Princess Anne with her children Peter and Zara and Queen Elizabeth II at the Windsor Horse Show on May 11, 1985 in Windsor, Berkshire, England.

The Captain and the Princess Royal divorced on 23 April 1992.

Princess Anne’s Second Marriage

On 12 December 1992, The Princess Royal married Timothy Laurence in a private service at Crathie Kirk, near Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The couple have no children.

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Timothy Laurence and the Princess Royal after their wedding at Crathie Church, near Balmoral.

Princess Anne’s Granddaughters

Princess Anne has four granddaughters and one grandson: Savannah, Isla, Mia, Lena and Lucas.

Princess Anne’s son Peter Philips married Autumn Kelly at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on 17 May 2008. The couple confirmed the news of their separation in February 2020.

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Wedding of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly.

Peter and Autumn Phillips has two daughters:

  • Savannah Anne Kathleen Phillips, The Queen’s first great-grandchild (born 29 December 2010).
  • Isla Elizabeth Phillips (born 29 March 2012).
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Princess Anne and granddaughter Savannah Phillips.

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The Princess with Savannah and Isla Phillips.

Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips married Mike Tindall at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland on 30 July 2011.

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Captain Mark Phillips and Zara Phillips arrive for the Royal wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.

Zara and Mike Tindall has two daughters and one son:

  • Mia Grace Tindall born on 17 January 2014.
  • Lena Elizabeth Tindall born 1on 8 June 2018.
  • Lucas Tindall born on 21 March 2021.
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Mia Tindall and grandmother Princess Anne.

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Lena Tindall

Princess Anne’s Charity Work

The Princess Royal is one of the most hardworking members of the British Royal Family. She is known for her charitable work, and is a patron of over 200 organisations.

Anne undertakes a number of duties and engagements on behalf of her mother and travels abroad on behalf of the United Kingdom.

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The Princess Royal Paid Tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh

The beloved father of Princess Anne, The Duke of Edinburgh, passed away on 9 April 2021 at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle.

Following the death of her father, The Princess Royal, shared the next message:

“You know it’s going to happen but you are never really ready. My father has been my teacher, my supporter and my critic, but mostly it is his example of a life well lived and service freely given that I most wanted to emulate. His ability to treat every person as an individual in their own right with their own skills comes through all the organizations with which he was involved.

I regard it as an honour and a privilege to have been asked to follow in his footsteps and it has been a pleasure to have kept him in touch with their activities. I know how much he meant to them, in the UK, across the Commonwealth and in the wider world.

I would like to emphasize how much the family appreciate the messages and memories of so many people whose lives he also touched. We will miss him but he leaves a legacy which can inspire us all”.

Anne, Princess Royal
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Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh console their daughter Princess Anne, after the christening at Buckingham Palace.

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Princess Elizabeth, with the Duke of Edinburgh, and their two children, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne, in the grounds of Clarence House.

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King Faisal II of Iraq (1935 – 1958) and the Prince Regent (‘Abd al-Ilah) walking in the grounds of Balmoral Castle in Scotland, whilst a guest of Queen Elizabeth II, 26th September 1952. From left to right, the Queen, King Faisal, the Prince Regent, Princess Anne and the Duke of Edinburgh.

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Princess Anne competes in the Badminton Horse Trials, UK, 26th April 1971. Here she is pictured with her father, the Duke of Edinburgh.

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