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Princess Anne, often overlooked, plays a major role during the Queen's death

Princess Anne, often overlooked, plays a major role during the Queen’s death

LONDON – Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, has often kept a low profile in British public life, at times overshadowed by the personalities (and scandals) of her brothers.

But she is considered one of the most hard-working members of the royal family. This week, she was the only one of her siblings to accompany her mother’s coffin as it made its way on a six-hour drive through Scotland, from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh, and then on a trip to London.

“I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dear mother’s life. Ann said at A statement late on Tuesday. She said the Queen’s final-stage experience among the crowds was “humble and uplifting at the same time”, and gave her “thanks to everyone who shares our sense of loss”.

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Although she never served in the military, Anne, 72, known as the Princess Royal, holds a number of ceremonial titles and has been seen in uniform as she trotted past her mother’s motorcade in Scotland. She also took part in a traditional church vigil there, alongside her brothers Charles, Andrew and Edward. It was believed that this was the first time a woman from the royal family had done so.

Dickie Arbiter, a royal commentator and former press spokesperson for the Queen, told the Washington Post on Wednesday that Anne had “always been so hard-working, so meaningless”. “She’s been so sober and pretty cool” since her mother died last week, he added.

In Arbiter’s view, Anne was not so much “ignored” as she was “ignored” and “ignored by the media”. He noted that it would add stops on flights to and from London to pack extra work opportunities or visit charities, as she always gets home late. Describing her as a “workaholic,” he said Ann “works a lot for her charities,” adding, “She didn’t take them just to be sham.”

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Ann, who made her first public engagement as a teenager, participates in over 300 charities and army organizations, especially the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines. between the the reasons It supports domestic helpers, livestock protection, heart health, and improving public transportation. Notably, she is a longtime former president and current advocate for the nonprofit save the Children.

In addition to her royal duties and raising her children, Zara and Peter, young Anne represented her country as an accomplished equestrian.

She competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a member of the British equestrian team and continues to work to support disabled riding throughout the Commonwealth, according to to Buckingham Palace. She also took part in London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games. Her first husband, Army Captain Mark Phillips, was also an Olympic equestrian, and their daughter, Zara Tindall, followed in her parents’ footsteps.

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Anne also made the front pages in the tabloids after she was apparently reprimanded by her royal diplomatic mother constantly during President Donald Trump’s visit to the UK in 2019. Video went Widely Online, the Queen appears to be punishing her daughter with a peek when greeting Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at a Buckingham Palace reception.

“She was funny,” said Arbiter of Anne, who often shared humor with her late father, Prince Philip, of whom she was a favourite. He added that Queen Elizabeth was “proud” of her accomplishments, and the two enjoyed a “very good relationship”.

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“As the Queen gets older, [Anne] He became a wonderful companion and a great comfort to the Queen,” Arbiter said. She also has fairly good relations with her older brother Charles, despite a “tough period” after his separation from Princess Diana in 1996, he said. “Under every That, there was always a good relationship.”

This week, who is Ann Sixteenth in line To the throne, she thanked her mother for her “contribution to our national identity.” “I am also very grateful for the support and understanding extended to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the additional responsibilities of the monarch,” she added in a statement.

Anne famously refused to give her two children royal titles upon her show. She also survived an attempted kidnapping in 1974 after a gunman stopped her car near Buckingham Palace. As the attacker shouted at her to get out, She replied,“It’s not likely to be bloody,” before she finally escapes.

Like many members of the royal family, she was not immune to her romantic life advertiser In the press. She divorced Phillips in 1992 during the Queen’s so-called “Annus Horribilis” and eight months later married Timothy Laurence, a naval captain charged with looking after the royal family’s horses.

In 1989, the love letters Lawrence wrote to Anne, while she was still married Stolen and leaked into the sun Newspaper. The newspaper publicly pledged not to publish it and hand it over to British authorities, but it continued to spread speculation about the extramarital affair.

Lawrence walked behind his wife and the queen’s coffin in a procession through central London on Wednesday from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where the late queen will remain in the state until her funeral on Monday.

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Millions are expected to flock to London to catch a glimpse of the Queen’s historic farewell. The state funeral for Elizabeth’s mother takes place in Westminster Abbey In 2002, as did Princess Diana in 1997. the last monarch For a state funeral there was King George II in 1760.

After the funeral in London, Elizabeth will make her last trip to Windsor Castle, where she will be buried At St. George’s Church near Her husband, Prince PhilipThe father of King George VI.

Annabelle Timsit and Elaine Francis contributed to this report.