The Princess Royal presented the Calcutta Cup to Scotland on Saturday evening after they beat England during the Rugby International at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.
After presenting the cup, she and Sir Tim Laurence went down into the Scottish team’s dressing room to congratulate the players individually.
The BBC’s Sports Correspondent, Sonja McLaughlan, tweeted: “Currently sitting outside Scottish dressing room. So far HRH [Princess Anne], JK Rowling & Nicola Sturgeon have emerged. Standby for player selfies.”
The Scottish coach, Gregor Townsend, added on air that Princess Anne joined the Frist Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, in the dressing room to drink champagne from the Calcutta Cup.
Scotland scored three tries to beat England for the first time since 2008.
Huw Jones scored two tries, with Sean Maitland getting another – Scotland’s first against England at home in 14 years.
The Princess Royal has been Patron of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) for over 30 years.
The Scottish Football Union, as it was known then, was founded in 1873, ahead of the formation of the International Rugby Football Board in 1886. The very first rugby international match was played at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh, on a cricket field. This tradition persisted, and all international matches in Scotland were played on cricket fields, until 1897, when the Scottish Football Union bought land at Inverleith.
Inverleith was the home of Scottish Rugby until the Murrayfield Stadium was built in 1925. Shortly before the completion of the stadium, the SFU changed its name to the Scottish Rugby Union. Princess Anne has been a regular visitor to Murrayfield since the 1980’s and watches team Scotland play multiple times a year.
“The Princess Royal is a long-standing and committed supporter of Scottish rugby,” said a spokesperson for the SRU.
“We were greatly honoured when she performed the official opening of the East Stand at Murrayfield in 1983 and were absolutely delighted when she became our patron in the 1986-7 season. She has been a most welcome visitor to Murrayfield in her capacity as our patron in every season since.”