To Top

Princess Anne to visit France

The Princess Royal will undertake a day-long visit to France next month to watch an international rugby match between France and Scotland.

In the capacity of Patron of the Scottish Rugby Union, Princess Anne will attend the rugby match at the famous Stade de France in Saint Denis.

The match, which is part of the Rugby  Six Nations tournament, will take place on February 12th at 3pm.

The Queen’s daughter is set for an exciting game between the two countries. Last year, Scotland ended a 10-match losing streak against France with a score of 29-18 during the 2016 championship.

Princess Anne has been Patron of Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) for around 30 years.

The Scottish Football Union, as it was known at the time, 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.

A spokesperson for the SRU said: “The Princess Royal is a long-standing and committed supporter of Scottish rugby. 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.”

More in Princess Anne & Family

Royal Central is the web's most popular source for the latest news and information on the British Royal Family and the Monarchies of Europe.

Subscribe via Email

To receive the latest Royal Central posts straight to your email inbox, enter your email address below and press subscribe.

Join 36,373 other subscribers.

Copyright © 2018 Royal Central, all rights reserved.