Princess Alexandra returned to work on Tuesday following almost three months away from royal duties due to recovering from a broken wrist.
The Honourable Lady Ogilvy hosted a reception at St. James’s Palace to mark the fifteenth anniversary of Crisis UK, a homelessness charity of which she is Patron of.
Prior to this engagement, the 80-year-old Princess was last seen in public on January 25th when she attended a concert by the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in London.
It is unknown when the Princess broke her wrist, although it became public knowledge in March when she was forced to cancel a series of public engagements.
At the time a source told the Daily Express that Princess Alexandra was “feeling well” and was hoping for “a swift recovery.”
Buckingham Palace said: “Unfortunately, Princess Alexandra has been forced to cancel some engagements due to a broken wrist.”
The Queen’s cousin has been decreasing the amount of work she does over the past few years, however, there is no talk of retirement.
In 2013, Princess Alexandra missed a month of royal engagements after being diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR).
This is a condition where the muscles become inflamed, leading to stiffness and agonising pain. In extreme cases, it can lead to blindness, however, it can be treated with prescribed medication.
Princess Alexandra is the mother of two and a grandmother of four. She lives in Richmond Park and has been a pillar in upholding her royal duties. The Queen relies on her support and attendance, which the quiet royal has carried out faithfully for decades. Even after the death of her husband in 2004, she insisted on maintaining a full schedule.