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A look back at Princess Anne’s royal year


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Princess Anne is regularly one of the busiest members of the Royal Family, completing hundreds of engagements every year – both in support of The Queen and reflecting the many charities and organisations of which the Princess is associated. As we reach the end of 2019, we look at a small selection of the engagements that the Princess has completed this year.

January

During this month, Princess Anne visited the Ripley offices of the Derbyshire Carers Association, to mark the 30th anniversary of the organisation, which were set up to support those who care for friends and family.

The Princess also visited the mid-Derbyshire group for Riding for the Disabled Association, near Matlock, which was marking its 40th anniversary. Princess Anne became their Patron in 1971 and the President of the organisation in 1985.

As President of the Royal Yachting Association, the Princess visited Toddbrook Sailing Club to mark their 60th anniversary. The Princess also visited the Royal Harwich Yacht Club in Woolverstone, Ipswich, to mark its 175th anniversary.

Princess Anne is also the Chancellor of the University of London, and during this month hosted a reception at St James’s Palace to mark 150 years of the admittance of women to English universities. In 1868, the University of London was the first to offer women the chance to sit a special examination to gain entrance.

February

In February, the Princess was in attendance for a luncheon hosted by The Queen for the King and Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and The Crown Prince.

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As President of Victim Support Scotland, the Princess attended a reception for Bereaved Families in Glasgow, and as the Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, opened the Physicians’ International Conference Centre in Edinburgh.

The Princess Royal, in her capacity as Patron of the Scottish Rugby Union, attended Six Nations matches in Scotland and Paris.

The Princess also held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace, on behalf of The Queen.

March

The Princess Royal, along with other members of the Royal Family, attended a Buckingham Palace reception, hosted by The Queen held in honour of the 50th anniversary of the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.

As Patron of Victim Support, the Princess visited the National Inbound Call Centre, and as Chancellor of University of London, visited the UK Dementia Research Institute at University College London. The Princess signed a book of condolence at New Zealand House for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

The Princess attended further Six Nations matches and attended the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The Princess’ fourth grandchild, Lena Tindall, was christened in a private ceremony in Gloucestershire. Lena is the second daughter of Mike and Zara Tindall.  

April

During this month, the Princess Royal attended The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery 41-gun Salute to mark the 93rd birthday of HM The Queen, in Hyde Park.

As Master of the Corporation of Trinity House, the Princess visited Baily Lighthouse, Howth Head, County Dublin and attended a dinner onboard ILV GRANUAILE.

The Princess attended a reception at Windsor Castle, hosted by The Queen, to mark the Centenary of the National Council for voluntary organisations. The Princess Royal received the City Lit Centenary Fellowship Award in recognition of her commitment to lifelong learning.

May

The Princess attended the annual Service of Royal Victorian Order at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle along with The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.

During this month, Princess Anne represented The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the State Funeral of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg in Notre-Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg. The Princess also attended a reception in the garden of Buckingham Palace for young people who had achieved the ‘Gold’ standard in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

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Princess Anne attended a Gala Dinner to celebrate the restoration of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich and at the end of May, the Princess carried out engagements in Estonia, including a visit to Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn. The Princess Royal laid wreaths at the Estonian War Memorial and the Commonwealth War Graves at the Defence Forces Cemetery of Tallinn.

June

During this month, the Princess attended Trooping the Colour, which is The Queen’s annual Birthday Parade. As Colonel of The Blues and Royals, the Princess rode out as part of the parade, later joining The Queen and the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the flypast.

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The Princess also took the salute in Salisbury during the march past on National Armed Forces Day and as Patron of Save the Children UK, held a Centenary Summer Tea Party at Frogmore House, Windsor.

The Princess visited Switzerland in her capacity as a member of the International Olympic Committee and Chairman of the International Olympic Committee Members Election Commission. The Princess also opened the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Visitors Centre, Rue Angele Ricard, Beaurains.

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The Princess attended the Order of the Garter Service at Windsor Castle, the annual racing at Royal Ascot and visited UK troops in Estonia.

July

During this month, the Princess attended the opening of the terminal extension at London Luton Airport and dedicated the Forest of Marston Vale to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

Other engagements included opening the International Youth Science Forum at the Royal Geographical Society and as Patron of the Not Forgotten Association, the Princess attended the Amazonian Kayak 2020 Reception at the Honourable Artillery Company.

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Princess Anne also visited the War Memorial Village, Shelton Lock, Derby, to mark its 70th anniversary and opened renovated facilities at St Martin’s Church and Community Centre in Derby. Whilst in the region, the Princess visited Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Fire Service Joint Headquarters, Ripley.

August

Official engagements were much quieter during August, and the Princess celebrated her 69th birthday on the 15th of August.

September

During September, Princess Anne attended a Freedom of the City of Chester Parade for HMS Albion and attended a reception at Chester Town Hall to mark its 150th Anniversary. The Princess also attended a service in Chester Cathedral to mark the exercising of the Freedom of the City of Chester by the Captain and Ship’s company of HMS Albion.

As Commandment in Chief (Youth) of St John Ambulance, Princess Anne opened a regional hub in West Bromwich and as Patron of Catch22, presented apprenticeship awards at the Automobile Association Headquarters, West Midlands.

As Patron of The Royal College of Midwives, the Princess visited South Lakes Birth Centre at Furness General Hospital, Barrow in Furness and as Colonel of The Blue and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons), visited Salisbury, Wiltshire. The Princess is the Patron of Longhope Lifeboat Museum Trust, which she visited and laid a wreath at the lifeboat memorial.

October

During October, Princess Anne carried out a number of engagements in Japan, where she also attended Rugby World Cup Pool Matches. Whilst in Japan, the Princess also visited the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Hodogaya Cemetery.

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The Princess attended a reception to mark the 300th anniversary of the Chairman of History at Playfair Library Hall, in Edinburgh and visited as Colonel in Chief, the 154 (Scottish) Regiment Royal Logistics Corp in Dunfermline.

In Portsmouth, the Princess attended a Service of Remembrance and unveiled a memorial stone to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the loss of HMS Royal Oak.

November

The Princess attended the annual Festival of Remembrance, at the Royal Albert Hall, along with other members of the Royal Family and in the presence of The Queen. The Princess also attended the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, in London, on Remembrance Sunday.

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As Colonel in Chief of The Royal Logistics Corp, Princess Anne visited 13 Air Assault Support Regiment at Merville Barracks, Colchester, Essex.

Other engagements during the month included attending the National Breeding Centre in Saunderton as Patron of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, and as President of the British Olympic Association, attended a Team GB Ball at Old Billingsgate Walk, London.

Princess Anne also attended a series of engagements in East Anglia – as President of Racing Welfare, opening Summerhill House, in Newmarket; visiting Livability Icanho in Stowmarket, and visiting the Global Research Headquarters of British Telecommunications, in Martlesham Heath.

As Royal Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Princess Anne attended a dinner for New Fellows at Drapers Hall, in the City of London and attended a reception at Buckingham Palace for recently retired and appointed Lord-Lieutenants, which was hosted by The Queen.

December

During December, Princess Anne attended a NATO Reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by The Queen. Other engagements this month included attending the Art for Youth London Reception at the Mall Galleries as patron of UK Youth and as Patron of St Andrew’s First Aid, presenting volunteer awards at the Corinthian Club, Glasgow.

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The Princess, who is the Fourth Warden in the Company of Fishmongers, visited Drapers Hall in the City of London to meet with staff from Fishmongers Hall who were affected by the London Bridge terror attack. Princess Anne is also the Patron of the Not Forgotten Association, and held a reception for the organisation at St James’s Palace.

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Towards the end of December, the Princess attended the Sports Personality of the Year Awards and attended a church service at Sandringham on Christmas Day, with The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.