With all the fuss about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge being made every time a new engagement is announced, it’s worth reflecting sometimes that despite their public appearance, and the media coverage of their appearances, they are by no means the most active members of the Royal Family. Indeed now, it is often the most active members who are overlooked.
Princess Anne has been performing royal engagements non-stop for most of her life. She has the most number of charitable patronages for any member of the Royal Family and every year performs more engagements than any other member of the Royal Family, almost doubling her nearest rival in some years.
Despite her enormous number of engagements and undeniably good work, coverage even of her most choicest engagements are shunned.
Could this be because she is only 12th in line to the throne? Probably not. The most likely reason is what she does has become so frequent that it is no longer newsworthy, which is sad in a way because the Princess Royal is one of the Royal Family’s best assets, and the public doesn’t even know it!
According to our figures, The Princess Royal has been the hardest working royal for the past two years running – having conducted more engagements than any other member of her family on 2015 and 2016. In prior years, she has always finished in 2nd, behind Prince Charles.
Really, Princess Anne doesn’t receive enough thanks for the work she does, without which the Royal Family certainly wouldn’t be the same!