The Princess Royal has received two military promotions ahead of her 70th birthday tomorrow.
The Queen has approved the promotion of her daughter in the Royal Army and Royal Air Force. The Princess was promoted to the rank of general in the Army and air chief marshal in the Air Force. The appointments bring her ranks in-line in the Army and Air Force with her rank in the Royal Navy.
Princess Anne has been an admiral in the Royal Navy for a number of years.
About her promotions, the Ministry of Defence stressed that the royal has been “hugely supportive” of the British Armed Forces for a number of years. They said: “This promotion on her 70th birthday recognises her invaluable contribution and commitment to the military.”
Three new images have been released to mark the special occasion, taken by John Swannell in late February at the Princess Royal’s home in Gatcombe Park.
The Princess Royal will turn 70 tomorrow and will celebrate with a scaled-back affair due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Her son-in-law, Mike Tindall, recently revealed on The One Show that there had been planned celebrations in Scotland but the pandemic forced the plans to be altered.
“It’s a shame. I’m sure we’ll do something as a family to celebrate her 70 amazing years, she’s just an incredible woman in terms of how much work she can get through in the year,” he said.
“We will be doing something, as yet I don’t know whether she knows – so my lips are sealed.”