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Princess Anne and Family

Princess Anne to conduct her first overseas engagement of 2021 with a trip to France


The Princess Royal will travel to Paris next month for a series of engagements around the 2024 Summer Olympics, the Rugby World Cup 2023, and the 75th anniversary of UNESCO—the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Princess Anne will undertake a two-day visit to Paris from 3-4 October to highlight causes close to her heart. As a long-time member of the International Olympic Committee, she will meet with representatives of the Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympics as they being planning the competitions in earnest.

The royal will then meet with organisers behind the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which will take place in France from 8 September to 28 October.

Finally, Anne will meet with the laureates of the UNESCO-L’Oréal Women in Science Programme. Per the UNESCO website, the programme aims to recognise women researchers who are contributing to overcoming the global challenges we face, such as threats to biodiversity, aging populations and the acceleration of new technology.

UNESCO estimates that only 30% of the world’s researchers are women and the programme aims to provide these women with “the means to continue their commitment to science with energy and passion.”

Next month’s visit to Paris will be the first time Princess Anne has traveled abroad in 2021. She is usually present at the Olympic Games, but was not able to attend this year’s Summer Olympics or Paralympics in Tokyo but sent virtual greetings to the athletes competing on behalf of Team Great Britain. Anne promised the athletes that she would be cheering them on from her home at Gatcombe Park.

Since the global pandemic began in March 2020, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are the only members of the Royal Family who have travelled overseas; with official visits to Germany, Greece and Kuwait on the docket.

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Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.