Princess Anne and Family

The Princess Royal celebrates her 69th birthday

One step closer to a major milestone, the Princess Royal is marking her birthday today. Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, only daughter of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, was born on August 15th 1950 at Clarence House in London. The cheeky young princess has turned into one of the most well respected members of the modern Windsor clan, celebrated for her hard work and down to earth attitude.

In fact, Anne puts in so many hours much of her work goes under the radar. So to mark her 69th birthday, Royal Central is taking a look back at the past twelve months with a dozen images that sum up the breadth and depth of the contribution Anne makes to the modern monarchy. Here’s the birthday princess’ past year, in photos.

August 2018

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As she turned 68, the Princess Royal was continuing to add to her impressive tally of engagements with trips to Yorkshire as well as the Isle of Wight. There she attended events for Cowes Week including meeting Young Sailor of the Year, Montel Jordan.

September 2018

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Anne was back to work as soon as summer came to an end with visits to Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire and Warwickshire among dozens of engagements in her diary for this month alone. She also had a busy agenda in Scotland where, at the start of the month, she accompanied the Queen and the Prince of Wales to that Royal Family favourite, the Braemar Games.

October 2018

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Investitures at Buckingham Palace, support for her beloved charity Riding for the Disabled and visits to a hospice were all part of Anne’s October. As well as joining family celebrations for the wedding of Princess Eugenie at Windsor, the Princess Royal also headed to Argentina for the Youth Olympic Games.

November 2018

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Anne joined her family for the annual Remembrance Day events in London as well as attending commemorations across England. There was also an overseas trip for the Princess Royal as she and her husband, Sir Tim Laurence, took on a week long visit to Chile where she was welcomed by the country’s president, Sebastian Pinera.

December 2018

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Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Glasgow were all on the itinerary for Anne in December as she ended 2018 as the busiest member of the House of Windsor, carrying out 518 engagements across the year. She had time for some Christmas celebrations, too, joining the Royal Family at traditional events including the Queen’s festive lunch at Buckingham Palace.

January 2019

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Anne was back at work on January 3rd 2019 with engagements in Oxford. She visited County Durham, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Suffolk among other places during a busy start to the new year.

February 2019

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The Princess Royal showed her support for Scottish Rugby as she and her husband attended the first games of their team’s campaign in the Six Nations in February. There were also engagements in Northern Ireland as well as across England before Anne finished the month with a lesson in how to curtsey as she helped her mother welcome the King and Queen of Jordan to Buckingham Palace during their visit to the UK.

March 2019

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With engagements virtually every day in March, this was one of Anne’s busiest months. She also continued her support for Scotland’s rugby team, celebrated the 50th anniversary of her brother’s investiture as Prince of Wales at a special reception at Buckingham Palace and held investitures. The Princess Royal also found time for one of her great passions as she attended the Cheltenham Festival with her family.

April 2019

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Anne spent quite a lot of April celebrating life on the ocean wave as she marked yachting anniversaries as well as heading out to lighthouses in her role as Master of the Corporation of Trinity House. There were also family celebrations as the Princess Royal attended the gun salute held in Hyde Park to mark the Queen’s 93rd birthday.

May 2019

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A visit to Estonia rounded off a busy month for Anne. As well as support for another long standing patronage, Save the Children, and another month packed with engagements across the UK, May also saw the Princess Royal join her family at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor. There was a sadder event, too, as Anne represented the Windsors at the funeral of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg.

June 2019

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Trooping the Colour, the Order of the Garter and Royal Ascot kept Anne busy in June. There was also a rare sighting of the Princess Royal in a tiara as she attended the State Banquet held in honour of US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, during their State Visit.

July 2019

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There was deep personal sadness for Anne as she mourned the death of her mother-in-law, Barbara Laurence, at the start of July 2019. Despite her loss, the Princess Royal continued with engagements including supporting the Queen at a garden party at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

August 2019

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As she approached her latest birthday, there was time for Anne to enjoy time with her four grandchildren as her family joined her at the British Festival of Eventing held at her Gloucestershire home, Gatcombe Park. And no doubt there will be more celebrations to come as the Princess Royal marks her 69th birthday.

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