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84-year-old Princess Alexandra steps up with an increased diary of engagements

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Princess Alexandra has noticeably stepped up the number of engagements she has been carrying out over the past few weeks, ending speculation that she may have retired from public duties.

The Queen’s cousin, who turns 85-years-old next month, conducted nine engagements in October, with a further five carried events held in September.

Prior to this, Her Royal Highness had only conducted four engagements from January to August, and conducted a total of ten engagements in the entirety of 2020.

This is no doubt due to the global health crisis of the past 20 months which has seen all members of The Royal Family significantly reduce their workload.

Nevertheless, it appears that Princess Alexandra has now returned a full diary of work.

There was much speculation in 2019 that the Princess would retire from public life after suffering from numerous injuries.

In 2018, HRH conducted 67 engagements, despite being away from work for three months with a broken wrist.

The Princess suffered a similar injury in 2017 when she broke her wrist and similarly had to cancel three months worth of engagements.

Alexandra is the Patron of over 100 organisations and has been carrying out duties on behalf of The Queen for almost seven decades.

The 84-year-old has been a pillar in upholding her royal duties, with The Queen relying on her cousin’s support and attendance. Alexandra has discreetly and faithfully carried out her duties for many decades. Even after the death of her husband in 2004, HRH insisted on maintaining a full schedule.

Seven years ago, she was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). This is a debilitating condition where the muscles become inflamed.  It can lead to stiffness and extreme pain; although the condition can be treated.