Princess Anne, 72, is Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter

Princess Anne: the hard-working daughter of Queen Elizabeth II

Princess Anne, 72, only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II – Copyright AFP/File OLYMPIA DE MAISMONT

Robin MILLARD

The unwavering only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, rarely shows her emotions, but after the death of her mother, grief was reflected on her face.

As her older brother King Charles III was summoned to London, the Queen’s second child had to escort the motorcade across Scotland from Balmoral on Sunday.

Dressed in mourning black, she curtsied as eight kilt-clad soldiers carried the heavy, lead-lined coffin to the monarch’s official Scottish residence, Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.

Her sister-in-law Sophie, who is married to her younger brother Prince Edward, comforted her with a hand on her back afterwards.

On Monday, Anne, 72, dressed in the ceremonial uniform of a Royal Navy admiral, walked with Charles, Edward and their brother Andrew as the coffin was carried from Holyroodhouse to St Giles Cathedral.

She will also accompany the Queen’s coffin on the return flight to London from Edinburgh on Tuesday.

Anne’s role can now change depending on whether Charles aims for a simplified monarchy. But he can find his closest sibling to be a crutch as he adjusts to his new role.

– Learning the hard way –

Anne has earned a reputation as the hardest-working royal family with a career as an Olympic equestrian and a lifelong commitment to social events.

Anne, who bears many resemblances to her late father Prince Philip, is reported to have once described herself as “not all the idea of ​​a fairy princess”.

“You learn the hard way,” she said. “There is no school for the royal family.”

She never sought to please the press by saying she doesn’t “do tricks” and once told photographers to “shut up”.

Anne carved her own path through her parents’ vintage royal family and chose more modern paths for her children.

She has also gained respect for her work supporting hundreds of charities and organizations.

In 1974, she was the target of a kidnapping attempt when her car was ambushed. Two policemen, her driver and a passerby were injured.

A report released by the National Archives says attacker Ian Ball pointed a gun at Ann and said: “I want you to come with me for a day or two because I want £2 million.

– Will you get out of the car?

The Princess curtly replied: “Damned unlikely – and I don’t have two million pounds.”

Ann kept a mix of classic chic and casual style, keeping her voluminous updo throughout her adult life.

She adopted a businesslike demeanor that sometimes meant she seemed icy and resulted in her sharp, dry sense of humor being often misguided.

– Gifted Rider –

Ann was born on August 15, 1950 and studied at Buckingham Palace before entering a boarding school in 1963.

She inherited her mother’s passion for horses, and the young princess became a skilled rider.

Ann won the 1971 European Eventing Championships and was voted by the British public that year in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year category.

“Of course, I saw it as a way to prove that you have something that doesn’t depend on your family and it’s up to you whether you succeed or fail,” she said of her riding career.

In 1972, she married equestrian Mark Phillips. The wedding became an international event, watched by about 500 million people.

Ann represented Great Britain at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, returning without a medal after a particularly nasty fall – memorable to TV viewers but not to her.

Having received a concussion, she got back on the horse, but did not remember the competition at all.

In 1988, she became a member of the International Olympic Committee and was a member of the organizing committee for the 2012 Games in London.

Anna and her first husband, an officer, had two children – director of sporting events Peter and equestrian Zara.

Breaking with tradition, the couple decided that Philips should not take the title so that their children could determine their own lives.

Zara, who is married to former England rugby captain Mike Tindall, followed her parents to the Olympics by winning silver in the 2012 team eventing event in London.

– Divorce and remarriage –

In 1987, Anne was given the title of Princess Royal, traditionally given to the eldest daughter of a monarch.

She separated from Phillips two years later, and the couple divorced in 1992.

Nine months later, Anna married Commander of the Navy Timothy Lawrence, former equerry to Queen Elizabeth.

They married in Scotland because the Church of England did not allow divorcees to remarry.

Ann supports over 300 charities, organizations, and military regiments, including Save the Children, which has been in existence for over 50 years.

She regularly tops the charts for hosting the most royal events and writes her own speeches.

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