Princess Anne opened up about her achievement as a teenager in an interview marking her 70th birthday next month. The Princess Royal admitted that she was quietly looking to change royal protocol after noticing female courtiers would be placed in the ‘women’s side’ of the hall during official engagements. Speaking to Australian Women’s Weekly, the Queen’s only daughter revealed that she began using her pragmatic approach to help bridge the gap once she realized there was a gender divide in official functions.
Anne said: “Of course the queen is the queen and it’s a different relationship.
“But I still had the feeling that there were women at this end of the room and men at this end of the room.
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“I didn’t go for that, so I just annoyed the men on the other end. ”
Princess Anne suggested her decision to strike up a conversation with the men at the reception was a welcome one and that they seemed ‘happy’ to chat with her.
She continued: “To be honest I think they were happy in Queensland that I was least interested in cattle or land.
“They were very happy to talk. ”
When she was only 19 at the time of her visit, Princess Anne had gradually developed an interest in cattle ranching and she built a fairly large farm at her official residence, Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire.
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Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall took over when she also competed in 2012, winning a silver medal in the team event.
The Princess Royal added: “I have no complaints.
“To be honest, having kids of parents who have both reached a pretty high level in sport and both reached their own levels in their own sports is fantastic.
“But they’ve also built their own careers away from it, using that experience – they’ve been incredibly successful. “