Transformation of Princess Anne: Anne’s journey from the “haughty” royal to the “national treasure” | Royal | News


Princess Anne, 69, will celebrate her 70th birthday on August 15 and the next step has made royal watchers reflect on her extraordinary career. The Princess Royal is known to be one of the hardest working members of the Royal Family and leads over 500 engagements each year. Anne’s no-frills approach to royal duty meant she was once seen as ‘aloof’ and ‘haughty’, but a royal expert says the devoted royal has proven herself.

Reflecting on Princess Anne’s extraordinary service to the crown, Royal Telegraph Editor Camilla Tominey wrote: “Now more valuable than ever for an institution that is not only trying to reposition itself in the wake of a global pandemic, but still plagued by the fallout from Megxit and The Duke of York’s association with Jeffrey Epstein, Anne’s old-fashioned approach has never been in greater demand.“Although she describes herself as ‘the boring old fuddy-duddy in the back,’ who keeps reminding young royals not to give up ‘the basics’, the Princess Royal, who has always put duty first, finally gets the recognition it deserves. ”

Over the past year, Princess Anne has let a film crew follow her for a documentary on her 70th birthday.

The ITV Princess Royal: Anne at 70 program aired this week and made Anne a moment of his own with the fans.

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The documentary managed to capture the Princess Royal’s wry sense of humor and unwavering dedication to the task at hand.

According to Ms. Tominey, Anne is now considered a “national treasure”.

She wrote: ‘Where Anne was once considered haughty and unemotional, she is now hailed as one of the great English eccentrics whose unprecedented royal work ethic, performing over 500 engagements a year, has earned her rightly the status of national treasure.

Despite Anne’s unwavering respect for royal protocol, she managed to set several new precedents in her time.

“’She is extremely respectful and would hate to be seen as being on the wrong side of protocol.

“’You never would have dreamed of asking her a political question and she’s not talkative at all.’ ‘

Not only was she the first member of the British royal family to compete in the 1976 Olympics, her love for fashion meant that she was the very first royal to wear a miniskirt.

Anne’s decision not to give her children – Zara Tindall, 39 and Peter Phillips, 42, royal titles was also a groundbreaking choice at the time.

Ms Tominey writes: “Having been seen as a bit of a royal renegade as a teenager – and chose to relinquish her own children’s titles, despite her own RHS pedigree as a ‘heir reserve’ – the Anne’s life story is a contradiction of both the protocol manager and the occasional rule breaker.

“As an insider who knows the princess well said, ‘She can go from laughing and joking one minute to being a perfect period carefree the next. ”

“’She is extremely respectful and would hate to be seen as being on the wrong side of protocol.

“’You never would have dreamed of asking her a political question and she’s not talkative at all.’ ‘

Founder Geoff Holt, who has known Anne for over 30 years, said: “She has to be one of the hardest working people I know.

“I’ve never experienced anything like it – the number of engagements she gets carried away. She doesn’t do sycophancy, however.

The ongoing scandal surrounding Prince Andrew’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and the royal outing of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle means the monarchy is going through a period of turbulence.

Ms Tominey described Princess Anne as the royal family’s ‘most loyal anchor’ during this difficult time.

She said: “At a time when the monarchy finds itself somewhat adrift, it is the indefatigable Princess Royal who is proving to be its most loyal anchor.

“As she prepares to turn 70, showing no signs of slowing down after half a century of engagement, lighthouse lover Anne has become the royal family’s beacon for good public service to the Ancient.


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