Princess Anne has maintained her reputation as the hardest-working royal and it was on full display when she visited Australia to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration. She attended several engagements in the Land Down Under, but initially, many thought Prince William and Kate Middleton would visit the country.
Princess Anne Represented The Queen In Australia Instead Of Prince William And Kate Middleton
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Caribbean royal tour did not turn out well following the bad press during and after the trip. There were rumors that Prince William and Kate Middleton may be making a trip to Australia following their not-so-perfect visit to Belize, Jamaica, and the Bahamas.
However, instead of the Cambridges, it was Princess Anne who arrived in the Down Under. She was accompanied by her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. But an insider said the Cambridges might visit the country later this year.
"William and Kate have never put a foot wrong in Australia, so it would be a smart move to recapture the public’s goodwill towards the monarchy, especially if they time it for right after the Queen’s Jubilee in June," an unnamed source told New Idea.
"Wills and Kate are anxious to keep the warm relationship with Australia and New Zealand, and the only way to do that is to get boots on the ground," the tipster continued. "The couple has been wanting to do a tour Down Under for ages, but Buckingham Palace overrode them and had them visit the Caribbean instead – which is now being viewed as an error in judgement."
Inside Princess Anne And Husband's Visit To Australia
Princess Anne hit the ground running when she arrived in Australia. Just hours after her arrival, she formally opened the 200th Sydney Royal Easter Show. The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence also paid a visit to the NSW Rural Fire Service headquarters, where she spoke to the families of the volunteer firefighters who were among the 34 people killed in the Black Summer bushfires.
Princess Anne also attended a dinner at Sydney Olympic Park as the guest of honor. She also undertook military engagements and inspected a guard of honor before she flew to Papua New Guinea and met Prime Minister, His Excellency The Honourable James Marape.
For four days, Princess Anne completed 20 engagements when she visited Australia and Papua Guinea. Her three-day trip to Land Down Under was the first since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal tour in 2018.
Stay tuned for more news and updates about Princess Anne, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and the other members of the royal family.
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