There is no denying that Princess Anne has become an important part of Queen Elizabeth’s record-breaking reign even if she is not the heir apparent. The Princess Royal performs official royal duties and engagements on behalf of Her Majesty.
At the moment, Princess Anne holds patronage in over 300 organizations, which include Carers Trust, Riders for Health, and RISE. The charity work of the Princess Royal revolves around sciences, sport, people with disabilities, and health in developing countries.
Due to her vital functions in the present reign, new reports suggested that Princess Anne would remain an “essential part” of the royal family even after Queen Elizabeth abdicates. Keep on reading to know more details.
Will Princess Anne Remain An Important Figure In The Next Reign?
Royal commentator Ian Lloyd is confident that Princess Anne would remain an “essential part” of The Firm should another royal member takes over the leadership of the British monarchy. The Duke: A Life in 100 Chapters author told Express UK that:
"The Prince of Wales is close with Anne. In the next reign, I think, she will be an essential part of the Royal Family. Charles's aim is to have, in a few years' time, just his son William, Kate, and his three grandchildren. And then I suspect people like Princess Anne and Edward and Sophie."
The statements of Ian Lloyd came amid the speculations that Prince Charles is planning to trim down the monarchy when he becomes king. The rumors intensified as the royal family and followers of Queen Elizabeth are looking forward to her Platinum Jubilee in February.
Given that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have already stepped down from their duties as working senior royals since January 2020, Prince Charles is very unlikely to include the Sussex couple once his succession plans push through. Reports have it that reducing the number of working senior royals would help cut the costs as it would diminish the number of people that the Sovereign Grant would be funding.
Aside from that, it is claimed that the reduced number of working royal family members would help modernize the Firm and make it more vigorous in its PR strategy. To recall, Sweden’s King Carl XVI also removed all his grandchildren, except those born from Princess Victoria, from the Royal House in October 2019.
With Princess Anne being named as one of the most hardworking members of the royal family to date, she is projected to be retained as one of the key figures of the British monarchy. As a matter of fact, even after the death of her father, Prince Philip, and amid the health concerns shrouding Queen Elizabeth, the Princess Royal was able to complete a total of 387 official engagements over the past year.
Following after Princess Anne is Prince Charles with 385 royal duties, Prince William with 235 official duties, Prince Edward with 204 royal duties, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, with 194 official duties. The Princess Royal, alongside the Prince of Wales, have consistently carried out hundreds of engagements over the past years as the late Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth start to slow down due to their advanced age and fragile health.
Princess Anne Quietly Returns To Work After Isolation
Meanwhile, Princess Anne has officially returned to work earlier this week after the holiday break. The 71-year-old daughter of Queen Elizabeth and the late Prince Philip graced the Oxford Farming Conference via a video call in her role as Honorary President. Her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, also joined the said virtual event.
Most, if not all, royal followers can recall that Princess Anne unlikely celebrated the holidays with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and other royal family members at Berkshire palace after Sir Timothy Laurence tested positive for COVID-19 just a few days before Christmas.
The retired Royal Navy officer isolated at their Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire. It remains unclear if Princess Anne was able to reunite with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family members after the end of her husband’s quarantine period.
Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence tied the knot on Dec. 12, 1992, at Crathie Parish Church in Ballater. The Princess Royal has two children from her first marriage to Captain Mark Phillips – Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips.
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