Known for her strong character, but also for her quiet devotion to her royal duties, Princess Anne rarely shows her emotions.
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But the daughter of Isabel II could not hide her pain after the death of her mother.
“I had the opportunity to share the last 24 hours of my dear mother’s life. It has been an honor and a privilege to accompany him on his final journey,” Princess Anne said in a statement from Buckingham Palace on Tuesday night, thanking those who have shown so much “love and respect” for the deceased.
Praising Elizabeth II’s contribution to “national identity”, the Princess concludes her message: “Thank you to my mother, the Queen”.
His brother, King Charles III, called back to London to fulfill his first duties as sovereign, it was his sister who followed the procession, visibly shaken, during the six-hour journey from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh.
His bow to the hearse when he arrived in the Scottish capital moved Britons in the last act of devotion to his mother after a life of service.
The Princess Royal, a title she has held since 1987 as the monarch’s eldest daughter, walked alongside the King and his two brothers on Monday in the procession that carried Elizabeth II’s coffin from Holyroodhouse Castle to Saint-Gilles Cathedral.
He was still on board the military plane that brought the remains to London.
At 72 years old, his role could now change with the arrival of Carlos III, who could find the support of his sister when he assumes his new role.
Indeed, Anne has a reputation as the most zealous member of the royal family, combining a career as a high-profile horsewoman that took her to the Olympics and a life of public engagements carried out at a steady pace and with relative discretion. . away from the scandals of recent years.
Looking very much like his outspoken father, Prince Philip reportedly described herself as “not fitting into everyone’s image of a fairytale princess.”
“You learn the hard way,” he said. “There is no school for royalty.”
Anne, sometimes considered cold and criticized for her biting humour, never sought to please the press, believing she was not there to “do stunts”, and once asked photographers to “get the hell out”.
He worked his way through the royal system of his parents while choosing a more modern path for his children.
The princess, who writes her speeches herself, has also earned respect for her support of more than 300 charities, various organizations and military regiments.
In 1974, he was the subject of an attempted kidnapping, when the car he was traveling in was attacked. Two police officers, his driver and a bystander were injured by gunshots.
A document released by the National Archives later revealed that the assailant, Ian Ball, pointed his gun at Anne and said, “I want you to come with me for a day or two because I want two million pounds.” Are you going to get in the car?” To which Anne snapped back, “Of course not and I don’t have two million pounds.”
Born on August 15, 1950, Anne inherited her mother’s passion for horses and quickly became a seasoned athlete.
In 1971 he won the European Eventing Championship.
“I saw (in this sports career) the way to show that I had something outside my family, and that victory or defeat depended only on me,” he said.
He became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1988 and was part of the organizing committee for the London Olympics in 2012.
Married to cyclist Mark Philipps in 1973, their union was seen by an estimated 500 million people on television.
They had two children, Peter and Zara, and breaking with tradition, the couple decided that Mark Phillips would not take the royal title so that their children could feel free to lead their own lives.
The couple divorced in 1992 and nine months later the princess married Major Timothy Laurence, a former squire to Queen Elizabeth, in Scotland, as the Church of England does not allow marriages between divorced people.
Princess Anne has five grandchildren.
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