Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth II’s steely daughter, rarely shows her emotions, but sadness has remained etched on her face since her mother’s death.
With her older brother, King Charles III, summoned to London, the Queen’s second child was left to accompany the procession across Scotland from Balmoral on Sunday.
She was dressed in black mourning, while eight veiled soldiers carried the heavy, lead-lined casket to the king’s official Scottish residence, Palace of Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh.
Her sister-in-law Sophie, who is married to her younger brother Prince Edward, was seen putting her hand on her back afterwards.
On Monday, Coffin Anne, 72, dressed in the ceremonial uniform of a Royal Navy admiral, walked alongside Charles, Edward and their brother Andrew as the coffin was transported from Holyrood House to St Giles’ Cathedral.
She will also accompany the Queen’s coffin on the flight back to London from Edinburgh on Tuesday.
Anne’s role may now change depending on whether Charles follows a lesser monarchy. But he may find his closest sibling a rock of support as he adjusts to his new role.
Learning the hard way
Anne earned a reputation as the most serious business owner, working as an Olympic horse racer along with her life of public engagements.
Cast many in the same obvious mold as her late father, Prince Philip, Anne reportedly once described herself as “not everyone’s idea of a fairy princess”.
“You learn the hard way,” she said. “There is no school for kings.”
She never sought to please the press, saying that she did not do “stunts” and once asked photographers to “stop working.”
Anne carved her way through the kings of the ancient world for her parents and adopted more modern ways for her children.
She has also won respect for her work supporting hundreds of charities and organizations.
In 1974 she was subjected to an attempted kidnapping when her car was ambushed. Two police officers, its driver and a passerby were injured.
An account issued by the National Archives stated that striker Ian Ball aimed 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 out of the car?”
The princess replied curtly: “It’s probably not bloody—and I didn’t get two million pounds.”
Anne stuck to a mix of classic and casual chic, keeping her voluminous, bouncy hairstyle throughout her adult life.
She adopted a work-like demeanor that sometimes meant she appeared lukewarm, resulting in her sharp, dry sense of humor that is often mistaken.
talented horse rider
Born on August 15, 1950, Anne studied at Buckingham Palace before starting boarding school in 1963.
She inherited her mother’s passion for horses and the young princess became a skilled knight.
Anne won the European Championships for Events in 1971 and was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year that year by the British public.
“I definitely saw it as a way to prove that you have something that doesn’t depend on your family and that it’s up to you to succeed or fail,” she said of her riding career.
She married equestrian Mark Phillips in 1972. The wedding was an international event that was watched by an estimated 500 million people.
Anne represented Britain at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and came back without a medal after a bad, memorable fall for TV viewers, if not for her.
After she had a concussion, she re-rided her horse but didn’t remember the competition at all.
She became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1988 and was a member of the organizing committee for the London 2012 Games.
Anne and her first husband, an army officer, had two children – the director of the Department of Sports Events Peter and the equestrian Zara.
Contrary to tradition, the couple decided that Phillips should not accept a nickname until their children had the freedom to decide their own lives.
Zara, who is married to former England rugby captain Mike Tindall, will join her parents at the Olympics, winning silver at the team event in London 2012.
Divorce and marriage
Anne was granted the title Princess Royal, traditionally given to the King’s eldest daughter, in 1987.
Two years later, she separated from Phillips and the couple separated in 1992.
Nine months later, Anne married Commodore Timothy Lawrence, a former knight of Queen Elizabeth.
They married in Scotland because the Church of England did not allow divorced women to marry again.
Anne supports more than 300 charities, organizations and military regiments, including an association with Save the Children that has lasted more than 50 years.
She regularly tops the charts for making the most proprietary engagements, and writes her own letters.
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