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Princess Anne celebrates her 72nd birthday: a look back in pictures at her hectic life


Princess Anne, only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, turns 72 this Monday, August 15. A love life that caused a stir, a remarkable sports career... She is still today one of the most popular members of the royal family in England.

On August 15, 1950, 21 cannon shots rang out in Hyde Park, one of nine royal parks in London, England.

A princess was born: Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, better known as Princess Anne.

Second of four children and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, she celebrates her 72nd birthday on Monday August 15.

The official account of the royal family also wished him a happy birthday on social networks.

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The official Instagram account of the British royal family wished Princess Anne a happy birthday.


Known for her outspokenness, which she would have inherited from her father, we also recognize the Princess Royal – a title granted by her mother in 1987 – a rather thrifty attitude which contributes to her popularity.

For example, she would have worn the same yellow ensemble at the baptism of her daughter Zara, in 1981, then 32 years later during a visit to Lake Windermere, with the queen.

A poll published by the Yougov Institute in August 2019 ranked her eighth among the fifteen members of the royal family favorite of the English.

The busy life of Princess Anne

In images, in pictures

See the slideshow25 photos

See the slideshow25 photos

An avant-garde princess

On November 14, 1973, the one who occupies the fourteenth place in the order of succession to the British throne, married Captain Mark Phillips.

Their wedding is the royal family's first ever to be televised.

Never ennobled, the husband of Princess Anne had refused the proposal made to him by the Queen as a wedding gift.

From the union of the couple are born two children, the choice of the king: Peter, in 1977, and Zara, in 1981. They either will not be ennobled, but enter however in the order of succession for the British throne.

A few years later, the love story is shattered.

In 1989, The Sun


published the love correspondence between Princess Anne and a certain Timothy Laurence.

If Buckingham Palace rejects any prospect of divorce, the latter ends up being pronounced on April 23, 1992. What seems to be the trigger: a DNA test confirms that Mark Phillips is the father of a little girl born in 1985 from a adulterous relationship.

A few months later, on December 12, 1992, her royal highness married her lover according to the Scottish Presbyterian rite, which authorized the remarriage of divorced persons.

In video, Elizabeth II and Princess Anne congratulate the "carers" by videoconference

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Yet discreet, the princess did not escape the tabloids.

In 1970, his romantic relationships and those of his older brother, Prince Charles, caused ink to flow.

At the time, her boyfriend was none other than Andrew Parker Bowles.

A family name that we know well, because Parker Bowles later becomes the first husband of the one who is then called Camilla Shand, future mistress and second wife of Prince Charles.

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Much later, in 2001, it was for speeding that her highness made headlines.

An imprudence which then condemns her to a fine of 400 pounds sterling.

Princess Anne is also known for the aggressiveness of her dogs.

Like in 2003, when one of the queen's Corgi was euthanized after being bitten by Florence, the princess' bull terrier.

But the most significant fact concerning her remains the attempted kidnapping of which she was the victim on March 20, 1974. As she left a charity gala located a few minutes from Buckingham Palace, the car in which she was with her husband Mark Phillips, her lady companion and her security guard James Beaton, is attacked.

The assailant, Ian Ball, shoots several times at the passengers of the vehicle.

James Beaton is hit by three bullets.

The princess's driver, a policeman and a journalist at the scene were also injured.

The kidnapper's objective: to kidnap his highness to obtain a ransom of two million pounds sterling.

Finally arrested, Ian Ball will be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Declared mentally defective, he has since

confined in a psychiatric hospital.

As for the wounded, all will survive.

Passion and representations

An avid equestrian, Princess Anne has represented her country more than once in equestrian competitions.

European Champion in Team Eventing in 1971, she took part in the Montreal Olympics in July 1976. She is also a member of the International Olympic Committee and President of the British Olympic Committee.

Faithful to the royal commitments, Anne remains one of the personalities of the royal family who ensures the most official representations.

In 2016, she had no less than 509. Sponsor of more than three hundred charities, she has notably chaired "Save the Children" since 1970, which helps children who are victims of hunger and disease around the world. .

Also passionate about lighthouses, she is patron of the Northern Lighthouse Board, the organization responsible for aiding maritime navigation around the coasts of Scotland and the Isle of Man.

As many responsibilities she shares with those conferred on her by her status as a grandmother, since she currently has four granddaughters: Savannah Phillips (born December 29, 2010), Isla Phillips (born March 29, 2012) ,

Mia Tindall (born January 17, 2014) and Lena Tindall (born June 18, 2018).

In short, a busy schedule, even at 71 years old.

* This article, originally published on August 15, 2021, has been updated.

Source: lefigaro

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