20 engagements in four days – is Princess Anne the hardest working royal?

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Princess Anne has had four whirlwind days of engagements while on a tour to mark the queen's Platinum Jubilee. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)
Princess Anne has had four whirlwind days of engagements while on a tour to mark the queen's Platinum Jubilee. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)

She was named the hardest working royal last year and it seems Princess Anne is serious about defending her title this year. 

The 71-year-old Princess Royal astonished royal watchers after she completed more than 20 engagements in just four days in a whirlwind trip to mark Queen Elizabeth’s historic Platinum Jubilee. 

She was asked to represent her mom in Australia and Papua New Guinea, where Her Majesty is still the head of state. 

“It's lovely to see Princess Anne in Australia for the platinum jubilee. Such a huge asset to the royal family,” one fan wrote on social media. 

What's even more impressive is that Princess Anne has done it all without any fuss or frills. Sources say the royal staff are “lost in admiration” because she gets on with her schedule with minimum drama. 

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It's been reported she's travelled about 40 000km on commercial airlines, hasn't had one evening off since the start of this round of engagements, stayed in £185 (about R 3 485) hotels, and even packed her own suitcase. To top it all, she's even done her own hair and make-up for these engagements and wowed fans with her outfits. 

Her engagements kicked off last Thursday following a full day of engagements in Liverpool. The Princess Royal flew back to London by helicopter and boarded a commercial flight to Sydney. And as soon as she landed on Saturday morning, she attended her first engagement with the governor of New South Wales, followed by another with the governor general and the queen’s official representative in Australia.

The Princess Royal receives flowers during a visit
The Princess Royal receives flowers during a visit to the Sea Heritage Foundation in Waverton in Sydney, Australia. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)

She spent the rest of the day at the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW’s Bicentennial Sydney Royal Easter Show, where she was seen speaking to local farmers about the challenges of living off the land after years of drought and floods. Later that evening, the princess was the guest of honour at a dinner at Sydney Olympic Park.

Princess Anne in talks with Australian army soldie
Princess Anne talking with Australian army soldiers during her visit to Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)

Princess Anne, who was accompanied by her husband, Sir Tim Laurence, and her private secretary, Charles Davies, is said to have been on her feet the entire time, engaging and meeting with many guests.

The Princess Royal in good spirits at the Bicenten
Princess Anne in good spirits at the Bicentennial Sydney Royal Easter Show. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)

After Sydney, she travelled to Papua New Guinea, where she followed an equally crammed schedule which kicked off on Monday. 

Among other engagements, she met with Prime Minister James Marape, before having a dinner with representatives from several charities.  

“It’s quite unbelievable. She hasn’t stopped flogging herself from the moment she left the UK. And to think she'll turn 72 this summer. Remarkable,” a source says. 

Princess Anne with Papua New Guinea's prime minist
Princess Anne with Papua New Guinea's prime minister, James Marape on day one of the royal trip to the country. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)

It's no secret that her royal engagements and tours have never really attracted a big crowd, but fans all over the world are amazed by her incredible work ethic. “She's a real work horse. She, more than any other members of the British royal family, has upheld the model of monarchy promoted by her own mother,” royal commentator and historian Dr Ed Owens says. 

The princess addresses a dinner with representatives from several charities..
The princess addresses a dinner with representatives from several charities.(PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)

Last year, Anne undertook 387 official engagements as she stepped up to the plate after the queen’s ailing health reportedly kept her from public appearances.

Despite being five years past retirement age, Princess Anne, like her mom, shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. “I don’t think retirement is quite the same [for me],” she told Vanity Fair in 2020.  


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