Princess Anne‘s family helped her ring in her 72nd birthday on Monday by sending her their warmest wishes for the year ahead.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s only daughter was honored with a special tribute on the royal family’s official Instagram and Twitter accounts, as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s social media. The Royal Family Instagram account posted a photo of the princess to its Stories taken during Anne’s appearance at the Not Forgotten Association Garden Party held at Buckingham Palace in May of this year, during which she wore a lavender hat and matching floral print skirt suit. They wrote alongside the image, “Wishing The Princess Royal a happy birthday today!” The post was also shared by Clarence House, the official account for Anne’s brother Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, on their Instagram Stories as well as on Twitter.
William and Kate chose to create their own congratulatory post for social media, sharing a photo of Princess Anne attending the Epsom Derby at Epsom Racecourse during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations back in June wearing a baby blue fascinator and tweed skirt suit. They wrote underneath the image, “Wishing a very happy birthday to The Princess Royal today!,” adding a birthday cake emoji alongside that message on Twitter.
Anne is more than the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth, she’s also the first member of the royal family to ever go to the Olympics, competing in the three-day equestrian event during the 1976 Montreal games and riding the monarch’s horse, Goodwill. While she didn’t medal there, prior to that, she took home the individual gold medal at the 1971 Burghley Horse Trials Three-Day Event, as well as winning individual and team silver medals in 1975 at the Luhmuhlen Horse Trials in Germany. Her first marriage was also to an Olympian, Mark Phillips, a fellow equestrian who competed in eventing and won a team gold medal at the 1972 Olympics, followed by a team silver medal in 1988. Given both her parents’ athletic pedigrees, it should come as no surprise that their daughter, Zara Tindall, also became an Olympic equestrian, winning a team silver medal for eventing in 2012, in addition to multiple other international medals.
In addition to her athleticism, Anne is also known for her incredible dedication to her royal duties and has been named one of the hardest working royals by The Times. In 2018 alone, she made 447 domestic appearances and another 71 outings overseas, dwarfing the number of events attended by William, Kate and Prince Harry combined. In 2019, she once again made a staggering 506 appearances, however, her older brother was able to best her, taking first place with 521 public engagements. Princess Anne is also a patron of over 300 charities and organizations, in addition to being a grandmother of five.
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