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Princess Anne is the late Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter (second child) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. She was an award-winning equestrian before becoming the first British royal to compete in the Olympics.
Anne has been the patron of over 300 organizations as part of her royal duties, with her charitable work primarily focusing on science, education, health, sport, and disability.
Princess Anne was born on August 15, 1950, in London, England, during the reign of her maternal grandfather, King George VI. She was the only daughter of Princess Elizabeth, the Duchess of Edinburgh, and Prince Philip; her mother would become Queen Elizabeth II a few years later.
King Charles is Anne’s older brother. Catherine Peebles, Anne’s governess, raised and educated her as she grew up. She later went to Benenden School in Kent, where she graduated in 1968 with two A-Levels and six GCE O-Levels.
Anne rose to prominence as an equestrian in the 1970s. She finished fourth at the Rushall Horse Trials early in the decade and won gold in the individual event at the European Eventing Championship in Burghley.
Anne also competed for the British eventing team, winning silver in the European Eventing Championship team event in 1975. That same year, she won silver in the individual event.
Following that, Anne rode as part of the British team at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, but she suffered a concussion midway through the course. From 1986 until 1994, Anne served as president of the Fédération Equestre Internationale, following her riding career.
As a princess, Anne has performed various obligations on behalf of her mother. Her first public appearance was in 1969, at the launch of an educational and training center in Shropshire, England.
Anne began traveling abroad soon after, visiting Norway, Germany, Austria, Jamaica, New Zealand, and Australia. She was the first member of the British royal family to see the Soviet Union on official business in 1990.
During her decades of service, Anne has also been active with hundreds of philanthropic organizations. One of her most notable collaborations was with Save the Children, where she served as president from 1970 to 2017.
Anne is the royal patron of the WISE Campaign, among other essential commitments. Anne has traveled worldwide to the group’s initiatives, including Bangladesh, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and South Africa.
She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her efforts. St. Andrew’s First Aid, Transaid, British Universities, Colleges Sport, the Royal National Children’s Foundation, Aerospace Bristol, Citizens Advice, and Townswomen’s Guilds are the organizations she supports. Anne was the president of BAFTA from 1973 to 2001.
Anne succeeded her father as Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh in 2011. n 1985, she was elected president of the Riding for the Disabled Association. She also served as president of several other organizations, including the Royal Society of Arts and the Commonwealth Study Conference.
Anne was the victim of an attempted kidnapping by a man named Ian Ball in 1974. She and her party were stopped at gunpoint as they returned from a charity function.
Following a struggle where several people were shot, a bystander and former boxer named Ron Russell struck Ball in the head and assisted Anne in fleeing the area. The ball was eventually apprehended, arrested, and convicted of attempted murder and kidnapping.
According to celebritynetworth.com, her net worth is believed to be $30 million (£24 million). Her assets include a yearly stipend from the Queen, $7 million in jewelry, a $15 million mansion, and a trust fund established by her grandfather. She has also given more than $28 million in the last ten years.
Anne first met Mark Phillips, a lieutenant in the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards, at a party in 1968. In May 1973, they announced their engagement. In November of that year, the pair married in Westminster Abbey in a broadcast ceremony watched by an estimated 100 million people.
Phillips was offered an earldom but turned it down. As a result, their children were born without titles. Anne and Phillips announced their divorce in August 1989. They were romantically involved with other persons by this point. They divorced in 1992, sharing custody of their children.
Anne and her husband had two children, Peter (born in 1977) and Zara (born in 1980). Pete is the managing director of SEL UK, a boutique sports management firm. Ara is also an Olympian and an equestrian, married to former rugby player Mike Tindall. Phillips and Anne have five grandchildren.
While serving on the Royal Yacht Britannia, Anne met Timothy Laurence, a Commander in the Royal Navy. Their romance began in early 1989, three years after he was appointed the Queen’s equerry.
Anne became the first royal divorcee to remarry since Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter. In December 1992, shortly after her divorce from Mark Phillips, the couple married at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral Castle. The pair splits their time between St James’s Palace and Gatcombe Park.