Princess Royal Anne

(b. 1950) Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, the Princess Royal

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1950– )

Daughter of Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Currently eighth in line to the throne, Princess Anne attended Benenden School in Kent before embarking on her public career. A keen horsewoman, she won a silver medal in the Individual European Three-Day Event in 1971 (when she was also voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year) and represented Great Britain at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. In 1973 she married Captain Mark Phillips (1948– ), also an accomplished rider; they have a son Peter (1977– ) and a daughter Zara (1981– ). They were divorced in 1992 and later that year Princess Anne married Captain Timothy Laurence (1955– ).

As a young woman Princess Anne acquired a reputation for brusqueness towards the media, but since her untiring work as president of the Save the Children Fund, on whose behalf she has visited many developing countries, she has become one of the most popular and respected members of the royal family. In recognition of her involvement on behalf of this and many other charitable organizations, she was granted the title Princess Royal by the Queen in 1987. She is also president of the British Olympic Association and in 1981 replaced her grandmother as Chancellor of the University of London.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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