Princess Anne made history this week by attending the Vigil of Princes, following the death of her mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
On Friday (September 16), the Princess Royal attended a second 15-minute vigil at Westminster Hall, as Elizabeth’s children, led by King Charles III, solemnly stood around the coffin of Britain’s longest-lived monarch.
The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on 8 September, was with the Queen in her last hours at Balmoral and also accompanied the hearse from Scotland to Buckingham Palace, calling the trip “an honor and a privilege”.
“I was lucky enough to share the last 24 hours of my dear mother’s life,” said Anne, standing by the late monarch’s side in death, as she did for most of her life.
The birth of a princess
The second daughter and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, was born at Clarence House on August 15, 1950.
Both she and Carlo, born on November 14, 1948, were small children when Elizabeth ascended the throne 70 years ago, on February 6, 1952.
Queen Elizabeth II was often absent on royal duties during their early years. In 1953, when Anne was only three years old, the Queen embarked on an extensive tour of the Commonwealth, visiting 13 nations, including Australia, Jamaica and Uganda, for six months.
The early years
However, the queen’s family life was marked by moments of lightness, in the same way that memories of her unwavering commitment to the throne are engraved.
Ahead of the platinum jubilee celebrations to commemorate Elizabeth’s 70 years of reign, the Queen has opened her home video library – including hundreds of homemade recordings that have been privately kept from the Royal Collection in the vaults of the British Film Institute (BFI ) – for the BBC.
Presenting the 75-minute program, the queen said, “Private photos can often show the fun behind the formality.
“I expect almost every family to have a collection of photographs or films that were once regularly viewed to recall precious moments but which, over time, are replaced by newer images and more recent memories,” he continued, adding: “You always hope. that future generations will find them interesting, and perhaps they will be surprised that you too were once young ”.
Among the rare moments captured in the film, Princess Anne can be seen giggling, throwing the rattle aside, and trying to eat pebbles on the shore of a lake.
In the photographs, the Queen’s outspoken and witty daughter was captured on holiday in Balmoral with the Queen when she was two. The royal mother-daughter couple can be seen enjoying the Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershir when Elizabeth was 10 years old. They attended the wedding of the Marquis of Hamilton and Sacha Phillips when Anne was 16.
Anne’s physical resemblance to her mother was widely noticed during a state visit to Austria, when Queen Elizabeth and Anna were photographed side by side at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna on May 7, 1969.
Princess Anne also shared the Queen’s love for the dog. She was often photographed as a child along with the monarch’s beloved corgi in the 1950s and 1960s.
From the 70s onwards
Growing up, Princess Anne began accompanying the queen on her royal tours. In 1970 she traveled to New Zealand and Australia with Elizabeth for a two month visit.
Britain’s princess and late monarch shared common leisure interests, including a passion for horses and the outdoors. After Anne won the three days of horse trials at Burghley on September 5, 1971, Queen Elizabeth proudly presented her trophy to her daughter.
The “notoriously open-air, no-nonsense royal” became the first member of the British royal family to compete in the Olympics. At the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, he rode Queen Goodwill’s horse in the three-day equestrian event, according to a statement on the royal family’s website.
When Princess Anne married her first husband, Olympics riding partner Mark Phillips in 1973, her beaming mother was photographed alongside the couple in the official royal portrait.
Anne was the first of the Queen’s children to start a family. At the coronation of Anne and Mark’s son Peter, Elizabeth was photographed smiling at her granddaughter as she lay on Anne’s lap.
Queen Elizabeth bestows Anne the title of royal princess
Princess Anne received the title of Princess Royal from Elizabeth in 1987, just before her 37th birthday. The title is usually reserved for the eldest daughter of the monarch and is the highest honorary title for a female member of the royal family.
It was perhaps the low point of her reign, a year of royal scandals and turmoil now forever known as what the queen nicknamed her. horrible year.
In 1992, Prince Charles (now King Charles) was at war with his wife, Princess Diana. The Duke and Duchess of York separated, Princess Anne divorced her husband, Windsor Castle went up in flames and suffered extensive damage, and public opinion turned against the royalty.
Recognizing that the monarchy should not be above criticism, the queen effectively called for a fairer hearing from the press and the public with a commitment to work for change, while maintaining the stability and continuity of the institution. .
From 2002 to today
The Princess Royal has come out in strong support of the Queen for the public perception that Elizabeth was an indifferent mother.
In a BBC interview two decades ago, the outspoken princess claimed that Her Majesty loved her children and cared for them “like any other mother”.
“I just don’t think there’s any evidence to suggest she didn’t care. It’s just a beggar belief, “Anne said, adding,” We as children may not have been too demanding in the sense that we understand what were the time limits and responsibilities that were placed on her as monarch in the things she had to do and the trips he had to make.
“But I don’t think any of us thought for a second that she didn’t take care of us exactly like any other mother did.”
Dubbed the “hardiest royal,” Princess Anne donned her pledge to her position as sincerely as her late mother, juggling her royal pledges with various charitable activities.
As the whole world went from in-person meetings to Zoom and FaceTime calls during Covid-induced freezes in 2020, a clip of Princess Anne teaching the Queen how to make video calls was shared online.
The clip was part of the ITV documentary Anne: The royal princesswhich was released in 2020 in honor of his 70th birthday.
“Ah. Good morning to Windsor, “Princess Anne addressed her mother during the Queen’s first public video call.
Elizabeth replied: “Good morning. I am very happy to have been able to join you ”.
Anne then asked Her Majesty: “Do you see everyone? You should have six people on the screen.
“Yes, well, I still see four,” the Queen replied, before the princess joked: “Actually, you don’t need me. You know what I look like! “
Royal fans were quick to praise Princess Anne for her humor after the video was posted on social media. Many others resonated with the recognizable video, recounting their own experiences of having to help older relatives get to grips with modern technology while on lockdown.
The following year, Anne and Elizabeth were photographed during a visit to an outdoor children’s center in Glasgow.
After the Queen’s death on September 8, the BBC released a tribute video to Elizabeth, which featured her children.
During the moving program, the Princess Royal honored the Queen, saying, “She has always been the Queen because she was really important to us all, but she has always been my mother, so this is how you would remember her.”
He also said his mother’s definition of service to the nation was “a lifetime, literally 24/7, 365 days a year – it was never something you could turn on or off.”
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