Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN)– Princess Anne caught the eye during her participation in the funeral of her mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on Monday, when she appeared in military uniform.
Princess Anne accompanied her mother throughout her life, even on her last trip to Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she was the only daughter present with her when she died in her summer residence on 8 September.
Two years before her mother took the British throne, Princess Anne was born on August 15, 1950, the second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II. Along with King Charles III (November 14, 1948), and Prince Andrew, born in 1960.
Here are some facts about Princess Anne:
– She took a keen interest in equestrianism and later reached the highest level in equestrian competitions. I particularly liked the Three Days event which is a test of omnipotence where male and female riders compete against each other, both as individuals and as teams. She won the individual European Championship in 1971 and was also a member of the winning British team, along with being a member of the British team participating in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Common interest in equestrianism attracted Princess Anne and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, an army officer, whom she married on November 14, 1973, in Westminster Abbey. Phillips was her British teammate at the European Championships in 1971, and she was a member of the British team that won gold at the 1972 Olympics. Phillips was a commoner and had never taken the title of nobility. Anne obtained a divorce from Phillips in April 1992, and in December of the same year she married Timothy Lawrence, a naval officer and former aide to Queen Elizabeth.
While Princess Anne is the second eldest child in the family – and the first to have children – her children were not given royal titles at birth. Royal rules dating back centuries state that only a male heir’s offspring can become a prince or princess. She received an offer from her mother to break the rules and give her sons royal titles, but she refused.
In March 1974, she was nearly kidnapped when a mentally ill gunman attacked her car, injuring her bodyguard and driver. She was 23 at the time, newly married. Despite the help of many people, it was the princess herself who actually thwarted his attempt.
When the Princess Royal was 39, her tireless philanthropic work to Save the Children inspired Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, the princess – who became patron of the charity Save the Children in 2016 after serving as president since 1970 – has continued to spend much of her time dedicated to the world’s leading independent children’s organisation.
– Since 1974, Princess Anne has been appointed First Commandant of the Women’s Naval Service… and after the Women’s Royal Naval Service was consolidated into the Royal Navy. In 2012, Princess Anne also received the rank of admiral. Five ships in the Royal Navy have been named after the Royal Princess since then.
Princess Anne lives in a sprawling, 700-acre, 18th-century mansion in the Cotswolds. It houses a listed building. Queen Elizabeth II bought the house as a wedding gift for Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips in 1973.