She’s been dubbed the ‘hardest-working’ member of the royal family. Now Princess Anne could be in line for extra duties and patronages.
One of the eight royals to make the cut when it comes to the modern image of the royal family, Princess Anne, 70, could be offered royal and military patronages previously held by Prince Philip and Prince Harry.
Expert, Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, founder of the British Monarchists Society, told the Daily Star that she should receive the tiles because she commands “the respect of the armed forces”.
Adding: “Princess Anne is very happy where she is: she’s not one for fuss, just like her father.
“She’s time after time considered the hardest working member of the Royal Family. It would be a shock if she was not at least given the opportunity to decline some of those patronages that have opened up.”
“She is no nonsense, duty, to the point, she’s not one for small talk, she tells it straight and that’s what the military is about. Her very demeanour is very good for the patronages that her father had.”
Prince Philip’s titles and patronages were returned to the Queen on his death on April 9.
The Princess Royal, who is married to Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, has already attended commemorative services in London on behalf of the royal family including having marked Anzac Day by laying wreaths at a war memorial and signing a book of remembrance.
The ‘no-nonsense’ attitude of Princess Anne has been well documented and Mr Mace-Archer-Mills said: “She is constantly doing what’s expected of the Crown.”
“Being the Queen’s only daughter it really shows well that this woman who was not born to be King or Queen is the one to take these honorary patronages and make something of them.
“She commands the respect of the armed forces and that’s why she will be given more of those honorary patronages which will have been left behind by Philip and her nephew chose to abandon.”
Prince Harry, who served in the Army and completed tours of Afghanistan, was stripped of his royal patronages and military titles when he stepped back from royal duties and moved to California.