How ‘Dynamite’ Princess Anne Runs the Show Behind the Scenes: ‘Royal Archetype’ | royal | News

On Wednesday, Anne, Princess Royal, unveiled Manchester Royal Infirmary’s new heliport – the first of its kind in the North West. This was followed by a visit to Maternity Services at Saint Mary’s Hospital, which was named Royal College of Midwives’ Service of the Year 2021. There she heard about their work and met the staff who deliver 16,500 babies a year.

Princess Anne, 71, made the visit in her role as Patron of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

Anne heard about the vital research being carried out by the service to improve outcomes for babies and young children, before speaking to bereavement service staff about the support they provide to families at a particularly difficult time.

For years, the Queen’s only daughter has been widely admired for her work ethic.

Since her first public engagement in 1969 when, aged 18, the Princess Royal opened an education and training center in Shropshire, she has been deeply committed to supporting the Queen.

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Earlier this year, The Times reported that Princess Anne narrowly beat her brother Prince Charles for the top spot as the busiest royal of 2021.

Times reader Tim O’Donovan has compiled the number of royal engagements completed by each member of the royal family each year for decades.

Her analysis showed that Anne made an impressive 387 official engagements in 2021.

Nick Bullen, co-founder and editor of True Royalty TV, said Her Royal Highness’ ability to keep a low profile is central to her distinguished 50-year career as a member of the Royal Family.

Speaking to US Weekly last year, Mr Bullen said: ‘Princess Anne is incredibly low key, that’s what she wants.

Anne is the mother of two children: Zara and Peter Phillips; neither possesses a title nor participates in royal functions.

They, like their mother, keep a low profile away from the eyes of the media.

Speaking in 2015, Zara revealed she was grateful for her lack of a title, saying it opened up opportunities for her.

She said: “I’m very lucky that both of my parents decided not to use the title and we grew up and did all the things that gave us the opportunity to do.”

Zara is a decorated horse rider while her brother, Peter, is managing director of sports and entertainment agency SEL UK.

Former Buckingham Palace press officer Dickie Arbiter told The Sun that Princess Anne’s decision allowed Zara to “flourish as her own wife”.

He said: ‘It was a masterstroke by the Princess Royal when she decided not to give her children titles.

“Growing up as a commoner allowed Zara to thrive as her own woman, and there was never any pressure on her to conform.

“She took advantage of it in all sorts of ways.”

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