Wednesday, 19 Jun 2024

‘Selfless’ Princess Anne ‘probably works harder than the King’

Princess Anne: Charles won’t change as King

Princess Anne has been praised for her “selfless duty” after King Charles rewarded her dedication to royal service by honouring her with a significant role at his Coronation earlier this month. The 72-year-old, who is known to be one of her brother’s closest confidantes, reportedly “works harder than the King himself” after carrying out 214 royal engagements last year, the most of all the working royals.

Get the latest royal news straight to your phone by joining our Whatsapp community!

Former royal butler Paul Burrell reflected on the Coronation, which saw the Princess Royal serve as the King’s Gold-Stick-In-Waiting, a role tasked with overseeing the monarch’s personal safety during the royal procession back to Buckingham Palace.

Speaking exclusively to Spin Genie, Mr Burrell said: “At last, she’s being recognised for all the hard work that she does. In fact, she probably works harder than the King himself and she’s never had any recognition before.

“Now the King is letting her step up to the plate and is saying “This is my sister who is long-suffering and hard-working and nobody ever says thank you”.

“For once, someone is recognising her selfless duty to the public, hooray! Why she isn’t further up the line of succession, I just don’t know because she should be.”

As the Gold Stick at the Coronation Anne led the procession on horseback back to the Palace following the spectacular service at Westminster Abbey.

She was at the head of 6,000 military personnel while King Charles and Queen Camilla travelled in the ornate Gold State Coach.

The roles of Gold Stick and Silver-Stick-In-Waiting date back to the 15th Century. During this time, two rods, one gold and one silver, would be placed on the monarch to protect them from danger.

READ MORE: Kate dubbed ‘saviour of the monarchy’ as she’s perfected Queen-in-Waiting role

The Gold and Silver Sticks are now only seen at special occasions such as the Coronation and the roles are usually assigned to Colonels of the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals.

Princess Anne was reportedly “incredibly honoured” to be given the position as a sign of gratitude for her unwavering support and loyalty to the King.

Speaking about the role in an interview with CBC, Anne said: “I haven’t asked too many questions. I have a role as Colonel of the Blues and Royals in the Household Cavalry regiment as Gold Stick. And Gold Stick was the original close protection officer.

“So that is a role I was asked if I’d like to do for this Coronation, so I said yes. Not least of all, it solves my dress problem.”

Don’t miss…
Kate ‘instantly connects’ with non-royals by breaking fashion tradition[LATEST]
William and Kate’s new strategy to win over fans receives lukewarm response[REVEAL]
Russell Kane’s wife flashes bum after outfit split open meeting King Charles[EXCLUSIVE]

In 2022, Anne was officially named the royal who had carried out the most engagements at 214, with the new King coming in second with 181 engagements.

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh came in third and fourth place with 143 and 138 engagements respectively, and Prince William rounded out the top five with 126 engagements.

Kate, Princess of Wales, regarded as one of the most popular royals with the public, made it to ninth place on the list with 90 engagements.

The numbers for 2022 are substantially lower than previous years, likely due to the impact of the pandemic and the death of the late Queen Elizabeth in September, which was followed by a period of official mourning.

Source: Read Full Article

Related Posts