AFP, published Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 8:37 pm
Known for her strong character but also for her discreet devotion to her royal duties, Princess Anne rarely shows her emotions.
But Elizabeth II’s daughter could not hide her grief after her mother’s death.
“I had the opportunity to share the last 24 hours of my dearest mother’s life. It was an honor and a privilege to accompany her on her last journey,” Princess Anne said in a statement from Buckingham Palace Tuesday evening. thanking those who showed so much “love and respect” to the deceased.
Praising Elizabeth II’s contribution to “national identity”, the Princess concludes her message: “Thank you to my mother, the Queen”.
His brother King Charles III called back to London to fulfill his first obligations as sovereign, it was his sister who followed the procession, visibly distraught, during the six-hour journey from Balmoral Castle to Edinburgh.
Her bow to the hearse when she arrived in the Scottish capital moved the British in the final act of devotion to her mother after a life of service.
The royal princess, a title she has held since 1987 as the monarch’s eldest daughter, walked the procession with the king and their two brothers on Monday carrying Elizabeth II’s coffin from Holyroodhouse castle to Saint-Gilles cathedral.
He was still aboard the military plane that took the body to London.
At 72, his role may now change with the advent of Charles III, who may find support from his sister when she takes on her new role.
– Direct speech –
Anne has a reputation for being the most zealous member of the royal family, combining a career as a high-level Amazon that led her to the Olympic Games and a life of public engagements carried out at a rapid pace and with relative discretion, away from scandals. of the last years.
Looking a lot like her outspoken father, Prince Philip, she is said to have described herself as “not suited to everyone’s image of the fairytale princess.”
“You learn the hard way,” he said. “There is no school for royalty.”
Anne, sometimes considered cold and criticized for her bitter humor, never tried to please the press, believing she wasn’t there to “do stunts”, and once asked photographers to “freak out”.
She worked her way through her parents’ real system by choosing a more modern path for her children.
The princess, who writes her speeches herself, has also earned respect for her support of more than 300 charities, various organizations and military regiments.
In 1974 he was the subject of an attempted kidnapping, when the car he was traveling in was targeted. Two police officers, his driver and a passerby were shot and wounded.
A document released by the National Archives later revealed that the assailant, Ian Ball, pointed the gun at Anne, telling her, “Do I want you to come with me for a day or two because I want two million pounds. In the car?” To which Anne replied curtly: “Of course not and I don’t have two million pounds.”
– Seasoned athlete –
Born on August 15, 1950, Anne inherited her mother’s passion for horses and quickly became an expert athlete.
In 1971 he won the European Eventing Championship.
“I saw (in this sporting career) a way to show that I had something outside of my family and that victory or defeat depended on me alone,” he said.
She became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1988 and took part in the organizing committee of the London Olympics in 2012.
Married to driver Mark Philipps in 1973, their union has been seen by around 500 million people on television.
They had two children – Peter and Zara – and breaking tradition, the couple decided that Mark Phillips would not take the royal title so their children could feel free to lead their own lives.
The couple divorced in 1992 and nine months later the princess married Commander Timothy Laurence, a former squire to Queen Elizabeth, in Scotland as the Church of England does not allow marriages between divorced persons.
Princess Anna has five grandchildren.