Princess Anne, the only daughter of the Queen and Prince Philip turns 70 this week and to mark the special occasion, The Royal Family announced on social media they would be celebrating Anneâ€™s life and work all week.
Taking to Twitter and Instagram, The Royal Family shared touching photos from Anneâ€™s childhood, including one taken in 1950 of Anne as a baby, one from her christening at Buckingham Palace wearing the Honiton lace gown originally made for Princess Victoria, the first child of Queen Victoria, and photos alongside The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles.
The caption on their Instagram post reads: "Next Saturday, The Princess Royal will turn 70! Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, the only daughter of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, was born on 15th August, 1950. The Princess Royal undertakes a busy schedule of engagements and is involved with over 300 patronages linked to her wide range of interests, including sport, agriculture and animals, science, medicine and healthcare, international development, education, sailing and the military. Over the next seven days, weâ€™ll be taking a look back at each decade of The Princessâ€™ life.'
Instagram Stories have been uploaded daily since Saturday, and are saved under the Princess Royal Highlights section of the account for anyone who misses out.
Todayâ€™s picks up in Anneâ€™s teenage years. Alongside images of the Princess is an insight into her early life. When she was 13, Anne attended Benenden Boarding School where she took O Levels and A Levels and competed for the school in equestrian events. During her late teens she undertook official duties, attending her first State Opening of Parliament in 1967.
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The Princess carried out her first official engagements in 1969 when she was 18, visiting the Childrenâ€™s Shelter in Edinburgh and launching the ESSO Northumbria, the largest tanker built in Britain at Wallsend-on-Tyne.
Sadly, Princess Anne will miss out on a favoured royal tradition on her birthday next week. Certain royal birthdays and anniversaries are marked by the ringing of the bells at Westminster Abbey. However because of coronavirus, bell-ringing at the abbey is currently suspended.
Check out The Royal Family Instagram account tomorrow for a look into Anne's life in the 1970s.
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