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Princess Anne turns 70 on Saturday as she marks another decade firmly placed as one of the hardest working royals.
A trailblazer of trailblazers, there aren’t many places royals go where she hasn’t been before.
She even appears to have predicted some of the problems of the 2020 era, notably cautious about social media and the “celebrity culture” around the family.
Look back at some of the moments that showed she is a royal who isn’t anyone’s princess.
On celebrity culture and problems of more access to the royals
In an interview with the Princess Royal ahead of her 60th birthday in 2010, The Daily Telegraph reported: “Though guarded, she plainly hates the cult of celebrity and any invasion of personal privacy.”
Anne said: “The attitude to people’s lives is quite extraordinary,” admitting she has reservations about whether the royal family’s greater accessibility, though inevitable, was a “good way to go”.
“[Celebrity culture] is probably not helpful to anybody’s lives and can cause quite a lot of problems along the line.”
On doing things the old way
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Anne made comments which could have been interpreted as something of a swipe against the younger royals, released as Harry and Meghan were starting their new life.
Anne called herself “the boring old fuddy-duddy at the back saying: ‘Don’t forget the basics’.”
She added: “I don’t think this younger generation probably understands what I was doing in the past and it’s often true, isn’t it?
“You don’t necessarily look at the previous generation and say: ‘Oh, you did that?’ Or: ‘You went there?’
“Nowadays, they’re much more looking for: ‘Oh, let’s do it a new way.’ And I’m already at the stage, ‘Please do not reinvent that particular wheel. We’ve been there, done that. Some of these things don’t work. You may need to go back to basics.’”
She did not directly reference anyone in the interview.
On social media pressures
Speaking to ITV for a documentary to mark her birthday, she spoke about younger royals and social media, saying: “The pressure that is applied to the younger members of the family is always worse, because that’s what the media is interested in and that’s, you know, hard sometimes to deal with.
“But there was no social media in my day. So it probably has made it more difficult.”
Anne added: “I know what Twitter is but I wouldn’t go anywhere near it if you paid me frankly. But that’s a slightly different issue.”
On not giving her children titles
While it was seen as a coup for Harry and Meghan to refuse a title for their son Archie, she had already done the same for her children in the 1970s.
Speaking in 2020 to Women’s Weekly about the decision, she said: “I think even then it was easy to see that it was a very mixed blessing to have a title.”
She added: “To be honest, having children of parents who both achieved at a fairly high level in sport and they've both achieved their own levels in their own sports, is fantastic. But they've also created their own careers away from that, using that experience – they've done incredibly well.”
On experiencing sexism
Describing an early life experience on a royal tour in Australia, she discussed what could look like sexism at an evening event.
“Of course, the Queen is the Queen and it's a different relationship, but I still got the feeling that there were women at that end of the room and men at this end of the room. I didn't go for that, so I just annoyed the men at the other end.
“To be honest, I think they were gratified in Queensland that I was the least bit interested in the livestock or the land. They were quite happy to talk.”
On getting through royal engagements quickly
Princess Anne gave an interview to Terry Wogan back in 1985, and he asked her how she managed to ask people different questions at events like film screenings.
She responded: “It’s rather like market research, you can ask literally everybody the same questions, like you have three questions for that afternoon and you ask everybody the same questions.
“And with any luck it shortens the time involved because, if the person who's standing next to the one you're talking to is paying any attention, they’ll have the answers ready for you.”
On a kidnapping attempt
In 1974, Anne and her then-husband, Captain Mark Phillips, were driving up the Mall in London when another car overtook them.
A man, Ian Ball, got out of the car with a gun and fired at the royals’ car before they were defended by an armed police officer.
Recalling the event about a decade later, the unflappable Anne said the would-be kidnapper tried to tell her to go with him, and she was “unscrupulously polite”.
She said: “I thought it was silly to be too rude at that stage.
“We had a fairly low key discussion about the fact that I wasn’t going to go anywhere and wouldn’t it be better if he just went away and we all forget about it.”
She also told of how one man had come along from one side of the Mall, peered through the window and said “Hmm, so it is” before turning around and leaving.
She said her dress was split apart at the back at one stage in the proceedings, adding: “That was his most dangerous moment. I lost my rag at that stage.”
Responding to one of Ball’s attempts to persuade her to go with him, she said “not bloody likely”.
On not being a typical princess
She once said: “As a young princess I was a huge disappointment to everyone concerned.
“It’s impractical to go around in life dressed in a long white dress and a crown.”
On the press
She is alleged to have once told photographers who spotted her taking a ducking from her mount at the Badminton Horse Trials to “naff off”.
And despite her public role, she has not been a fan of stories about her.
In an interview in 1985, she called it “really irritating” when the press “misinterpreted” what she says.
Asked about a story suggesting she and Diana were not getting on, she added: “It was one of their better fairy stories.”
She said: “Usually it’s not worth saying anything, because the fact that it was just a story in the first place, they’ll take anything you say and it’ll come out on their side.”