The Royal workhorse felled by illness

HRH Princess Anne pictured here on a visit to the Royal Ulster Yacht Club. 
Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons 07778373486

HRH Princess Anne pictured here on a visit to the Royal Ulster Yacht Club. Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons 07778373486

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There will be no early retirement for Princess Anne.

Pictures of her in the last 10 days shows here frail and tired, the result of a severe chest infection an illness which forced her to cancel engagements this week in Botswana and Mozambique where she has projects associated with her biggest charity Save the Children.

The Princess is 66 years old and one of the hardest working Royals, carrying out more than 500 engagements a year. Now a grandmother of three she still devotes a lot of her time to several charities including hearing dogs for the deaf, disabled riders and the Carers Trust which she established. She is said to be passionate about the British Military and attends all Remembrance Sunday parades in London in uniform. Well known for her interest in horses she competed in the Montreal Olympics in 1976 and is a member of the International Olympics Committee. Anne never regarded herself as glamorous and made no attempt to compete with the late Princess Diana. In some ways, like her mother the Queen, we have taken her for granted believing she would always be there.