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Princes Charles leads well-wishers as his sister Anne turns 70

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have led the family tributes to Princess Anne on her 70th birthday today.

Prince Charles, 71, sent the Princess Royal, who is thought to spending the day on a sailing trip around the west coast of Scotland with husband Sir Tim Laurence, birthday congratulations on his Instagram account. 

The heir to the throne shared a collection of images of the siblings over the years – capturing the pair horse riding together, and with their parents, the Queen, 94, and Duke of Edinburgh, 99, as youngsters.

Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 38, also celebrated the milestone by posting a selection of photographs with the royal birthday girl to their social media page.

Elsewhere, the Royal Family’s Instagram account thanked fans for their warm wishes by sharing a portrait of Princess Anne taken by photographer John Swannell at Gatcombe Park‬ in February.

Anne’s son-in-law Mike Tindall has already revealed Covid-19 and the recent spike of cases in Aberdeen have meant plans to mark the big day in Scotland have been scaled back. 

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have paid tribute to Princess Anne (pictured with Prince Charles) on her 70th birthday today

The heir to the throne shared a collection of images of the siblings over the years - capturing the pair horse riding together, and with their parents, the Queen, 94, and Duke of Edinburgh, 99, as youngsters. Pictured is the post's caption

The heir to the throne shared a collection of images of the siblings over the years – capturing the pair horse riding together, and with their parents, the Queen, 94, and Duke of Edinburgh, 99, as youngsters. Pictured is the post’s caption

Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 38, also celebrated the milestone by posting a selection of photographs with the royal birthday girl to their social media page. Pictured, Kate with Anne on the Buckingham Palace Balcony in July 2018

Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 38, also celebrated the milestone by posting a selection of photographs with the royal birthday girl to their social media page. Pictured, Kate with Anne on the Buckingham Palace Balcony in July 2018

Princess Anne pictured with Prince William at a Buckingham Palace reception in January 2020. This is one of two images shared by the Duke of Cambridge to mark his Aunt's birthday

Princess Anne pictured with Prince William at a Buckingham Palace reception in January 2020. This is one of two images shared by the Duke of Cambridge to mark his Aunt’s birthday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also shared a birthday message for Anne, writing (above): 'Wishing a very happy 70th birthday to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal'

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also shared a birthday message for Anne, writing (above): ‘Wishing a very happy 70th birthday to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal’

Clarence House Instagram account, which is run on the behalf of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, posted a clip filled with throwback photographs.

‘Wishing The Princess Royal a very happy 70th Birthday,’ the post read. ‘Let’s take a look back at some family photos through the decades.’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also shared a birthday message for Anne, writing: ‘Wishing a very happy 70th birthday to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal,’ on their Instagram post, which featured photographs of the couple with the royal.

Meanwhile, the Queen’s social media account thanked fans for their warm wishes and shared a portrait of Anne in a stunning white gown. 

‘Thank you for all the warm wishes on The Princess Royal’s 70th birthday today,’ the caption read. ‘‪This new photograph, released to mark HRH’s birthday, was taken by John Swannell at Gatcombe Park‬.’

The Princess Royal’s 70th birthday was marked with the release of three official photographs to celebrate the milestone.

Prince Charles (pictured following the birth of Anne with his parents on 9 January 1951), 71, sent the Princess Royal, who is thought to spending the day on a sailing trip around the west coast of Scotland with husband Sir Tim Laurence, birthday congratulations on his Instagram account

Prince Charles (pictured following the birth of Anne with his parents on 9 January 1951), 71, sent the Princess Royal, who is thought to spending the day on a sailing trip around the west coast of Scotland with husband Sir Tim Laurence, birthday congratulations on his Instagram account 

Anne’s son-in-law Mike Tindall has already revealed Covid-19 and the recent spike of cases in Aberdeen have meant plans to mark the big day in Scotland have been scaled back. Pictured, Charles and Anne as youngsters in 1960 at the Balmoral estate

Prince Charles and Princess Anne appear alongside their mother the Queen in 2017 at Braemar Highland Gathering

The Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, after the Trooping the Colour ceremony held at Horse Guards Parade in 2000

The Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, after the Trooping the Colour ceremony held at Horse Guards Parade in 2000

Princess Anne is known for her no-nonsense approach to life and tenacious attitude, but in the images she is pictured smiling and looking relaxed at her Gatcombe Park home in Gloucestershire before lockdown.

Wearing a Maureen Baker evening dress, Sue Palmer bolero jacket and pearls, the Queen’s only daughter looks stylish as she poses for celebrated photographer John Swannell and smiles broadly while sat in her golden leaf chair.

Swannell has taken photographs of everyone from Diana, Princess of Wales and her sons and the Queen’s official Diamond Jubilee portrait in 2012 to Tony Blair, Sir Michael Caine and Sir Elton John.

In another picture the princess looks directly at the camera, with a hint of a smile on her lips, wearing a Sue Palmer emerald green dress and a gold ribbon knot brooch, set with 12 diamonds. 

The images were taken in late February a few weeks before the coronavirus lockdown, and in the final picture Anne is dressed more causally for the outdoor setting, where she poses under a tree and looks off into the distance. 

Elsewhere, the Royal Family's Instagram account (above) thanked fans for their warm wishes by sharing a portrait of Princess Anne taken by photographer John Swannell at Gatcombe Park‬ in February

Elsewhere, the Royal Family’s Instagram account (above) thanked fans for their warm wishes by sharing a portrait of Princess Anne taken by photographer John Swannell at Gatcombe Park‬ in February

Wearing a Maureen Baker, the Queen's only daughter looks stylish as she poses for celebrated photographer John Swannell and smiles broadly while sat in a chair

Wearing a Maureen Baker, the Queen’s only daughter looks stylish as she poses for celebrated photographer John Swannell and smiles broadly while sat in a chair

Anne’s son-in-law Mike Tindall has already revealed Covid-19 and the recent spike of cases in Aberdeen have meant plans to mark the day have been scaled back.

The former England rugby star, who is married to Anne’s daughter Zara, said alternative arrangements were being made.

Speaking earlier this week on BBC’s The One Show, Tindall said: ‘We did have plans – it would’ve been up in Scotland – but obviously with Covid and Aberdeen being locked down a bit, I think everything’s been scaled back a little bit.

‘It’s a shame. I’m sure we’ll do something as a family to celebrate her 70 amazing years, she’s just an incredible woman in terms of how much work she can get through in the year. 

‘We will be doing something, as yet I don’t know whether she knows – so my lips are sealed.’

The Princess Royal's 70th birthday was marked with the release of three official photographs to celebrate the milestone. In one image Anne is seen with a hint of a smile on her lips, wearing a Sue Palmer emerald green dress and a gold ribbon knot brooch, set with 12 diamonds

The Princess Royal’s 70th birthday was marked with the release of three official photographs to celebrate the milestone. In one image Anne is seen with a hint of a smile on her lips, wearing a Sue Palmer emerald green dress and a gold ribbon knot brooch, set with 12 diamonds

The images were taken in late February a few weeks before the coronavirus lockdown, and in the final picture Anne is dressed more causally for the outdoor setting, where she poses under a tree and looks off into the distance

The images were taken in late February a few weeks before the coronavirus lockdown, and in the final picture Anne is dressed more causally for the outdoor setting, where she poses under a tree and looks off into the distance

It is thought Anne is on a sailing trip around the west coast of Scotland with husband Sir Tim Laurence. 

Despite the limitations of Covid-19, Anne’s milestone has been marked by a TV documentary and she has also guest-edited Country Life magazine.

In the ITV film, the princess suggested that social media is adding to the pressures already faced by younger members of the royal family, like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

Anne was followed by film-makers for more than a year to make the programme, which featured unseen family footage and conversations with her children, Peter Phillips and Zara, and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

Speaking about the younger members of the monarchy, she said: ‘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.’

Her Majesty and the Princess Royal during the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, Braemar on 1 September 2018

Her Majesty and the Princess Royal during the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, Braemar on 1 September 2018 

Anne also said she hoped her legacy would be the passing-on of her knowledge and experience.

When she guest-edited Country Life, the princess paid tribute to her parents for instilling in her a lifelong love of nature.

Anne also wrote about holding an HGV licence, how she hates fly-tipping, and sees herself when she writes about rural affairs as a ‘classic Jack of all trades’.

She wrote: ‘I was equally fortunate that both my parents had a love and understanding of the natural world through their own experiences.’

In the documentary to mark her birthday, her son was asked to sum her up and replied: ‘Well, you know what, tenacious, I think, is a pretty good word to sum her up. 

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s only daughter is known for her no-nonsense approach and her work ethic.

The princess was born at Clarence House on August 15 1950 and is a younger sister to the Prince of Wales. 

She survived a kidnap attempt in 1974 and represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games, alongside raising a family and supporting the Queen. 

Anne is involved with more than 300 charities, organisations and military regiments, and regularly tops the leader board as the royal family member carrying out the most public engagements.



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