Princess Anne has taken a break from her duties as the hardest working royal to enjoy a rugby match alongside her husband today.
The Princess Royal, 72, rugged up warm on Saturday afternoon in a scarf, pom pom beanie and navy coat with the Olympic rings emblem.
She stood alongside her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence for the England versus Scotland International Rugby Match at Twickenham Stadium.
When her beloved Scotland defeated the English 29-23, she cheered and celebrated from the sidelines, and personally congratulated team captain Jamie Ritchie.
Photos taken of the couple at the event show them singing the Scottish national anthem and clapping during an applause for legends of both nations who have died since the last Calcutta Cup.
The sold out match kicked off at 4.45pm, with tickets selling for as high as £1,349 for pitch view seats.
When her beloved Scotland defeated the English 29-23, she cheered and celebrated from the sidelines, and personally congratulated team captain Jamie Ritchie
The Princess Royal, 72, rugged up warm on Saturday afternoon in a scarf, pom pom beanie and navy coat with the Olympic rings emblem
Scotland captain James Ritchie shakes hands with the Princess Royal before receiving the Calcutta Cup trophy
Princess Anne is the royal patron for Scottish Rugby Union – a title she’s held since 1986 and is close to her heart. She’s rarely missed a match since.
The princess has managed to become a favourite among royal fans, through her work and attitude.
She was born at Clarence House on August 15 1950 and is the mother of silver medal-winning Olympic horsewoman Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, who runs a sports management firm.
Anne was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia in 1990 for her work as president of the charity Save The Children.
A skilled horsewoman, she won the individual championship at Burghley in 1971, and was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The athlete also won a place in the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a three-day eventer in the British equestrian team.
In 1987, Anne was honoured by the Queen with the senior title of Princess Royal, which is traditionally, but not automatically, given by the sovereign to their eldest daughter.
She’s also often lauded as the hardest working royal. In 2022, the Princess Royal ended the year with 214 official engagements under her belt – 30 more than her brother the King.
The research, which was conducted by Reboot SEO company and is based on entries published in the Court Circular, also found Prince William had completed 126 engagements, while Kate Middleton undertook just 90.
In the past few weeks alone, she’s opened the newly refurbished Edinburgh poppy factory and visited British soldiers in Cyprus among other engagements.
Princess Anne is the royal patron for Scottish Rugby Union – a title she’s held since 1986 and is close to her heart. She’s rarely missed a match since
The sold out match kicked off at 4.45pm, with tickets selling for as high as £1,349 for pitch view seats
Princess Anne is a Rugby fan and also patron of the Scottish rugby union
Scotland defeated the English 29-23 on Saturday
Earlier on Saturday, defiant Welsh rugby fans continued to sing Tom Jones’ hit Delilah in Cardiff after attempts to ban the song for allegedly ‘glorifying domestic violence’.
Before the Wales versus Ireland rugby match today, the streets of Cardiff rang with the song after Welsh rugby bosses announced a ban on the Tom Jones classic as its lyrics glorifies domestic violence.
The 1968 hit details the opportunistic killing by a man who waits until his former partner’s lover leaves her home before making his move – stabbing his unfaithful partner.
Welsh Rugby Union – currently in the midst of a crisis due to claims of a ‘toxic’ culture of sexist, racist and homophobic bullying – announced Delilah will now not be played by bands at the Principality Stadium, nor sung by choirs, during the upcoming Six Nations.
The song has become an unofficial anthem for Welsh rugby fans over the years at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium and holds a strong place in the hearts of many.
Proud fans previously blasted the ‘ridiculous decision’ and vowed to continue singing, with one saying: ‘Try stopping 50,000 people.’
Photos taken of the couple at the event show them singing the Scottish national anthem and clapping during a moment’s applause for legends of both countries, who have died since the last Calcutta Cup
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