Already hardest-working! Princess Anne is first royal to resume duties-with special guest


The Princess Royal has hit the ground running as she has already completed one royal engagement. The Court Circular, which registers all the official engagements carried out by senior members of the Firm, recorded on January 6 the attendance of Princess Anne at the Oxford Farming Convention.

But Anne wasn’t alone during this remote engagement, as her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, also attended the event.

The entry read: “The Princess Royal, Honorary President, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence this afternoon attended the Oxford Farming Conference via video link.”

The Oxford Farming Convention is taking place this year between January 5 and 7 and is traditionally hosted every year on the first week of the year.

This means Anne is the first royal to return to work after Christmas on most years.

The conference is an event taking place in Oxford for UK’s farmers and has been first held in 1936.

Much like in 2021, Anne’s attended the event remotely.

The princess has a keen interest in farming and works with several organisations focused on the topic.

Among the associations in which she has a role, there are Gloucestershire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, The Worshipful Company of Farmers and National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

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Princess Anne also has direct experience with farming, as she administrates the farm on the Gloucestershire estate given her by the Queen as a wedding present in the 1970s.

The Queen’s only daugther has also often voiced her views on farming in the past.

In an interview with Vanity Fair released to mark her 70th birthday, she spoke in favour of genetically modified crops when used “wisely for very specific environments.”

Moreover, she appeared to be against veganism, as she said: “You can’t have a world without livestock.


“They are a necessary and very constructive part of our expectation to feed ourselves.”

The Princess Royal concluded 2021 after being crowned the hardest-working member of the Firm.

Anne completed 387 official engagements over the previous 12 months.

She was followed closely by her elder brother Prince Charles who, aged 73, carried out 385 royal duties last year.

Brother and sister were followed by Prince William, who came in third place with 235 official duties.

The Queen, despite her health concerns, age and grief following the death of her husband Prince Philip, carried out a stunning number of engagements, 184.

While Princess Anne has already resumed her duties, other members of the Royal Family are expected to follow through next week.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will likely be in London on Monday, as Prince George and Princess Charlotte will return to the classroom, which suggests they may end their Christmas break within days.

On Sunday, however the family of five will surely gather to celebrate Kate, who is turning 40.

The royals haven’t shared any plans to celebrate this milestone, and the Duchess is expected to spend the birthday privately.

However, she may delight royal fans by sharing a never-before-seen picture of herself to mark the key date.


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