In honor of Princess Anne’s 72nd birthday, The royal family is sending their best wishes to her.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s only daughter was honored with a special tribute on the royal family’s official Instagram and Twitter accounts, as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton’s social media.
On Monday, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s only daughter was feted with social media tributes from all three of the royal family’s official accounts. The family’s main feed shared a photo of Princess Anne from the Not Forgotten Association Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May, where she stepped out in a floral patterned ensemble and purple hat.
“Wishing The Princess Royal a happy birthday today!” they captioned the smiling photo.
The Royal Family Instagram account posted a photo of the princess to its Stories taken during Anne’s appearance at the Not Forgotten Association Garden Party held at Buckingham Palace in May of this year, during which she wore a lavender hat and matching floral print skirt suit. They wrote alongside the image, “Wishing The Princess Royal a happy birthday today!” The post was also shared by Clarence House, the official account for Anne’s brother Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, on their Instagram Stories as well as on Twitter.
William and Kate Middleton chose to create their own congratulatory post for social media, sharing a photo of Princess Anne attending the Epsom Derby at Epsom Racecourse during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations back in June wearing a baby blue fascinator and tweed skirt suit. They wrote underneath the image, “Wishing a very happy birthday to The Princess Royal today!,” adding a birthday cake emoji alongside that message on Twitter.
Wishing a very happy birthday to The Princess Royal today!🎂
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) August 15, 2022
Anne is more than the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth, she’s also the first member of the royal family to ever go to the Olympics, competing in the three-day equestrian event during the 1976 Montreal games and riding the monarch’s horse, Goodwill. While she didn’t medal there, prior to that, she took home the individual gold medal at the 1971 Burghley Horse Trials Three-Day Event, as well as winning individual and team silver medals in 1975 at the Luhmuhlen Horse Trials in Germany. Her first marriage was also to an Olympian, Mark Phillips, a fellow equestrian who competed in eventing and won a team gold medal at the 1972 Olympics, followed by a team silver medal in 1988. Given both her parents’ athletic pedigrees, it should come as no surprise that their daughter, Zara Tindall, also became an Olympic equestrian, winning a team silver medal for eventing in 2012, in addition to multiple other international medals.
The tweet was also shared by Clarence House, the official account for Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, on their Instagram story.
Princess Anne, who is also a grandmother of five, holds a rare royal title: Princess Royal. Anne is only the seventh person to be Princess Royal since its establishment by King Charles I for his daughter, Princess Mary, in 1642.
Although the title is usually given to the eldest daughter of the monarch, it is not automatic. Before Anne, the last Princess Royal was another Princess Mary, the daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, who lived until 1965. No member of the royal family held the decade for over two decades until Queen Elizabeth bestowed it upon Princess Anne in 1987.
The title may someday belong to Princess Charlotte when her father, Prince William, becomes king.