The Princess Royal was born on 15 August 1950 in London. She is the only daughter and second child of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. She was known as Princess Anne until she was given the title of The Princess Royal by The Queen in June 1987.

She was educated at Buckingham Palace and in 1963 joined Benenden School in Kent where she completed her education.

The Princess Royal began public engagements in 1969 when she was 18 years old.

HRH The Princes Royal has two children, Peter Mark Phillips born on 15 November 1977 and Zara Phillips born on 27 July 1981.

The Princess Royal married Commander Timothy Laurence, now Admiral Laurence, on 12 December 1992.

She has three granddaughters: Savannah Phillips born in December 2010, Isla Phillips born in March 2012 and Mia Tindall born in January 2014.