Anne’s grandchildren will ‘distract her’ over first anniversary of Queen’s death

In the lead-up to the first anniversary of the late Queen’s death next month, Princess Anne’s grandchildren will provide a perfect distraction from her “grief”.

Through her two children, Anne has five grandchildren – her son Peter’s two daughters and her daughter Zara’s three children.

The late Queen’s only daughter was at her bedside as she passed away, and she escorted her late mother on her solemn final journey from Balmoral to Windsor last year.

In a statement following the late Queen’s death, Anne said that she felt “fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest mother’s life”.

Now as she faces the heartbreak of the pending anniversary, an expert details how, apart from the support of her husband and children, her grandchildren will “distract her” from the grief she will be feeling.

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Royal expert Jennie Bond says that the five children – Savannah, 12, Isla, 11, Mia, nine, Lena, five, and Lucas, two – will be by their grandmother’s side, and likely unknowingly, helping her process her grief.

Ms Bond told OK!: “Kids take you out of your world, into a space full of laughter… or tantrums… toys and playtime.

“Whatever they’re up to, it’s all-consuming, leaving no time to think about how sad you are really feeling.”

The expert, who was also the BBC’s former royal correspondent, added: “They also throw your focus onto the future, instead of dwelling on the past, and I imagine Princess Anne will be taking every chance to be with her grandchildren – as much as she can with her extremely busy work schedule.”

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Having been deemed the hardest-working royal, Ms Bond said that her work will also be a “very useful distraction”.

As well as her grandchildren, Anne’s children Zara and Peter are also close by and live on her 730-acre estate – meaning they will be on hand to support their mother over the coming weeks.

Ms Bond said: “The fact that they all live on the Gatcombe estate speaks volumes about how well they all get on.

“I’m sure Anne is a very important part of that set-up.”

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Anne is also a very hands-on grandmother, who enjoys the time she spends with Savannah, Isla, Mia, Lena and Lucas.

A source has said that Anne “encourages her grandchildren to push boundaries”.

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