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Princess Anne crowned hardest working royal again

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Princess Anne has earned the title of the hardest-working member of the Royal Family once again. An analysis of the engagements listed in the Court Circular, the official registry of all royal visits and duties undertaken by senior members of the Firm, shows the Princess Royal carried out 214 royal engagements throughout 2022.

She was followed in the ranking by her elder brother Charles, who in September acceded to the throne following the death of Elizabeth II.

King Charles completed 181 engagements this year, the analysis by Reboot SEO Company says, almost 40 more than those carried out by the late Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, who came in third position.

The Earl of Wessex completed 143 engagements in 2022, followed by Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who raked in 138.

Prince William, who following the death of his grandmother three months ago became the new Prince of Wales, carried out 126 official engagements. 

The Prince carried out 36 more official visits and duties than his wife Kate, Princess of Wales, this year.

As Kate came in ninth position with a total of 90 official duties completed in 2022, she was preceded by Camilla, Queen Consort, in sixth position with 102 engagements.

Between the Queen Consort and Kate in the charts are also the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester who carried out 100 and 94 engagements respectively in 2022.

At the bottom of the chart are the oldest senior royals who, despite being well into their 80s, still raked in dozens of engagements over the past 12 months. 

The Duke of Kent completed 78 royal duties, while his sister Princess Alexandra attended 44 engagements.

Princess Anne had been named hardest working member of the Firm also in 2021, when she took the crown with 387 engagements.

Much like this year, she was followed by the then Prince of Wales, Charles, who completed 385 official duties.

This analysis did not include the late Queen. Despite her declining health and mobility issues, the late monarch did manage to complete several in-person and virtual engagements between January and September 2022.

Most memorably, she stepped out of Windsor Castle on three occasions during the Platinum Jubilee weekend in June, making two appearances on the balcony at Buckingham Palace and remotely lighting the main beacon in front of her London residence. 

The Queen abided by her pledge to serve the country and the Commonwealth for life by carrying out official engagements until the very end.

On September 6, two days before her death, she met Boris Johnson, who at the time was leaving his post as Prime Minister, and welcomed his successor Liz Truss.

While she missed the much-beloved Braemar Gathering during the previous weekend, the late monarch held two meetings with Reverend Dr Iain Greenshields, a Church of Scotland minister, at her home in Balmoral.

Recalling his last-ever visit to the Queen, Dr Greenshields told The Times: “It was a fantastic visit. Her memory was absolutely amazing, and she was really full of fun.

“It came as a great shock to me when I heard she was gravely ill because she was in amazingly good form over the weekend. She was the life and soul of things.” 

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