Princess Anne hailed ‘safe pair of hands’ for Queen amid Prince Andrew titles reshuffle

Princess Anne 'is the best of the royal family' says Galloway

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The Queen will likely pass on to her only daughter the more “prestigious” roles Prince Andrew returned earlier this month, according to a royal commentator. Nigel Cawthorne, author of Prince Andrew: Epstein, Maxwell and the Palace, told “I think they will scatter the patronages around to the other members of the Royal Family.

“And the prestigious ones, I think, will go to Anne.

“After all she is a safe pair of hands.”

Princess Anne already holds several military patronages.

Among the honorary titles she has been given over the years, the Princess Royal is Honorary Air Commodore at RAF Brize Norton, Colonel of the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons), Colonel-in-Chief of The King’s Royal Hussars and Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Logistic Corps.

In total, the Queen’s daughter holds more than 300 patronages focused on an array of topics, including farming, carers, sports and horses.

The Princess Royal, who started undertaking royal duties after turning 18, has proven her worth over the years through her work.

In particular, Anne has distinguished herself for her commitment to Save the Children, with which she has travelled the world to raise funds and awareness on children in need.

And in recent years, she has regularly been among the hardest-working members of the Royal Family for the number of days worked and duties undertaken. 

Princess Anne is among the 11 senior royals who could be handed over Andrew’s former patronages.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has been tipped to become the next Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, a role the Duke of York was passed on from his father Prince Philip in 2017.

Last week, the Sunday Times reported a senior source in the Guards claiming people in the regiments would “love” if the honorary title was passed on to Kate.

They said: “From straw polling through the ranks, they would all love it to be Kate. 

“We all admire the way she has fitted in and behaved.

“She never seems to put a foot wrong.”

Buckingham Palace announced on January 13 Prince Andrew would no longer hold royal and military patronages.

The palace’s statement read: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.”

Referring to the lawsuit launched against Prince Andrew by Virginia Giuffre last summer, the statement added: “The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”

Royal sources also said the Duke of York is retaining his HRH style but won’t use it in any official setting.

Prince Andrew, a Falklands War veteran, held several honorary military titles – including Royal Colonel of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, Colonel-in-chief of the Royal Highland Fusiliers in Canada and Commodore-in-chief of the Fleet Air Arm.

Among other honorary titles he lost, he will no longer have a role at Royal Portrush and Royal County Down golf clubs in Northern Ireland.

Ms Giuffre, formerly Virginia Roberts, is accusing Andrew of having committed “sexual assault and battery” upon her when she 17.

She alleges she was trafficked by late convicted sexual offender Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with the Duke on three different occasions in 2001.

Prince Andrew firmly denies these claims and any wrongdoing. 

Nigel Cawthorne’s Prince Andrew: Epstein, Maxwell and the Palace, published by Hive, is available in paperback. 

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