Princess Anne steps into Prince Philip’s shoes with important naval engagement

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Princess Anne, 70, is often compared to her father Prince Philip, 99, for her no-nonsense approach to serving the crown. On Wednesday the Princess Royal continued the Duke’s naval legacy with an important virtual meeting.

Princess Anne holds several honorary military titles in her role as a senior working royal.

Anne holds the rank of Admiral and is Chief Commandant of Women in the Royal Navy.

She is also Lady Sponsor of naval flagship HMS Albion and honoured the role in a recent virtual engagement.

On Wednesday, the Royal Family’s official Twitter account shared a photo of Anne’s video call with key naval officers.

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The tweet read: “As Sponsor of HMS Albion, The Princess Royal today held a virtual audience with the Ship’s new Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Kelly, and his predecessor, Captain Peter Laughton.

“HRH heard how the Ship’s Company has adapted to new restrictions while deployed overseas.”

A second tweet about the engagement added: “The Princess Royal launched @HMS_Albion in 2001, and in 2019, HRH took the salute at the Ship’s Freedom of the City Parade in Chester.”

HMS Albion is one of the British Royal Navy’s two amphibious assault ships whose mission is to “deliver the punch of the Royal Marines ashore by air and sea”, according to the Royal Navy’s official website.

The vessel’s official Twitter account profile claims it serves the nation “Boldly, Faithfully, Successfully”.

The photograph of Anne during the virtual engagement with the ship’s captain Simon Kelly, and his predecessor, Captain Peter Laughton show her smiling warmly at the camera.

The Duke of Edinburgh retired from public life in 2017 but during his time as a working royal held several important honorary military posts.

Prince Philip was the Captain-General of the Royal Marines, a role he passed on to his grandson Prince Harry, 36, upon his retirement.


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As a young man, the Duke had a budding career in the navy but sacrificed his future in the forces in order to serve the Crown fulltime.

Princess Anne’s military titles

Like most senior members of the Firm, Anne holds a string of important military honours.

The Princess Royal has been granted the following honorary military posts in the UK:

Royal Navy Rear Admiral (August 15 1993)

Royal Navy Vice Admiral (August 15 2009)

Royal Navy Admiral (August 15 2012)

British Army General (August 15 2020)

Royal Air Force Air Chief Marshal (August 15 2020)

Princess Anne is known to be one of the hardest working members of the Royal Family and carries out hundreds of engagements every year.

The Princess Royal has honoured her royal responsibilities and taken part in virtual engagements during the pandemic.

Anne lives in Gloucestershire on the Gatcombe Park estate.

Her two children Zara Tindall, 39, and Peter Phillips, 42, both live nearby.

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