How The Princess Royal Stayed Calm During A Kidnap Attempt, Won BBC Sports Personality Of The Year And Asserted Her Preference To Be A Knight Of The Garter

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How The Princess Royal Stayed Calm During A Kidnap Attempt, Won BBC Sports Personality Of The Year And Asserted Her Preference To Be A Knight Of The Garter

She is widely acknowledged as the most industrious royal, having completed 457 engagements in 2023 and over 170 since the beginning of this year. However, Anne, the Princess Royal, stands out for various other reasons as well.

In 1994, she made history as the first woman to be appointed a Knight of the Order of the Garter, insisting on the title rather than being referred to as a ‘Lady’ of the order.

Additionally, in 2022, she became the inaugural female royal to participate in the Vigil of the Princes, following the passing of her mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Anne also holds the distinction of being the first woman to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, which she received in 1971.

Princess Anne was awarded BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1971 after winning the individual title at the European Eventing Championship with her horse

Her love for horses led her to compete in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, making her the first British royal to compete in the Olympics.

Moreover, her memorable response to attempted kidnapper Ian Ball in 1974, when he demanded she exit her car after ambushing her along The Mall, remains legendary: ‘Not bloody likely!’ she retorted.

Over the years, Anne has become a fashion icon, often revisiting her favorite ensembles from the 1970s and 80s. With her sharp wit, she once humorously gifted her brother, King Charles, with a toilet seat to symbolize his ascent to ‘the throne’.

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