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The country's "hardest working royal" Princess Anne will get to enjoy some well-earned time off on her birthday, but will "be relieved that the lifting of restrictions will enable her to have much more freedom" to carry out her royal duties, an expert has said.
Princess Anne turns 71 years old today and has built a reputation as the hardest working royal – regularly attending the most official engagements each year.
Figures reveal the Princess Royal made 148 official engagements in 2020, spending 145 days carrying out public duties.
Prince Charles came in second place with 146 official engagements, while the Queen was the third-hardest working royal as she carried out 136 engagements over a period of 130 days.
The Princess Royal performs all her official duties and engagements on behalf of the Queen.
She holds patronage within over 300 organisations.
These organisations include Riders for Health, and the Carers Trust.
Members of the Royal Family have now begun to congregate at Balmoral for their annual summer holiday.
With nothing in the royal diary, Princess Anne will be able to enjoy some time off on her special day.
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Richard Fitzwilliams told the Daily Star the Princess Royal has a "no-nonsense approach to royal life" which has won her much praise over the years.
He said: "The Princess Royal has a reputation as the hardest working royal and her low-key, no-nonsense approach to royal life and her dedication to the charities she supports, such as Save the Children, has won the admiration of the public for many years.
"Last year she celebrated her 70th birthday under lockdown which, as she said in a documentary to mark the occasion, she found frustrating.
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"As she quipped, in her job, 'sitting still really doesn't happen very much'.
"This year, when she celebrates, she will doubtless be relieved that the lifting of restrictions will enable her to have much more freedom to carry out the duties she manages, with so little fuss, but with so much commitment."
Anne lives at Gatcombe House in Gloucestershire with her husband Timothy Laurence.
The stately home was a gift to Anne from the Queen following her wedding to her first husband Mark Phillips in 1973.
Anne's children Zara Tindall, 40, and Peter Phillips, 43, both live in properties on the estate.
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