Princess Anne Hospitalized After Horse-Related Incident

Princess Anne suffered minor injuries and a concussion following an incident at Gatcombe Park. Buckingham Palace confirms she is under observation in the hospital.

Published June 24, 2024 - 19:06pm

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King Charles' sister, Princess Anne, has been hospitalized following an incident at her Gatcombe Park estate. The 73-year-old Princess Royal sustained minor injuries and a concussion on Sunday evening and is currently under observation at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. Buckingham Palace has assured the public that she is expected to make a full recovery.

The palace's official statement read: 'The Princess Royal has sustained minor injuries and concussion following an incident on the Gatcombe Park estate yesterday evening. Her Royal Highness remains in Southmead Hospital, Bristol, as a precautionary measure for observation and is expected to make a full and swift recovery.'

Sunday's incident occurred while the Princess was out walking near horses on her estate in Gloucestershire. Emergency services were promptly called, and she was transported to the hospital. Her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and her children, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, were present at the estate during the incident. Sir Tim accompanied her to the hospital.

Though the exact details of the injury were not disclosed, several reports suggest that the injuries are consistent with an impact from a horse's head or legs. The BBC first reported that emergency services were called to the estate, and Buckingham Palace confirmed her hospitalization soon after.

Kate Middleton had recently announced her battle with early-stage breast cancer. Similarly, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, revealed her fight against the same disease, making it a challenging year for Britain's royal family, including King Charles' recent skin cancer diagnosis. Adding to these plights, Princess Anne's accident also brings unwanted media attention.

Buckingham Palace has made it known that King Charles, closely informed of his sister's condition, joins the rest of the royal family in sending heartfelt love and get-well-soon wishes. A spokesperson for the palace further mentioned that on medical advice, Princess Anne's planned engagements for the upcoming week, including an official visit to Canada and a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, have been postponed.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak extended well-wishes to the Princess, saying: 'Everyone in the country is immensely fond of Her Royal Highness. We are all sending her our best wishes for a swift recovery.'

Princess Anne, known for her dedication, has often been hailed as the hardest-working royal due to her extensive engagement schedule. Over the years, she has consistently performed over 500 annual engagements, and from January to April 2024 alone, she managed 172 engagements. Her tireless work ensures Her Majesty fulfills many responsibilities, earning all-round praise for her commitment.

Before this unfortunate incident, the Princess undertook numerous public appearances, including commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the Trooping the Colour, the Order of the Garter service, and the Royal Ascot. Aside from her royal duties, Princess Anne is an accomplished equestrian, having competed in the three-day event at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

With her extensive workload and dedication to the monarchy, Princess Anne's sudden need for rest has come as a surprise to many. It is anticipated she will take this time to recuperate fully before resuming her duties. The royal family and the public alike are hopeful that her recovery will be speedy, and she can return to her important work for the monarchy and the country.


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