Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Princess Anne’s number of children. She has two children and four grandchildren.
Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, is making headlines following Buckingham Palace’s reception with NATO leaders.
Anne, 69, is the mother to two children, including the queen’s eldest granddaughter, Zara Phillips Tindall. Formally known as Anne, The Princess Royal, she was the first member of the royal family to have competed in the Olympics when she rode the queen’s horse in the three-day equestrian event in 1976. She also holds the rank of Admiral and Chief Commandant of Women in the Royal Navy.
Princess Anne is 14th in line to the British throne and doesn’t often create major buzz. Here are a few reasons why she’s in the spotlight.
Princess Anne was seen talking with Justin Trudeau, other world leaders
A video captured by pool cameras that surfaced following the palace reception shows Princess Anne standing with several leaders appearing to chuckle about President Donald Trump behind his back.
The recording, first shared by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, captures snippets of a conversation between French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Princess Anne.
The princess, mostly blocked by Rutte, is not heard saying anything, though she leans forward toward Johnson near the end of the clip.
She shrugged at Queen Elizabeth
Another video from the event, which made the rounds on Twitter Wednesday morning, showed Princess Anne giving a goofy shrug to Queen Elizabeth II after her mother looked toward her while meeting President Trump and the first lady.
The U.K. tabloids had a field day with the video with headlines that said “Princess Anne shrugs as The Queen scolds her during Trump greeting’” and “Princess Anne gets told off by the Queen as she meets Donald Trump.” But a longer version of the clip shows Anne escorting the Trumps inside, and royal watchers stood up for the princess.
“I’m not sure what Princess Anne did wrong?” tweeted former Obama White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco. “She’s not part of the greeting party so she didn’t snub them. Also even if she hated Trump, she wouldn’t embarrass the queen.”
After the buzzy moment, Prince Charles and Camilla helped the queen formally welcome guests, posing for a group photograph before attendees headed into another room, where Anne and other royals would mingle with visitors.
Princess Anne has a prominent role in Season 3 of ‘The Crown’
Season 3 of Netflix’s “The Crown,” which chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth, debuted Nov. 17 and now features a young Princess Anne (Erin Doherty) as the series begins to creep closer to more present-day storylines audiences recognize.
But until “The Crown” casts its Prince William and Prince Harry, there’s still some royal family background info to catch up on: According to Wikipedia search statistics, Princess Anne’s page saw over a sizeable increase in views two days after the show’s streaming release: from 16,000 to 140,000 searches. Prince Charles, Princess Margaret, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth and other Season 3 standouts saw similar spikes.
Fans of the show and TV critics alike have praised Doherty’s performance, also pointing out she’s a dead ringer for the young princess.
There weren’t that many royals in attendance
Several of the royal families high-profile members were out of town Tuesday night, or, in Prince Andrew’s case, out of commission. The prince, who ordinarily would be present at an event like this one, announced Nov. 20 that he would be stepping back from his royal duties amid growing speculation surrounding his involvement with late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
And the Fab Four had dwindled down to just Duchess Kate for the evening: Prince William wraps up his four-day Persian Gulf tour in Kuwait and Oman on Wednesday, his first diplomatic visit to both countries as he begins to take on more responsibility representing his grandmother and Britain abroad. Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are taking a family break with baby Archie until the New Year.
That left the queen, Prince Charles and Camilla to formally receive NATO leaders. Duchess Kate, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (the queen’s youngest son), Princess Anne, and some of the monarch’s close cousins later welcomed guests.
Contributing: Maria Puente and William Cummings