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Princess Anne set to be first royal to return to public duties

Princess Anne is set to be the first member of The Royal Family to resume public duties with a visit to the Duke of Gloucester Barracks in Gloucestershire on Tuesday 16th June. If the engagement does go ahead as planned, it will mark the first face-to-face engagement for a member of The Royal Family since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March.

The Princess Royal is set to meet with COVID-19 staff at the Duke of Gloucester Barracks in South Cerney.

The engagement on Tuesday 16th June may be Princess Anne’s first in a while but it is certainly not her last. On Tuesday 30th June, the Princess Royal is set to visit Scarborough and Ryedale Carers, of which she is Patron, to celebrate their 25th anniversary. She will also visit Dovecote Park in Pontefract in her role as President of City and Guilds London Institute.

The Duke of Gloucester Barracks is a British Army barracks and was established on the site of the former RAF South Cerney in 1971. Notable units based at the barracks include the 104th Logistic Support Brigade, Joint Air Mounting Centre and The Royal Logistics Corps.

Princess Anne will celebrate her 70th Birthday in August and was one of the last members of The Royal Family to perform a public engagement before the UK went in to lockdown. She attended the National Convention at Addington Equestrian Centre on 16th March.

Princess Anne is the only senior member of The Royal Family to have engagements in the diary. The Queen’s engagements are expected to be cancelled until the Autumn at the earliest while The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Earl and Countess of Wessex are currently looking at ways to conduct physical engagements in the near future.

Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall will return to London next week to formally receive President Macron of France at Clarence House.

Princess Anne is often regarded as the hardest working member of The Royal Family. In 2019 she performed 506 public engagements, just slightly behind Prince Charles’s 521.

Photo: Chatham House

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