To mark the occasion of The Princess Royal's 60th birthday, Mr John Swannell has been commissioned to take official photographs. HRH shall be spending the day with her husband, Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence. Princess Anne says she will not curb her busy lifestyle, having attended more than 600 engagements last year.
As well as backing many charities, the Princess Royal is on the organising committee for London's 2012 Olympics. The second child of The Queen, HRH has been president of the Save the Children Fund since 1970 and is president or patron of 320 organisations in total.
She has two children from her first marriage to Mark Phillips: Zara, 29, and Peter, 32, whose Canadian wife, Autumn, is expected to give birth in December. However, in an interview with the BBC's Inside Sport programme, HRH played down suggestions that she might take her work down a gear once she becomes a grandmother:-
"Look around at the members of my family who are considerably older than me and tell me whether you think they have set an example which suggests that I might - unlikely," Princess Anne said.