Princess Anne follows in Charles and Sophie Wessex’s footsteps with personal project

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PRINCESS Anne has appeared on Westminster Abbey’s podcast as she continues to be busy with royal duties during the coronavirus lockdown.

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The Princess Royal, 69, took part in the latest episode of Abbeycast to mark St Peter’s Day. She is the third royal to feature on the podcast, which was launched at the start of the pandemic, after Prince Charles and the Countess of Wessex previously gave readings.

Westminster Abbey tweeted: “We are delighted that HRH The Princess Royal has recorded a reading for a special edition of our podcast to celebrate #StPetersDay.”

Anne, who is spending the lockdown at her Gatcombe Park residence in Gloucestershire, read Matthew 16: 13–19.

The episode is led by The Reverend Canon Dr James Hawkey, Canon Theologian, with an address by The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster.

The podcast was recorded in the Sacrarium in front of the statue of St Peter by the High Altar.

Princess Anne

The Princess Royal took part in the latest episode of Abbeycast to mark St Peter’s Day (Image: GETTY)

St Peter is the patron saint of Westminster Abbey, which is currently only open for private prayer due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Abbey would usually celebrate St Peter’s Day with a Festal Eucharist.

Westminster Abbey launched its podcast at the start on the lockdown with the first episode on March 25.

There have now been more than 20 episodes made by the Abbey’s clergy with a special guest each week.

Sophie Countess of Wessex

Anne is the third royal to feature on the podcast after Prince Charles and the Countess of Wessex previously gave readings (Image: GETTY)

Anne is not the first royal to appear on the podcast.

Charles, 71, read John 20: 1-18 for Easter Day.

And Sophie, 55, read from St Luke’s Gospel for the Ascension Day episode of Abbeycast in May.

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Westminster Abbey has strong links to the Royal Family.

It has been the location of every coronation since 1066 including the Queen’s on June 2 1953.

And the Abbey has hosted 16 royal weddings, including Prince William and Kate’s big day back in 2011.

Westminster Abbey has reopened for private prayer after being forced to close its doors during the lockdown.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK