Princess Anne, 70, is Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and Prince Philip’s, 99, only daughter and is known to be one of the hardest-working members of the Royal Family. As with most senior members of the Firm, Anne holds a long list of ceremonial military posts, honours and titles in the UK and across the Commonwealth.
Princess Anne’s official titles explained
Princess Anne’s official royal title at the time of her birth was Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of Edinburgh.
The Queen was still Princess Elizabeth when Anne was born which meant her daughter’s HRH style made royal history.
Before Princess Anne, the child of a daughter of the monarch would not usually have been granted the title of princess or the style Royal Highness.
Princess Anne titles: The Princess Royal’s honours and military titles in full
Princess Anne titles: Anne holds a host of royal titles and honours
However, on October 22 1948, letters patent were issued granting these to any children of Princess Elizabeth and Philip.
As well as being a princess, Anne goes by several other royal titles.
Upon her mother, the Queen’s accession to the throne Anne became known as Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne.
Upon her wedding to first husband Captain Mark Phillips on November 14 1973, Anne’s full title changed to Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne, Mrs Mark Phillips.
On June 13, 1987, Anne was granted the title of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal by the Queen, a role which she will hold until her death.
Princess Anne titles: royal women’s military roles
Princess Anne’s honours
Anne has dedicated her adult life to serving the Crown and completes hundreds of engagements every year.
The Princess Royal has received a host of honours during her time as a senior royal.
These are Anne’s royal honours in full:
1969: Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II Order of St John
2009: Dame Grand Cross of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem
1971–2009: Dame of Justice of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem
15 August 1974: Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) – (Grand Master from 20 April 2007)
23 April 1994: Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter
30 November 2000: Extra Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle (KT)
2 June 1953: Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
6 February 1977: Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
6 February 2002: Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
6 February 2012: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
Princess Anne’s UK honorary military appointments
Like most senior royals, Anne also holds a series of ceremonial titles linked to the UK’s armed forces.
Colonel-in-Chief of the King’s Royal Hussars
Colonel-in-Chief of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment
Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Corps of Signals
Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Logistic Corps
Colonel-in-Chief the Royal Army Veterinary Corps
Colonel of the Blues and Royals
Royal Colonel of the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland
Royal Colonel of the 52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland
Royal Honorary Colonel of the University of London OTC
Commandant-in-Chief of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps) (1981 – present)
Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Lyneham (relinquished 30 September 2011)
Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Brize Norton (1 October 2011 – present)
Honorary Air Commodore of the University of London Air Squadron
Commodore-in-Chief of HMNB Portsmouth
Chief Commandant of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (1973-1993)
Chief Commandant for Women in the Royal Navy (1993 – present)
Princess Anne titles: Anne holds several honorary post in the Royal Navy
Princess Anne’s military ranks
Anne also holds several UK honorary military ranks, these are as follows:
Royal Navy 15 August 1993: Rear Admiral
Royal Navy 15 August 2009: Vice Admiral
Royal Navy 15 August 2012: Admiral
British Army 15 August 2020: General
Royal Air Force 15 August 2020: Air Chief Marshal Arms
Anne honoured one of her naval roles earlier this week during an important video call.
As well as being Admiral and Chief Commandant of Women in the Royal Navy, Anne is also Lady Sponsor of naval flagship HMS Albion.
She spoke to the vessel’s captain and former captain during a virtual engagement on Wednesday.
The Royal Family tweeted a photo of the meeting with the message: “As Sponsor of HMS Albion, The Princess Royal today held a virtual audience with the Ship’s new Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Kelly, and his predecessor, Captain Peter Laughton.
“HRH heard how the Ship’s Company has adapted to new restrictions while deployed overseas.”