Published On: Fri, Aug 16th, 2019

Princess Anne MORE POPULAR heir than Prince Charles – ‘I wish she was next in line!’ | Royal | News


Princess Anne turned 69 yesterday and royal fans around the world took to social media to celebrate her special day. The Queen and Prince Philip’s official Instagram account also paid a lovely tribute to their only daughter, with many fans paying their own tributes in the comments. But among the many birthday wishes, there were praises of Anne’s work and personality – with one social media user even claiming they would prefer her over her brother Prince Charles as heir apparent. 

They wrote: “How I wish the Princess Royal was the next in line.

“No one is more like the wonderful Queen.”

An Express.co.uk poll in June, of 5,338 readers, found Princess Anne was more popular than her brother.

When asked ‘Who is your favourite member of the Royal Family?’, 158 readers chose Anne, with just 76 replying Charles. 

Royal expert and author Marlene Koenig agreed.

She said: “She would be a very grounded heir to the throne.

“She is a take no prisoner type of person with a strong personality.

“She’d not as ‘artsy’ as her older brother. She has strong charitable ethics like her brother, but a very different personality.”

Prince Charles is the legitimate heir to the throne as the first son of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, born on November 14 1948.  

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Princess Anne, despite being second-born, fell further down the pecking order after the birth of Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, according to the Royal Marriages Act 1772, an act of Parliament in force at the time of her birth on August 15 1950.

The act was based on male-preference primogeniture, which accorded more rights to the throne to male members of the family than female ones, regardless of order of birth.

The act was repealed in 2013 by the new Succession to the Crown Act 2013, which replaces male-preference primogeniture with absolute primogeniture for those born in the line of succession after October 28 2011.

Princess Anne became third and then fourth-in-line to the throne when her younger brothers were born.

But thanks to the new act, the only daughter of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, retained her claim to the throne even after the birth of her younger brother, Prince Louis, in 2018.   

Anne’s devotion to her role and royal duties has been hailed by many royal fans yesterday.

One wrote on Instagram: “The most underrated member of the Royal family. Happy Birthday Princess Royal.”

Another said: “Happy Birthday Princess Anne. A hard working royal with a great sense of humour.

“I really respect the way you brought up your two lovely children.”

A third wrote: “Many happy returns and thank you so much for all the work you do – so much if it unreported but so meaningful to many people.”

Another Instagram user added: “Beautiful women who have tirelessly served the Commonwealth with grace and dignity. 

“And I see such a strong resemblance between Her Majesty and Princess Charlotte in this picture.”

Princess Anne’s commitment to her role has been outlined also by royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams.

He told Express.co.uk: “The Princess Royal has a unique position within the Royal Family.

“She is, together with Prince Charles, the hardest-working member of the Royal Family who eschews personal publicity.

“She is highly respected and has a no-nonsense reputation.”

The never-before-seen snap depicts the Queen and Princess Anne smiling at the camera while sitting next to each other on a sofa in the Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.

That same room during the past year has been the location for several important photoshoots, with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry gathering their relatives there to take official pictures on their wedding day on May 19 last year and on the christening of their firstborn Archie Harrison on July 6.     



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