Her Love Of Horses Was Well Known
Princess Anne's true love has always been horses.
Prince Philip once joked, "If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she isn’t interested."
Not A Cookie Cutter Princess
Princess Anne has had her share of tiaras and evening gowns, but only when it is absolutely required.
“As a young princess I was a huge disappointment to everyone concerned," she said.
“It’s impractical to go around in life dressed in a long white dress and a crown.”
Social Media Pressure
Princess Anne fully understands the pressures of social media and what the younger royals struggle with.
In an ITV documentary, she said, "The pressure that is applied to the younger members of the family is always worse, because that’s what the media is interested in and that’s, you know, hard sometimes to deal with. But there was no social media in my day. So it probably has made it more difficult.”
She added, “I know what Twitter is but I wouldn’t go anywhere near it if you paid me frankly. But that’s a slightly different issue.”
Princess Anne recently had to teach her mom Queen Elizabeth II how to use Zoom.
"Can you see everybody? You should have six people on your screen," viewers could hear Anne asking.
The Queen replied, "Yes, well, I can see four anyway."
"OK, fair enough," Anne said. "Actually, you don't need me, you know what I look like."
A large part of royal births is the photocall outside the hospital after the baby is born. In more recent memory, fans can picture Prince William and Kate Middleton on the steps of the Lindo Wing with their newborns.
But Princess Anne did things differently and made the walk to her car, cradling baby Zara, without her husband.
Most people wouldn't know how to handle being kidnapped, but Princess Anne remained calm during her 1974 incident.
When a man pulled a gun on Anne and her then-husband Captain Mark Phillips, telling them to get out of the car or he would shoot, Anne replied, "Not bloody likely."
It Runs In The Family
Princess Anne has been mistaken for her older brother Prince Charles on more than one occasion.
She recalled one of the times during a speech: "My brother tells a story of having visited an elderly care home in Scotland, and at the time he was in a kilt. And he actually heard, when he was engaged in conversation down the other end, an old lady saying, 'Is that the Princess Royal?'"
She added, "Thought it was quite funny. And I am wearing trousers today!"
Princess Anne has always been very close to her father Prince Philip but she made a cheeky comment when asked for an update on his health after his 2019 car crash at the age of 97.
"I've no idea. You know where I am? Same place as you," she quipped.
Princess Anne Retires From Eventing
Princess Anne was the first British royal to compete in the Olympics, but upon her retirement from Eventing, she was asked what her greatest achievement in the sport was.
She answered, "I got them more lavatories."
Like Mother, Like Daughter
Zara Phillips followed in her mother Anne's footsteps and competed in Eventing at the London Olympics.
In a sweet moment, Anne had the chance to present her daughter with the silver medal.