Princess Anne proved she has earned her reputation as the hardest-working royal as she read through a large notebook on her way to a royal engagement on Wednesday morning.
The Princess Royal, 73, who has been dubbed the King’s “right-hand woman” thanks to her reputation for having a busy work schedule, was spotted on an outing in London.
Even behind the scenes she kept busy as she prepared to meet staff at Save The Children’s head office in Farringdon.
She has been a patron of Save the Children UK since 1970, the first major charity associated with the King’s sister, and last month celebrated 50 years of her work in Sri Lanka during her royal tour.
The princess was seen wearing a stylish green coat as she headed out in her black Range Rover surrounded by a caravan of vehicles.
Princess Anne kept busy as she read her notes on the way to Save The Children’s head office in Farringdon on Wednesday.
As is to be expected at royal engagements, she was flanked by police escorts on motorbikes as she made her way through the streets of central London.
The departure marks another milestone in her busy schedule: being the first royal to return to duty after the Christmas holidays.
She continues her busy series of engagements on her tour of Sri Lanka, during which she described herself as the “eyes and ears” of the monarchy.
The successful three-day visit with her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, also saw her carrying some of her suitcases up the stairs of the plane when they first arrived.
During an interview during the tour, he was asked about his workload and responded: “Well, I think in the context of the monarchy it takes more than one person to be able to stay in touch, and we are part of the eyes and ears.
‘So, as much as possible, we just want to get out there and find out what’s going on and help support people who are doing incredibly good work, wherever they are in the country and that applies here too.
“If you look around you there are charities that are well established and do fantastic work and those sorts of values should be supported, wherever they are, so it’s not difficult.”
With King Charles preparing for an operation and the Princess of Wales also out of action after undergoing major abdominal surgery, Anne has been at the forefront of attending royal engagements.
The Princess Royal, 73, has been dubbed the King’s “right hand” thanks to her reputation for having a busy work schedule.
Their motorcade, made up of two Range Rovers and two police escorts on motorcycles, traveled through the streets of central London.
Anne described herself as the “eyes and ears” of the monarchy during her tour of Sri Lanka earlier this month (pictured).
The 75-year-old monarch currently rests at the 20,000-acre Sandringham royal estate in Norfolk with Queen Camilla.
On Monday, during a visit to Swindon, the Queen told a member of the public that Charles is “doing well” as he prepares for this week’s operation.
The previous day he had missed a church service near Sandringham, where he was expected to walk a quarter of a mile from home to church, as he almost always does when at home in his private retreat.
There was no sign of his appearance as the bells tolled and the service began in the 18th-century church where members of the royal family traditionally worship during the winter holidays.
Buckingham Palace revealed last Wednesday that Charles was due to undergo a corrective procedure next week after being diagnosed with a benign enlarged prostate.
The news came just 90 minutes after Kensington Palace said the Princess of Wales had undergone abdominal surgery and would spend two weeks in hospital.
Kate is said to be “doing well” after her abdominal operation at the London Clinic near Regent’s Park.
The monarch and Queen Camilla were at their Scottish home in Birkhall when they received the shocking news, just after it was revealed that the Princess of Wales was in hospital.
King Charles will undergo surgery for an enlarged prostate next week and is currently resting at the Sandringham estate (pictured on January 7).
The Princess of Wales is said to be “doing well” and will spend the next week recovering in hospital after planned abdominal surgery.
During a visit to Swindon on Monday, Queen Camilla said the monarch, 75, is “doing well” when asked by a member of the public
The couple traveled more than 300 miles on Friday on an RAF plane from Aberdeen Airport to RAF Marham before traveling the final 15 miles to Sandringham.
Buckingham Palace shared the news about the King’s procedure just 90 minutes after Kensington Palace said Kate had undergone abdominal surgery and would spend two weeks in hospital.
The King, who acceded to the throne 16 months ago and was crowned in Westminster Abbey last May, will be admitted to an unnamed hospital.
Camilla revealed last week that the King was “well” and “looking forward to getting back to work” while making a solo visit to the Aberdeen Art Gallery last week.