Princess Anne presented Ireland captain Johnny Sexton with the Centenary Quiche following his team’s Six Nations victory over Scotland.
The 72-year-old royal was no doubt disappointed by the end result, which saw her beloved team lose 22-7 to Ireland in Edinburgh.
Among her many roles, Anne, often referred to as the firm’s hardest-working member, has been president of the Scottish Rugby Union since 1986. She regularly attends matches, where she can be seen cheering from the stands.
Footage taken during today’s match shows the royal, who had donned a tartan scarf, looking rather more somber as her team were bested.
At the very least, Princess Anne should have been comfortable during the game, as she was bundled up against the bracing weather, rocking a warm navy coat along with her plaid scarf.
A smiling Princess Anne presented Ireland captain Johnny Sexton with the Centenary Quiche following his team’s Six Nations victory over Scotland today.
The Princess Royal presents the Quaich to Johnny Sexton of Ireland after the match.
The Princess Royal (pictured left) attended the Guinness Six Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium where she watched Ireland beat her team Scotland 22-7
The somber tone marked a departure from a recent match attended by the royal, during which she was photographed smiling and applauding as Scotland beat England at Twickenham Stadium.
During that match late last month, his team defeated the English 29-23. The royals were seen personally congratulating team captain Jamie Ritchie.
However, just days later, France ended Scotland’s bid for their first Grand Slam in rugby’s Six Nations Championship, with a 32-21 victory at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north from Paris.
Anne’s attendance at games, which she rarely misses thanks to her role as president of the Scottish Rugby Union, are just a few of her countless public appearances.
In 2022, Anne finished the year with 214 official engagements to her credit, 30 more than her brother the King.
The research, which was carried out by company Reboot SEO and is based on entries published in Court Circular, also found that Prince William had completed 126 engagements, while Kate Middleton had only completed 90.
Thanks to her no-nonsense attitude, as well as her work ethic, Princess Anne has become a fan favorite among royal watchers, despite having a lower profile than some other members of the Firm.
Footage taken during today’s match shows the royal, who had donned a tartan scarf, looking rather more somber as her team were outclassed.
Crowd: Princess Anne was photographed in the crowd at today’s Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland (pictured centre)
Among her achievements, Anne, who was born at Clarence House on August 15, 1950, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia in 1990 for her work as chair of the Save The Children charity.
A skilled horsewoman, she won the singles championship at Burghley in 1971 and was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The athlete also won a place in the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a three-day entrant on the British equestrian team.
Sporting ability runs in the family: the Princess Royal is the mother of Olympic silver medal-winning jockey Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, who runs a sports management company.
In 1987, Anne was honored by the Queen with the primary title of Princess Royal, which is traditionally, but not automatically, bestowed by the sovereign on her eldest daughter.
The royal family has a long historical connection to Scotland, owning the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh and Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, where their mother, the late Queen, died in September 2022.