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The Queen leads the tributes as Anne turns 69

Prince Andrew, the Queen and Prince Charles have paid tribute to Princess Anne on her 69th birthday today.

The Duke of York, 59, sent the Princess Royal birthday congratulations, with a collection of images of his older sister over the years. 

The Royal Family Instagram, which is run for the Queen, 93, and Prince Philip, 98, posted a picture of the monarch with her only daughter Princess Anne in the Palace’s White Drawing Room – a warm portrait taken in April 2015 for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Sharing the snap, which has already racked up over 330,000 likes, the Queen wrote: ‘Wishing The Princess Royal a Happy Birthday! Born on this day in 1950, Her Royal Highness is the second child of Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh.’

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The Duke of York, 59, sent the Princess Royal birthday congratulations, with a collection of images of Andrew and his older sister over the years. A black and white snap taken in 1960, showsng the royal family having a picnic on the Balmoral Castle estate, when Anne was just 10 years old.

Elsewhere William, Charles and Anne can be seen on horseback during a Trooping The Colour ceremony in 2013

Elsewhere William, Charles and Anne can be seen on horseback during a Trooping The Colour ceremony in 2013

Meanwhile Princess Andrew, 59, shared a collage, writing: ‘Wishing Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal a very Happy Birthday!’

Pictures of the siblings together go back as far as  1960, with a picture showing the royal family having a picnic on the Balmoral Castle estate, when Anne was just 10 years old.

Another snap sees the late Princess Margaret, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew standing behind the late Queen Mother at a Dance of the Decades official picture.

Elsewhere William, Charles and Anne can be seen on horseback during a Trooping The Colour ceremony in 2013, while a final picture shared by Andrew sees the Prince with Anne as they receive Ambassador of Lithuania at Buckingham Palace.

Princess Andrew, 59, shared a collage, writing: 'Wishing Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal a very Happy Birthday!'

Princess Andrew, 59, shared a collage, writing: ‘Wishing Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal a very Happy Birthday!’

Another snap sees the late Princess Margaret, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew standing behind the late Queen Mother at a Dance of the Decades official picture

Another snap sees the late Princess Margaret, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew standing behind the late Queen Mother at a Dance of the Decades official picture

A final picture shared by Andrew sees the Prince with Anne as they receive Ambassador of Lithuania at Buckingham Palace

A final picture shared by Andrew sees the Prince with Anne as they receive Ambassador of Lithuania at Buckingham Palace

The Clarence House account, run for Prince Charles, 70, shared a picture of the duo together, writing: ‘Wishing The Princess Royal a very Happy Birthday. #HappyBirthdayHRH’.

Anne, who the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s only daughter, is known for her no-nonsense approach and her work ethic.

Involved with more than 300 charities, organisations and military regiments, Anne regularly tops the leader board as the royal carrying out the most public engagements.

The princess was born at Clarence House on August 15 1950 and is younger sister to the Prince of Wales.

She is the mother of silver medal-winning Olympic horsewoman Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, who runs a sports management firm.

Anne was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia in 1990 for her work as president of the charity Save The Children.

Meanwhile the Clarence House account, run for Prince Charles, 70, shared a picture of the duo together, writing: 'Wishing The Princess Royal a very Happy Birthday. #HappyBirthdayHRH'

Meanwhile the Clarence House account, run for Prince Charles, 70, shared a picture of the duo together, writing: ‘Wishing The Princess Royal a very Happy Birthday. #HappyBirthdayHRH’

Prince Charles and Princess Anne Royal Ascot race meeting, Berkshire, Britain - 19 Jun 2012

 Prince Charles and Princess Anne Royal Ascot race meeting, Berkshire, Britain – 19 Jun 2012

The Royal Family Instagram , which is run for the Queen, 93, and Prince Philip, 98, posted a picture of the monarch with her only daughter Princess Anne, writing: 'Happy birthday HRH!'

The Royal Family Instagram , which is run for the Queen, 93, and Prince Philip, 98, posted a picture of the monarch with her only daughter Princess Anne, writing: ‘Happy birthday HRH!’

Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II hosts a garden party with Princess Anne, Princess Royal (C-R), Prince Andrew, Earl of Inverness (L) and Prince Edward, Earl of Forfar at The Palace Of Holyroodhouse on July 3, 2019

Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II hosts a garden party with Princess Anne, Princess Royal (C-R), Prince Andrew, Earl of Inverness (L) and Prince Edward, Earl of Forfar at The Palace Of Holyroodhouse on July 3, 2019

In 2002, Anne became the first senior member of the royal family to be convicted of a criminal offence.

She pleaded guilty at East Berkshire Magistrates’ Court in Slough to a charge under the Dangerous Dogs Act after her English bull terrier Dotty bit two children in Windsor Great Park. She was fined £500.

A skilled horsewoman, Anne won the individual championship at Burghley in 1971, and was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

 She won a place in the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a three-day eventer in the British equestrian team.

In 1987, Anne was honoured by the Queen with the senior title of Princess Royal, which is traditionally, but not automatically, given by the sovereign to their eldest daughter.

Anne has been married twice. She wed Capt Phillips in 1973, they separated in 1989 and divorced in 1992.

In 1992, she married Tim Laurence, a former equerry to the Queen, who became a Vice Admiral. They will mark 27 years of marriage later this year. 




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