Why Princess Anne's Royal Title is Very Rare

Why Princess Anne's Royal Title is Very Rare

It's been 34 years since the Queen made her only daughter Princess Royal in 1987, but did you know that Princess Anne's royal title is very rare?

The 70-year-old is only the seventh person to have held the title of Princess Royal since its establishment by Charles I for his daughter, Princess Mary, in 1642.

While the title is traditionally bestowed upon the eldest daughter of the sovereign, it is not automatic. The last Princess Royal before Anne was Princess Mary, the only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, who died in 1965. The title remained vacant for 22 years before the Queen bestowed it upon Princess Anne on 13 June 1987.

The title is held for life, even if the holder outlives her parent the monarch, which is why King George VI was unable to create his eldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, Princess Royal, because her aunt, Princess Mary, was in possession of the title at the time.

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