Princess Anne hospitalised as she suffers ‘minor injuries’ after incident at her estate

According to a new Buckingham Palace update, Princess Anne has sustained minor injuries and a concussion on her estate in Gloucestershire. The incident took place yesterday evening.

Princess Anne hospitalised horse-injury Southmead Hospital
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Princess Anne hospitalised horse-injury Southmead Hospital

The hardest working Royal, Princess Anne, suffered minor injuries and a concussion on her estate in Gloucestershire yesterday evening (June 23). Buckingham Palace released a statement to confirm that the Princess was rushed to the hospital and will stay there for a while as a ‘precautionary measure.’

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The cause of the injury is unconfirmed but it is understood horses were around the vicinity.

As a reminder, King Charles’ right-hand woman has a keen interest in horses. She is best known for her achievements in equestrian sports. She became the first member of the Royal Family to compete in the Olympics at the Games of Montreal in 1976.

Princess Anne sustained injuries and admitted to hospital

The Princess’ medical team said her injuries were consistent ‘with a potential impact from a horse’s head or legs.’ According to The Telegraph, the princess was walking within the protected perimeter of her Gatcombe Park estate when the incident occurred.

The emergency services were dispatched to the estate after which she was transferred to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for appropriate tests, treatment and observation. Princess Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips were informed about the incident at the same time as they were present on the estate. Sir Timothy also went to the hospital with Princess Anne. Other royal members like the King, Queen, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew and Prince William were informed later last night.

The Buckingham Palace statement confirms that her injuries are ‘minor’ and is at the hospital for ‘precautionary measures.’ They added that the Princess is expected to make a ‘full and swift recovery’ from the unfortunate incident.

The speculation begins

Meanwhile, Royal commentator Michael Cole has speculated that Princess Anne’s overnight stay might mean the injuries are not as ‘minor’ as the Firm has intended it to be. He told GB News:

She has stayed overnight and I think that should be an indication that this was no minor matter.
As we all know, she’s quite a tough cookie and for her to go to a hospital in Bristol means that there was a cause for that. To have the Princess Royal in a hospital, any hospital, overnight, would indicate that it is not a minor matter.

However, the Palace has claimed that the Princess is conscious and awake in the hospital in their latest updates on her health.

Princess Anne’s scheduled events shake up after the incident

In light of Princess Anne’s injuries, her spokesperson confirmed that all her meetings and events for this week will be cancelled. The 73-year-old also had to visit Canada for an official tour this week which has been postponed on doctor’s advice. The Royal Family and the Canadian government are now looking at how her proposed engagements may be adapted. Her spokesperson said:

On doctors’ advice, Her Royal Highness’s engagements for the week ahead will be postponed. Her Royal Highness sends her apologies to any who may be inconvenienced or disappointed as a result.

Apart from the Canada trip, the Princess will also miss out on a state banquet held in honour of the Emperor and Empress of Japan. The event will take place tomorrow evening as planned, however, without Princess Anne. A palace spokesman said:

The Japanese state visit will go ahead as planned, though sadly Her Royal Highness will be unable to attend the state banquet tomorrow.

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The Telegraph: Princess Anne in hospital after being injured by a horse

Buckingham Palace statement

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