Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and Prince Philip’s, 99, only daughter Princess Anne is 14th in line to the throne. Anne and the Queen rarely carry out joint engagements and appear in public together less often than the Queen and higher-ranking members of the Royal Family like Prince Charles. Nonetheless, a body language expert has analysed four photos of the Queen and Anne which she claims show their “enigmatic bond.”
Despite her lower position in the line of succession the Princess Royal is known to be one of the hardest-working members of the Firm and is respected for her tireless dedication to the crown.
According to a body language expert, while Anne has more in common with her father Prince Philip, she and the Queen still share things in common like their stoic attitude towards royal duty and a love of horses.
Body language expert and author Judi James told Express.co.uk: “The bonds between these two women might not have been featured as publicly as the Queen’s relationship with her next in line Charles or even his son William, but that is probably because the crown always places emphasis on the line of succession and the continuity of that line, meaning the dynamic between Anne and her mother has received less of a public airing.
“The other reason for the slightly enigmatic air about the style of their relationship is that, historically, Anne has always been known as being closest to Prince Philip.”
Princess Anne turned 70 on August 15 but her birthday celebrations were put on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Anne lives at Gatcombe House in Gloucestershire, which was a wedding gift to her from the Queen following her first marriage to Captain Mark Phillips.
Anne and Mark’s two children – Zara Tindall, 39, and Peter Phillips, 42, both live in homes on their mother’s Gatcombe Park estate.
Anne set a new royal precedent by rejecting the Queen’s offer of royal titles for her children and raising them as private citizens instead.