Princess Anne in hospital after suffering minor injuries and concussion

Princess Anne in hospital after suffering minor injuries and concussion
Princess Anne in hospital after suffering minor injuries and concussion

Princess Anne, sister of King Charles III, was hospitalized as a precaution after suffering minor injuries and a concussion in an “incident” at her home, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

“The Princess Royal suffers minor injuries and a concussion following an incident at Gatcombe Park yesterday (Sunday) evening,” Buckingham Palace announced on Monday. The incident was allegedly caused by a horse.

The daughter of Queen Elizabeth II was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol, it is said. Gatcombe Park, located in Gloucestershire (southwest England), is the country residence of the 73-year-old princess.

A royal source told CNN that the sister of King Charles III was walking near horses in her estate when she suffered a minor head injury. Although the exact cause of these injuries is not confirmed, Princess Anne’s medical team says her head injuries are consistent with a potential impact to a horse’s head or legs.

“The Princess Royal is recovering well (…) and remains under observation in hospital as a precautionary measure,” said a palace spokesperson. It is understood that Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and her children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, were on the estate at the time of the incident. Sir Tim is said to have accompanied his wife as she was taken to hospital.

Deferred commitments

The Princess Royal has a busy engagement schedule, but a palace spokesperson said: “On the advice of doctors, Her Royal Highness’s engagements for the coming week will be postponed. Her Royal Highness apologizes to anyone who may be inconvenienced or disappointed.” The Princess will therefore not be able to attend the Japanese State Banquet at Buckingham Palace this Tuesday evening, and will not travel to Canada as planned later this week.

King Charles III, currently being treated for cancer but who has resumed his public engagements since mid-April, has been informed. “He joined the entire royal family in sending his greatest love and best wishes to the princess for a speedy recovery,” the palace said.

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For the record, Princess Anne is an accomplished horsewoman. She was notably the first Briton to participate in the equestrian events at the Olympic Games, in Montreal in 1976. She also won a gold medal in 1971 and two silver medals in 1975 at the European Eventing Championships.

Princess Anne is still an excellent rider today. She, like her nephew Prince William, reviewed the troops on horseback during the Trooping Color, the king’s birthday parade which took place a few days ago.

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