Princess Anne’s body language suggests ‘strong bonds’ and ‘mutual passion’ with Queen

Princess Anne’s body language suggests ‘strong bonds’ and ‘mutual passion’ with Queen


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Princess Anne is the second eldest child of the Queen and Prince Philip, 99. She became a working royal 50-years-ago, shortly after leaving school.

Since then Princess Anne has carried out lots of royal engagements and is often branded the hardest working member of the family.

Despite being the only daughter of the Queen and her second eldest child, Princess Anne is 14th in line to the British throne.

Although this means she is unlikely to become Queen, body language expert Judi James explained she has some similarities to the monarch.

“There have been times in the past when Anne and the Queen have chosen to dress in such ‘matching’ styles,” Judi told

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“They have presented a more traditional mother/daughter, mirrored appearance.

“Anne appears to make the Queen laugh and most poses between the two women suggest a shared sense of humour, bringing out a side of the Queen that we rarely get to glimpse.

“Princess Anne has always been both the closest and the most similar in terms of personality to her father Prince Philip, and her low-key, unfussy, immensely solid role in the Queen’s public life makes their relationship look similar in many ways to that between the Queen and her husband.”

The expert suggested Princess Anne has some notable similarities with her father.

Prince Philip has rarely attended engagements since he retired in 2017 and Princess Anne may have stepped up since then to offer similar support to the Queen.

Judi continued: “In one photo, the pose is typical in the way that it shows the relaxed closeness between the mother and daughter, but also how much those bonds are based on some similar body language traits to those between the Queen and Prince Philip.

“Anne stands tall, looking around with the kind of steely, puckered brow expression of her father while the Queen stands close, looking interested and amused.”

The royal women also appear to have bonded over shared interests.

As well as attending working engagements, Princess Anne and the Queen have enjoyed days out together at the races.

Princess Anne has shown her love of horses by competing in the Olympics in 1976.

The Queen is also thought to enjoy the sport and is sometimes spotted horse-riding at her home at Windsor Castle.

Judi continued: “Both women share a passion for horses and, off-duty, they will often dress in identical, countrywomen-style, tweeds, wellies and headscarves.

“If the Queen hadn’t inherited the crown it’s likely it would be Anne’s lifestyle that she would have most love to embrace, although the Queen does seem to have a soft spot for some of the glamour of royal life that is apparently an anathema to her daughter.

“This is probably where the two women show the strongest bonds as both have a life-long love of horses.

“Anne and her daughter Zara’s Olympic successes might have been counted as some of the Queen’s proudest moments as a parent and grandparent.

“This mutual passion must mean long hours spent riding together and their body language here suggests they use that time in conversation as well.”

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