The one reason Princess Anne could be stepping up her royal duties in the coming weeks

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  • Princess Anne might be stepping up her royal duties over the next few weeks as other royals may be forced to take a backseat.


    With COVID-19 taking over the country, royals over the age of 70, such as the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall could be forced to self-isolate.

    The government could soon unveil plans to ask all those over 70 to self-isolate for up to four months.

    The Queen, 93, has already cancelled a number of scheduled appearances in Camden and Cheshire this week.

    A statement from Buckingham Palace read: ‘As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances, changes are being made to The Queen’s diary commitments in the coming weeks.’

    ‘In consultation with the Medical Household and Government, Her Majesty’s forthcoming visits to Cheshire and Camden will be rescheduled.’

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    The Princess Royal, accompanied by her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, today paid tribute to a remarkable woman: Odette Hallowes. On Platform 8 at Paddington Station, The Princess Royal revealed that a new @gwruk train would be named after the WWII Secret Agent. Odette was awarded the George Cross for her undercover work in France during the Second World War as a member of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry – of which The Princess Royal has been Commandant-in-Chief of since 1981. Odette Hallowes was captured, interrogated and tortured. She endured months of solitary confinement and death threats but revealed nothing. She later said: . “I saw things which no human ever should see, but it is the dignity I want to remember. The dignity of people stripped of everything else. No-one can take that away. Destruction was all around me, but it only served to highlight courage and human dignity at its finest.”

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    While Charles and Camilla are postponing their spring tour, which was due to start today.

    A Clarence House spokesman said: ‘Owing to the unfolding situation with the Coronavirus pandemic, The British Government has asked Their Royal Highnesses to postpone their spring tour to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Jordan.’

    Will Princess Anne take on more engagements?

    Princess Anne – who is often branded the ‘hardest working royal’ – still has a jam packed schedule despite the outbreak.

    Yesterday, Anne attend the National Convention at the Addington Equestrian Centre.

    Today, she is due to appear at a luncheon for the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in London.

    And later this week, the Princess Royal is scheduled to visit Guy’s Campus at King’s College London.

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