Princess Anne set to make history by taking over Prince Harry’s special role

She’ll be the first woman to hold that position

Princess Anne

Princess Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, is set to make history by becoming the first female captain-general of the Royal Marines.

  • The royal is set to take over from Prince Harry, after he stepped down from his duties as senior royal.
  • The Princess Royal will be the first female to be in that role.
  • This follows royal news (opens in new tab) that her son, Peter Phillips, has split from his wife Autumn (opens in new tab).

Princess Anne has long been one of our favourite royals – from her incredibly brave response when someone tried to kidnap her (opens in new tab), to how she reacted when she got a royal telling off from her mother, she’s definitely an underrated member of the Firm.

And now she’s becoming even more iconic, as she’s set to become the first female captain-general of the Royal Marines.

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The appointment is not official yet, but the Sunday Times reports an announcement from Her Majesty the Queen is imminent.

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Prince Harry is due to return to the UK (opens in new tab) next month for the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

The timing coincides with when the ‘new model’ for Harry and Meghan officially starts, following a period of transition since the Queen’s statement in January. (opens in new tab)

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It’s thought they will be performing their final royal duties around that time, one of them being one last "farewell engagement" with the Royal Marines – which Princess Anne will also attend.

Prince Harry inherited the role from his grandfather Prince Phillip in 2017, and held it for just over two years.

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Previous to that, the Duke of Edinburgh had been Captain-General for 64 years, and only retired as he withdrew from public duties at the age of 96.

The Times also reports Prince Phillip is "particularly keen" for his daughter to take over from Harry.

Princess Anne is already associated with over 300 charities, organisations and military regiments in the UK and overseas.

Mariana Cerqueira
Mariana Cerqueira

Mariana is the editor of My Imperfect Life. She has previously worked for lifestyle titles including GoodtoKnow covering all aspects of women’s lifestyle - from the Royal Family, beauty and fashion to wellness and travel. She was nominated for AOP Digital Journalist of the Year in 2020, and for New Digital Talent of the Year at the 2016 PPA Digital Awards. She’s mildly obsessed with TV (reality TV shows included) and spends far too much time planning her next trip away.