Princess Anne named hardest working royal with 180 working days

Keeping up with auntie Anne! William and Harry carried out FEWER days of official engagements this year than the dedicated Princess – as she’s crowned the hardest working royal yet AGAIN

  • The Princess Royal, 68, has been hardest working royal for at least three years
  • She spent more than 180 days working, Prince William had more than 120 days
  • Younger royals are focusing on projects such as their Heads Together initiative   

The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex carried out fewer days of official engagements this year than their aunt Princess Anne, it has been revealed. 

The Princess Royal, 68, was crowned the hardest working royal again this year after carrying out official engagements on more than 180 days.

In comparison, Prince William spent more than 120 days working, while Prince Harry spent more than 90 days working this year, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The Duchess of Sussex, who only joined the court circular after her nuptials in May, carried out just under 50 days of engagements in those seven months.  

Princess Anne, pictured next to her husband Sir Timothy Laurence while visiting Valparaiso, Chile, earlier this month, was the hardest working royal this year

Prince Charles (pictured during a visit to the Christmas tea dance at Dumfries House in Cumnock on Thursday), Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne worked a combined total of 675 days this year 

Kate, who was on maternity leave for much of the year after giving birth to Prince Louis in April, carried out a similar number, working more than 50 days in 2018.

The number of days worked by the royals differs greatly to the actual number of engagements as many may take place in a single day.

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One royal may attend more engagements than another, but work less days as a number are completed together.

Princess Anne has been named the hardest working royal each year since 2015. 

Prince William had more than 120 days of engagements, while Prince Harry had more than 90 (pictured together with the Duchess of Sussex and Duchess of Cambridge at the RAF centenary in July).

This year, her engagements included visiting Chile for the 200th Anniversary of the navy earlier this month and observing the annual census of the swan population on the River Thames in July.

Princess Anne also opened many buildings this year including the Lister Learning and Teaching Centre in Edinburgh in October.

Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne worked a combined total of 675 days this year, helping the Queen with duties including plaque unveiling and charity visits.

The younger royals instead have chosen to focus on fewer projects that they are more involved in, including their Heads Together mental health initiative.

Prince Edward, pictured at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff at the centenary for the end of the First World War, worked for more than 170 days this year, taking over from Prince Philip as head of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme after his retirement

The Queen, pictured at King’s Lynn station on Thursday, worked more than 120 days in 2018. Next year she is expected to hand over some of her patronages to the Duchess of Sussex, who joined the court circular in May after her wedding

Prince Edward took over from Prince Philip as head of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme after his retirement. The Duke of Edinburgh took part in six royal engagements this year.

Meghan’s working days are expected to increase next year, as the Queen is expected to pass along her patronages to other family members.

The royal family’s working year ends this week, as they head off to Sandringham to join the Queen for Christmas.

In 2017, Princess Anne attended 455 engagements, and in 2016 she worked 170 days.  

Who are the hardest working royals? 

Princess Anne: More than 180 separate days worked in 2018

Prince Edward: 170+ days

Prince Charles: 160+ days 

Prince Andrew:  140+ days

Queen: 120+ days

Prince William: 120+ days

Prince Harry: 90+ days 

Duchess of Cambridge: 50+ days

Duchess of Sussex: 40+ days 

Prince Philip: Six engagements 

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