Princess Anne is looking for a new private secretary

Well she IS Britain’s busiest royal! Princess Anne is looking for a new private secretary to assist her on engagements at home and abroad

  • The Princess Royal, 67, carried out 455 engagements in the UK alone this year
  • UK duties found to be more than Philip, Harry, William and Kate combined
  • Kate was the royal with the fewest engagements in her schedule for the third year running 
  • The Prince of Wales did the most overseas travelling this year with 172 events
  • Figures were compiled by ‘veteran royal watcher’ Tim O’Donovan for The Times

She was recently crowned as Britain’s ‘busiest royal’, so it is little wonder that Princess Anne is on the hunt for a new private secretary.

The Princess Royal, 67, is currently advertising for a right-hand man or woman – ideally with a military background – to assist her on engagements at home and overseas.

The ‘outstanding’ candidate must be able to demonstrate ‘intellectual rigour’ and have a good understanding of the UK’s political, economic and geographical infrastructure’ according to the job listing on the Royal family’s website.

The vacancy closes later this month with interviews from June onward, although the right candidate will not start for another four months according to the job listing – suggesting a gruelling recruitment process.

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Princess Anne is currently advertising for a new right-hand man or woman to assist her on engagements at home and overseas

Could it be you? The vacancy closes later this month with interviews from June onward, although the right candidate will not start for another four months according to the job listing

Duties include everything from ‘advising and supporting HRH in all matters and accompanying The Princess Royal on overseas trips, to supervising the planning and execution of the official programme, along with managing budgets and correspondence’.

Last year Anne, whose current private secretary is Captain Nick Wright, was crowned the ‘busiest royal’ for the second time after clocking up 455 official engagements in 2017.

Anne put her younger family members to shame with a dizzying roster of UK gala dinners, receptions and charity events – as well as a further 85 engagements overseas.

Hot on Anne’s heels was her brother the Prince of Wales, who has carried out an impressive 374 duties on home turf this year, followed by 172 foreign events.

The figures, published by The Times in December, show that Charles, 69, did the most overseas travelling last year. 

Princess Anne put her younger family members to shame with a dizzying roster of UK gala dinners, receptions and charity events in 2017 – as well as a further 85 engagements overseas


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge clocked up 117 and 63 UK engagements respectively, although Kate was bed-bound for much of the year with severe morning sickness

UK engagements

 . Princess Anne: 455

. Prince of Wales: 374 

. The Queen: 296 

. The Duke of York: 220 

. The Duchess of Cornwall: 145 

. Prince Harry: 139 

. The Duke of Edinburgh: 131 

. Duke of Cambridge: 117 

. Duchess of Cambridge: 63 

Overseas engagements

. The Prince of Wales: 172

. The Duke of York: 106 

. The Duchess of Cornwall: 90

. Princess Anne: 85 

. Prince Harry: 70 

. The Countess of Wessex: 70 

. The Earl of Wessex: 58 

. The Duke of Cambridge: 54

. The Duchess of Cambridge: 42 

They were compiled by ‘veteran royal watcher’ Tim O’Donovan, 85, who studies the court circular each year to analyse the amount of engagements carried out by members of the royal family.

According to his annual account of royal engagements, the Duchess of Cambridge was the royal with the fewest engagements in her schedule for the third year running – although Kate was forced to miss a number of events this year due to severe morning sickness.

Her husband Prince WIlliam, by contrast, carried out 117 engagements at home and 54 overseas according to his diary.

And at the age of 91, the Queen carried out an impressive 296 engagements in total – with O’Donovan noting that the monarch ‘never has a day off’ except for Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. 

Commenting on his annual account of royal engagements, O’Donovan told The Times: ‘The young ones are beginning to do a bit more. 


Hot on Anne’s heels was Anne’s brother the Prince of Wales, who has carried out an impressive 374 duties on home turf last year (left); with Harry undertaking 139 UK engagements (right)

The Queen carried out an impressive 296 engagements in 2017 – with O’Donovan noting that the monarch ‘never has a day off’ except for Christmas Day and Easter Sunday

‘Every engagement is different, in terms of time spent and the preparation needed, whether it be a visit, investiture or a speech. It goes to show how much work they do.’

And after studying Princess Anne’s diary in detail, he added: ‘She is always rushing around the country. 

‘I’m just amazed when I look through the court circular at what she does in a day. The amount she crams in is extraordinary.’

After returning to royal duties after the Christmas break, Princess Anne, who was previously named the busiest royal in 2015, carried out a further five duties in the space of a week.

Among them was a farming conference in Oxford, a watersports centre in Bristol and a luncheon at the London Boat Show.

The Princess Royal is also involved with more than 300 charities and organisations, according to O’Donovan.

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