Princess Anne in hospital after suspected injury from horse

Tuesday, 25 June 2024 - 10:50

The Princess Royal has been admitted to hospital with a minor head injury and concussion thought to be caused by a horse.
Princess Anne, 73, is expected to make a full and swift recovery after an incident at her Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire on Sunday, said Buckingham Palace, adding that she is "recovering well" and is "in a comfortable condition".

Her medical team suggested the head injury is consistent with the type of impact from a horse's legs or head.

"The King has been kept closely informed and joins the whole Royal Family in sending his fondest love and well-wishes to the Princess for a speedy recovery," the palace statement added.

Princess Anne's trip to Canada planned for the end of this week has been postponed. She will also miss the state banquet for the Japanese state visit on Tuesday.

The Princess Royal was injured on Sunday evening when she was out walking on her estate and horses were nearby.
But because of the princess’s concussion, it’s not known exactly what happened to cause the head wound.

Emergency services were called to the estate and the princess was taken to Southmead Hospital, Bristol.

The princess is conscious and is expected to stay in hospital until later this week "as a precautionary measure for observation", a Buckingham Palace statement said.

Princess Anne has competed in the Olympics in equestrian, and has continued to ride at Trooping the Colour

Her husband Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and her daughter Zara and son Peter were on the estate at the time. Her husband then travelled with her to hospital.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: "The Princess Royal has sustained minor injuries and concussion following an incident on the Gatcombe Park estate yesterday evening."

According to the NHS, concussion can be the result of a "temporary injury to the brain caused by a bump, blow or jolt".

This week she had a series of events planned, including the Japanese state visit, with other engagements scheduled in Scotland, Hampshire and Gloucestershire.

Her sense of public duty combined with a no-nonsense approach has helped her status as one of the most popular royals, with consistently high approval ratings in opinion polls.

She is known for her interest in horses and her achievements in equestrian sports, becoming the first member of the Royal Family to compete in the Olympics, in the games in Montreal in 1976.

As the second child of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip she was third in line to the throne when she was born and she is now 17th in the line of succession.

She has married twice. Her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, is the father of her two children, Peter and Zara.

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