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Princess Anne Hospitalized With Minor Injuries After Incident

Princess Anne, the younger sister of King Charles III, was hospitalized on Sunday evening after suffering a concussion and other minor injuries in an unspecified accident, Buckingham Palace said on Monday.

The palace said Anne, 73, remained in Southmead Hospital in Bristol, but was expected to “make a full and swift recovery.” A spokesman said the princess “is recovering well, is in a comfortable condition and is being kept in hospital as a precautionary measure for further observation.”

The palace offered no details on the nature of the accident, which occurred while Anne was walking on the grounds of Gatcombe Park, a sprawling estate in Gloucestershire that serves as her country residence.

A person familiar with the royal family said there were horses in the area where Anne was injured, and that her head wounds were consistent with having had contact with the legs or head of a horse. Anne is an accomplished equestrian who competed for Britain in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

The palace said Anne’s injuries would force her to postpone a trip to Canada later in the week. She will also miss a state banquet for Emperor Naruhito of Japan, and his wife, Empress Masako, a palace official said, that is being hosted by King Charles and Queen Camilla on Tuesday evening.

Charles has been kept closely informed, the palace added, saying that he joined the whole royal family in “sending his fondest love and well wishes to the princess for a speedy recovery.”

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Last modified: 26 June 2024
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