'It's only me ma'am': Princess Anne still embodies all that's loved about British royal family
The only daughter of Prince Phillip and Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne is the first member of the royal family to have competed in the Olympics in 1976.
The NATO reception at the Buckingham Palace was on full swing on Tuesday with world leaders gathered in the palace, some were said to be mocking President Donald Trump while others were being greeted by the Queen herself. In the midst of it all, an unlikely champ surfaced: Princess Anne — daughter of Queen Elizabeth II — who holds the title of The Princess Royal.
The only daughter of Prince Phillip and Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne is the first member of the royal family to have competed in the Olympics (majorly accomplished equestrian), in 1976 and also hold a rank of Admiral and Chief Commandant of Women in the Royal Navy.
A video of a moment between her and the Queen vent viral after she was seen giving a goofy shrug to Queen Elizabeth after her mother looked toward her while meeting President Trump and the first lady. Headlines ran that she had snubbed the Queen or the Trumps, but it was later revealed, it wasn't so. Her mother had asked her about which world leader was after the Trumps and Anne had said "It's just me, ma'am" adding a moment later "and this lot" pointing to the members of the household behind her. If that isn't a sweet moment, what is?
Considering the whirlwind that the royal family has been through in the past couple of months with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's documentary and more recently Prince Andrew's ouster, it is worth noting that Princess Anne's little lighthearted moment is just what we needed.
She's not just a total power chick, she is also a fashion icon.
Although when you think of royal fashion you think of Diana, Kate, and Meghan, Anne's been an underrated frontrunner in the game as well — as early as the 1960s. Stylish chokers, color-blocked outfits, coordinated gingham, super stylish capes and those tiny sunnies. Anne's been doing it for much longer than any Instagram influencer has.
Plus, she can really rock a uniform and seriously cool cowboy-inspired fedoras too. Remember the athleisure shades at Harry and Meghan's wedding? Yes, athleisure sunnies to a wedding, a royal wedding.
Before Meghan became the center of attention for breaking x number of royal protocols, Anne was there. She was the first member of royal family to remarry after a divorce. She split up with Mark Phillips and went on to tie the knot with Sir Tim Laurence in December 1992. She also decided not to give her children, Zara Tindall and Peter Philips, royal titles.
Anne, who is 14th in line to the throne, is known as the most down-to-earth Windsor and has more royal engagements than most of them, according to The Guardian. She works with 200 charities and organizations. If all of this doesn't convince you that Anne is awesome, here's another example.
In 1974, 26-year-old Ian Ball tried to kidnap Anne for ransom money. He was unemployed and suffered from mental illness. On the way back from a charity film screening to the Buckingham Palace around 8 pm, a white Ford blocked Anne's Rolls Royce way out of nowhere. Ball came and brandished two guns and the tussle ended up shooting her bodyguard and her chauffeur and when he asked her to get out of the car, Anne retorted, "Not bloody likely!" She was 23 at the time.