As Charles III grapples with his new role, Princess Anne has emerged as an important confidante to the new king.
Along with his mother, she has been a mainstay in his life – and insiders say they are closer now than ever.
They were born just 21 months apart and grew up as the closest of siblings – both teenagers by the time their parents’ third child, Prince Andrew, started elementary school.
Inevitably, given the protected environment of the royal family, they formed a special bond with their younger brothers above and beyond those who followed.
As Charles III grapples with his new role, Princess Anne has emerged as an important confidante to the new king. The siblings are pictured together at the Highland Games on September 3, days before their mother’s death.
They are known to have fun in each other’s company, sharing the same sense of humour, a love of the countryside and an affection for all things Scottish.
Nevertheless, in adulthood, Anne has also respected her various roles and the constitutional destiny of her older brother.
The sibling joke common in so many families, in his case, rests on a quiet respect.
His relationship with Queen Elizabeth II has been compared to that of his younger sister, Princess Margaret.
Now Charles, as once used to be the case with his mother, is an inexperienced monarch who needs a trusting ear with whom to share trust—and, increasingly, seek advice.
The fact that Charles and his sister were the only siblings meant they could mourn privately together, further cementing their unique relationship. Princess Anne is pictured attending a service at Crathy Kirk Church, near Balmoral, after the death of her mother on September 10
Neither the king nor his sister certainly wanted to be the only siblings present at their mother’s bedside, as she had died at Balmoral Castle, but it is understood that they were traveling in a car driven by Prince William. Andrew and Edward were not able to. To reach the palace on time.
The fact that Charles and his sister were the only siblings meant they could mourn privately together, further cementing their unique relationship.
It is not yet clear whether the king will grant Anne a new title other than Princess Royal – the highest honor bestowed by the monarch to a female member of the royal family.
Anne became the seventh Princess Royal in 1987. Princess Mary, daughter of Charles I, was first given the title in 1642.
But whatever the formal title of Anne, evidence suggests that her importance to King Charles would be closer to that of the Queen and Prince of Wales.
Charles and Anne were born just 21 months apart and grew up as the closest of siblings (pictured in 1970) – both were teenagers by the time their parents’ third child, Prince Andrew, started elementary school
A mark of the Princess Royal’s rise in the Royal hierarchy is that she will travel from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh to London tomorrow with her mother’s coffin.
The coffin will be taken to RAF Northolt and taken by road to Buckingham Palace.
She has a fair reputation as one of the most hardworking members of the royal family, having had 387 official engagements last year – two more than her older brother.
Both easily surpassed the workload of the next in-demand royal, Prince William, who logged 235.
As the patron of more than 300 charities and organizations, and more than 20,000 official engagements already under her belt, the 72-year-old princess will be a stronghold of supporting King Charles’ plan to topple the monarchy.
There is also the question of the reallocation of more than 600 of Queen Elizabeth’s patrons.
These are automatically transferred to King Charles as sovereign, and he must decide which to pass to the senior royals and who to miss.