Princess Anne Was Officially the Hardest Working Member of the Royal Family This Year
Princess Anne has been named the busiest royal of the year, edging out her brother Prince Charles, who held the title in 2016. According to the Times, in 2017, Queen Elizabeth's only daughter carried out 455 official appearances at events, dinners, and receptions within the United Kingdom, with an additional 85 engagements overseas.
Other royals at the top of the list include the Prince of Wales, who completed the most official engagements abroad this year, with 172. He also made 374 appearances throughout in the U.K. It's also worth mentioning that the Queen, who turned 91 in April, participated in 296 engagements this year.
Further down the list, Prince William carried out 117 duties at home and 54 abroad, while Prince Harry's totals clocked in at 139 and 70. And Prince Philip, who retired from public life in August, made 131 total engagements this year.
The Duchess of Cambridge carried out the least engagements in the U.K. of any working royal in 2017: 63. She also made 42 official appearances overseas. Kate has been tending to her young children, and in the later months of the year, she has been suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, the most severe form of morning sickness or nausea during pregnancy, which caused her to cancel a few planned events.
That said, some critics on Twitter (see the discussion on this thread) feel she could have done more, especially considering the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have household help, and Kate's wardrobe in 2017 reportedly cost $160,000, making this her most expensive fashion year yet.
But Tim O'Donovan, who compiles the list of official engagements by the royal family every year, stresses that the data should not be used to judge individual royal performance.
"All engagements differ as to time and content and there is also the time taken in preparation, whether it be a visit investiture or speech," he writes, also noting that "Except for Christmas Day and Easter Day, the Queen never has a day off from the official red boxes."
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