The Princess Royal nonchalantly put her foot on the shoulder of one of her protection officers to put on her day shoes. PC Tim Scothern, who is retiring this month after three decades of service in the South Yorkshire force, recalled being used as a footstool by Princess Anne after picking her up from an event at Doncaster Racecourse.
Daily Mail newspaper editor Richard Eden reported PC Scothern remembered the bizarre episode with the Queen’s only daughter.
The police officer, who also spent 12 years on TV series Traffic Cops and Police Interceptors, said: “She put her foot on my shoulder, opened her boot, said, ‘Man, I hope do you mind if I borrow your shoulder,” then took off his boot and put his foot back on my shoulder.
“Her lady-in-waiting pulled out another pair of shoes, put them on and said, ‘Thank you, man, that was very sweet.'”
Royal fans were quick to react to the revelation on Twitter.
One, @Belhypotheque, wrote: “I love her. Too bad she didn’t join the army.
“She would have become a general of the highest rank like her father.”
Another, @OodgieBoodgie, said: “Princess Anne is an absolute patron.”
Similarly, a third Twitter user named @anniemae1000 said, “Anne is a BOSS!”
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@HarborCTG, on the other hand, seemed less impressed with the Princess Royal’s antics, as they tweeted: “Eeeeek oh no.”
Just like her mother, Princess Anne has devoted her entire life to service to the country and the Crown.
Unlike Prince Charles, the Princess Royal did not go to university and soon after turning 18 began to take on royal duties.
One of the first roles she embraced was that of president of Save the Children, a bond she still retains five decades later.
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The royal also made a name for herself as a horsewoman and, in 1976, became the very first member of the royal family to compete in the Olympics.
Her daughter Zara Tindall eventually followed in her footsteps and in 2012 won a silver medal at the London Olympics.
Over the past few years, Princess Anne has consistently been counted among the hardest working Royals considering the number of days she has worked and the number of engagements she has undertaken over a 12 year period. month.
While the Princess Royal normally carries out her duties away from the public eye, she is sometimes followed by the media.
More recently, his visit to Australia and Papua New Guinea has been closely followed by the press following criticism from other members of the royal family during their tours of the Caribbean.
Anne stunned royal aides and fans alike for hosting more than 20 engagements in four days and not taking a single evening to enjoy with her husband Sir Timothy Laurence, who was also in attendance.
A royal aide told the Daily Mail: “It’s quite amazing.
“She literally hasn’t stopped whipping herself since the moment she left the UK.
“And to think she’ll be 72 this summer. Remarkable.”
Anne’s tour was also described as frugal by reviewers, as throughout the trip she stayed in modest hotels and was accompanied by only one member of her office staff in addition to her husband. and security details.
After returning from Oceania, Anne returned to the spotlight as she carried out her first joint engagement with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.
Together they visited the London headquarters of the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – of which Anne and Kate are godmothers respectively.