Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise was born on 15 August 1950 in Clarence House. She is the second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Among her godparents were: Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother); Margarita, the Hereditary Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg; Princess Alice of Battenberg; and Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma.
Her older brother is Prince Charles, and her younger brothers are Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Princess Anne was enrolled at Benenden School in 1963, and she left with six O-Levels and two A-Levels. Her first boyfriend was Andrew Parker-Bowles, who later married Camilla – currently the Duchess of Cornwall, and technically Princess of Wales. Anne was a skilled equestrian growing up, winning a gold medal (in 1971) and two silvers (in 1975) at the European Eventing Championships.
On 14 November 1973, Anne married Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey. Mark was a Lieutenant in the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards and a decorated equestrian himself, having won a gold medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. HM offered Mark an earldom upon marrying Anne, but he didn’t accept – thus their two children, Peter and Zara, are untitled. Anne and Mark divorced on 23 April 1992, after several years of marital issues.
On 12 December of the same year, Anne married Timothy Laurence, who was a commander in the Royal Navy. They were wed in the Church of Scotland, as the Church of England typically didn’t allow remarriages after divorce if the divorced person’s former spouse was still alive. Anne was the first royal divorcée to remarry since 1905, when Victoria, Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine, did so. Anne and Timothy did not have any children together.
In 2002, Anne and Timothy were walking their dog, Dotty, in Windsor Great Park when Dotty attacked two children. Anne was convicted of an offense under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and was fined £500 – she thus became the first senior member of the Royal Family to have a criminal record.
As the Princess Royal, Anne carries out a great number of official duties on her mother’s behalf – and on behalf of the United Kingdom in general. In 1990, she was the first member of the Royal Family to visit the Soviet Union, and at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, she represented Great Britain in the International Olympic Committee.
Anne was elected Chancellor of the University of London in 1981, and of the University of Edinburgh in 2011. She’s the president of the Royal Society of Arts as well as Save the Children, and a Patron of Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2007, she was appointed Grand Master of the Royal Victorian Order, as her grandmother had been. She and her husband Timothy currently live in an apartment at St James’s Palace as well as Gatcombe Park.
The building is a splendid & unique one, in the style of the French Châteaux, built & given by Mr Holloway. After he was presented to me, we drove round the whole College, which stands on a hill, above Egham, with a beautiful view. The architecture is said to be copied from the Château de Chambord. We then got out & were conducted to the Chapel by Mr Holloway (a very modest man). It was very full, & I saw many acquaintances. The style is rather too gaudy, though fine in proportion. Here, the Arch Bishop delivered up a prayer & an Ode was sung, composed by Sir G. Elvey, the words, by Mr Martin Holloway. From here we were taken to the Picture Gallery, where there are fine specimens of modern art, & many well-known pictures, such as “The 2 Princes in the Tower” by Millais, Landseer’s “Palace Bears”, Frith’s “Derby Day”, Long’s “Marriage Market”, &c. I was given a beautiful key, & a fine album of photographic views, by the architect Mr Crossfield. Walked through one of the long Corridors, & saw all the admirable arrangements. It is a Ladies College, & each student has a bedroom & sitting room, charmingly furnished, besides a large sitting for every 4 or 5 together. After waiting a moment, in a very pretty little room, we went out on to the Dais, erected in the upper Quadrangle, which was filled with people. Here 3 verses of God save the Queen were sung, an address was presented, not read, & I handed my answer to Mr Holloway, saying how much gratified I was to open this magnificent building, & expressing my best wishes for its success. Then Ld Kimberley (acting for the Home Secy) announced that the College was open, after which there was a flourish of trumpets, & much cheering.
Queen Victoria writing in her journal about her opening and visit to my university, Royal Holloway, on 30th June 1886
Founders Building x blossom, Royal Holloway, 23.04.15
Rather coincidentally, the new Avengers film was released the day that I took these photos - and while I haven’t seen it, my Facebook timeline exploded with statuses from friends who had spotted our campus in the film. We’re all procrastinating somehow, hah. And here I was feeling like a dork for photographing the campus (it’s a slightly cringey thing to do once you’re past freshers…). This is literally the only thing that I have ever had in common with Joss Whedon. Feels good.
So as it turns out, I’m going to be studying there for Law this September. Now, before, I was excited about going as it is a UoL and it was considered a good school.
Now, the number one complaint I’ve heard is about how the ‘night life is dull’, which I honestly don’t give a crap about. In my opinion, you can still have a good time as long as you’re with the right people.
But lately i’ve come across some forums about Royal Holloway saying how it’s unsafe, there’s plenty of theft crimes and cases of sexual abuse or violence against racial minorities…yeah, as an Asian, you can imagine that I freaked out a bit.
And of course, there’s the delightful rumor of practically being an outcast if you’re not a rich white Conservative local and any notion of being different in any way automatically makes you a pariah.
In regards to the education, I knew that Law was a new subject, but because it’s a new subject I have very few information on it. I liked the modules, but now I wonder if the professors are good? Are they willing to help if asked? Because so far these forums make them sound like uptight, strict people who who hate their jobs and will barely help you.
Any help and insight about the RHUL lifestyle is appreciated…maybe this forum is exaggerating and it just freaked me out, but I need some assurance…I guess I’m asking how accurate are these claims?
My favourite moment of my entire degree, without fail, is the moment I glanced towards the front of the exam hall at the end of my final exam to see a girl yank her underwire out and frisbee it to the corner of the room. Whoever you are, you will always be in my heart.