Princess Anne recovering well in hospital
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Princess Anne recovering well in hospital

Princess Anne, the only daughter of the late Queen Elizabeth II, is recovering well in the hospital after suffering a head injury in a horse-related incident on Sunday. Her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, reported on Tuesday that the 73-year-old royal is doing well following the accident that occurred at the Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire, western England, where the princess's private residence is located.

"She is recovering well, thank you," Laurence told a well-wisher during a visit to see the princess at the Bristol hospital where she is being treated. "We are both profoundly grateful to the exceptional medical team and tireless hospital support staff for their expert care and compassion - and to the emergency services who were all so wonderfully swift and professional at the scene. We are both deeply touched by all the kind messages of concern and support we have received from so many people near and far. It means a great deal to us during this time."

According to a royal source, the injuries sustained by Princess Anne were consistent with impact from a horse's head or legs, suggesting she was likely thrown from or struck by the animal. Buckingham Palace stated that the princess had been kept in the hospital as a precautionary measure, but was expected to make a full recovery in the coming days.

The eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Princess Anne is known as an accomplished equestrian who has competed in the Olympics. She is patron of numerous equestrian organizations and a renowned breeder of prize-winning carriage horses. The incident at her Gatcombe Park estate, where she keeps her personal horses, underscores the inherent risks that come with her lifelong passion for the sport.

The princess is expected to return to her Gloucestershire home this week, but her upcoming royal engagements have been postponed as she recuperates. This includes the cancellation of a planned trip to Canada at the end of this week. Her absence also means Princess Anne will miss the state banquet being held on Tuesday evening at Buckingham Palace in honor of the state visit of Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.

Royal observers note that this latest accident is just the latest in a long line of equestrian-related injuries that Princess Anne has endured over the decades, though most have been minor. Her resilience and commitment to the sport, even in her 70s, have long been sources of admiration for the British public. This latest incident has prompted an outpouring of well-wishes and support from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms.

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