In 1968 Anne went on her first public trip to Australia, and the Australian people showered her with admiration and appreciation. This was the beginning of a new royal tradition.
Anne’s show-off promenade walk was the first ‘walkabout’ tradition done by a royal, which was usually only seen done by the queen. Whenever a royal family member visits a town or city, they walk along a parade of people, greeting them and embracing all the flowers and ornaments thrown at them.
She Was Almost Kidnapped
In 1974, Princess Anne was a victim of a kidnapping attempt. Anne and her then-husband, Mark Phillips, were returning to Buckingham Palace from a charity event. Their car was forced to stop by another car driven by a guy named Ian Ball.
As soon as Anne's car stopped, Ball began firing his pistol. The princess's protector tried to detain the shooter but was injured by him. Ball approached Anne and said he was about to hold her for ransom, and she calmly replied, 'Not bloody likely!'
She Had Her Own Path
Only two years stand between Anne and her brother, King Charles III, however, it seems that there are miles and miles between the two. Growing up, Anne had to break free from her brother's shadow and find her own royal path.
It is thought that Anne was the son Prince Philip (their father) never had. Anne is outspoken, good at sports, and has a great sense of humor, just like her father and unlike Charles, who is shy and introverted. Philip never hid the fact that Anne was his favorite child, never considering the emotional damage he gave Charles.
The Princess Knight
In 1994, The late Queen appointed Anne, the Princess Royal, to the Order of the Garter. The Order of the Garter is the most senior order of chivalry in the UK, and whoever is granted this usually brings an impressive record of public service, which Anne has.
The Princess requested to be recognized as Royal Knight of the Order and not a Lady as expected from her being a female. Anne was so deterrent to having the same status as her brothers that she managed to change ancient traditional customs.
Back in the USSR
In 1990, Princess Anne made history. Anne was the first member of the British royal family to make an official visit to the former Soviet Union. She was a guest of honor of the president at the time, Mikhail Gorbachev.
The previous royal to visit the Soviet Union was back in 1917. This was when the revolutionaries killed the last members of the Romanov dynasty, including Czar Nicholas II, who was the King of England's cousin.