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‘Secrecy as Always’: Princess Anne’s Husband Seen Visiting Her in Hospital with Big Bag, Causing Concerns

Sir Timothy Laurence seen arriving at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, England on June 25, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Continuing, he wrote, “He was visiting at lunchtime today carrying a cool bag for his wife. The King’s sister has been in hospital since her concussion – thought to be from a horse kick or head – on Sunday evening.”

“Anne’s rock, Tim’s bringing her lunch,” praised a fan who believes the situation involved nothing more than Timothy enjoying a meal with his wife. Another supporter chimed in with“oh no! Praying she gets well soon!”

Echoing an earlier sentiment expressed by an observer on X, someone else pondered“I thought it was against protocol for royals to visit each other at the hospital?”

Sir Timothy Laurence seen arriving at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, England on June 25, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Timothy’s visit to see Princess Anne as she recovers has confused many because typically, royal family members do not do that unless the situation calls for an exception. In 2019, royal commentator Victoria Arbiter posted a lengthy message on X explaining the protocol for royal hospital visits.

Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence during day 2 of the 2024 Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor, England on May 2, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence during day 2 of the 2024 Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor, England on May 2, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Prompted by the vicious comments made by some back then about the late Queen Elizabeth II not visiting her late husband Prince Philip when he was hospitalized, Victoria wanted to add perspective. “Were the Queen to visit him the security requirements alone would be incredibly disruptive,” she started.

The late Queen Elizabeth II at King's Lynn railway station in King's Lynn, England on December 20, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

The late Queen Elizabeth II at King’s Lynn railway station in King’s Lynn, England on December 20, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

Victoria wrote, “Conscious of other patients undergoing treatment they don’t want to cause undue stress for them or their families. Not only are they very private when it comes to medical issues they also want to avoid further speculation.”

The late Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II at a Easter Sunday church service in Windsor, England on April 4, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

The late Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II at a Easter Sunday church service in Windsor, England on April 4, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

She also highlighted the Duke of Edinburgh’s preference for not being fussed over and his past desire for his wife to carry on as normal. She added, “Yes, they have visited on other occasions but it’s not the norm and it’s all about the regular members of the public that would be affected.”

The late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip seen arriving at St George's Chapel in Windsor, England on May 18, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

The late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip seen arriving at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, England on May 18, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

“That to me suggests an awareness and lack of selfishness […] Every royal decision is made because it’s ‘sensible.’ Nothing more nothing less […] They’re not horrible people but rather a family whose every move is analyzed and criticized,” Victoria previously shared.

Backing up Victoria’s statements, the Daily Mail published an article in January of this year (2024) analyzing King Charles III’s visit to see Princess Catherine while she was still in the hospital because of her abdominal surgery.

King Charles III seen on his way to visit Princess Catherine and her newborn son at St Mary's Hospital in London, England on July 23, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III seen on his way to visit Princess Catherine and her newborn son at St Mary’s Hospital in London, England on July 23, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

Their article clarified that royals usually do not visit each other in the hospital, barring very rare occasions. They also reiterated the preference for senior members of the royal family to not draw attention to themselves or their loved ones, describing life in the monarchy as lonely sometimes.

Given the context the aforementioned information provides, Timothy visiting Princess Anne in the hospital was outside of the norm and thus led to public concern.

On the matter of the avid equestrian’s hospitalization, a news outlet reports that she has suffered memory loss after sustaining head injuries believed to have been caused by one of her horses.

A picture of Princess Anne and a horse, posted on November 5, 2021 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily/

A picture of Princess Anne and a horse, posted on November 5, 2021 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily/

The accident happened while she was out walking at Gatcombe Park, her Gloucestershire estate, on Sunday evening, June 23. Although the exact cause of her concussion has yet to be confirmed, her medical team did reveal that her head wounds matched the potential impact from a horse’s legs or head.

Princess Anne seen horse riding on the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor, England on April 22, 2006 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Anne seen horse riding on the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor, England on April 22, 2006 | Source: Getty Images

The princess was conscious on Monday (June 24), but she was still due to spend the night in the hospital. Additionally, the news outlet reports that her memory loss relates only to the incident and thus, it is thought to be temporary.

Princess Anne during day three of Royal Ascot in Ascot, England on June 20, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Anne during day three of Royal Ascot in Ascot, England on June 20, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

When the incident occurred, an air ambulance was called. However, Princess Anne was treated on the scene and transported to Southmead Hospital, the largest medical facility in the southwest with a specialist neuroscience unit.

A picture of Southmead Hospital in Bristol, England taken in 2014. | Source: Getty Images

A picture of Southmead Hospital in Bristol, England taken in 2014. | Source: Getty Images

Buckingham Palace also confirmed that Princess Anne was admitted to the hospital with the only adult major trauma center in the Severn Major Trauma Network for observation, tests, and treatment. Princess Anne is expected to be released from Southmead Hospital later this week.

Princess Anne during the funeral for the late Namibian President Hage Geingob in Windhoek, Namibia on February 25, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Anne during the funeral for the late Namibian President Hage Geingob in Windhoek, Namibia on February 25, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

When news of her hospitalization first circulated public spheres, Buckingham Palace released a statement explaining what happened and hoped that Princess Anne would swiftly recover.

Princess Anne at the Easter Mattins Service at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Anne at the Easter Mattins Service at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England on March 31, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Other details given include the fact that her brother and other royal family members sent their love and well wishes to her. Another fact is that she was with Timothy and her kids, Zara and Peter Philip, when the accident occurred.

Princess Anne, Sir Timothy Laurence, Zara and Peter Philip on the National day of mourning for the late Queen Elizabeth II in Aberdeen, Scotland on September 10, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Anne, Sir Timothy Laurence, Zara and Peter Philip on the National day of mourning for the late Queen Elizabeth II in Aberdeen, Scotland on September 10, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

After she had the accident, her husband accompanied her to the hospital. Consequently, her planned visit to Canada has been postponed to allow her to focus on healing. Princess Anne, often hailed as one of the most hardworking royals, has an impressive record of public service and numerous engagements.

Princess Anne taking part in various engagements, posted on November 5, 2021 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily/

Princess Anne taking part in various engagements, posted on November 5, 2021 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily/

Her unwavering commitment and no-nonsense approach have cemented her status as a beloved royal figure. Notably, her passion for horses led her to make history as the first Royal Family member to compete in the Olympics, participating in the 1976 Montreal Games.

Princess Anne’s charitable endeavors largely revolve around her love for horses. She supports several organizations including the Horse Trust, Riders for Health, and World Horse Welfare.

A photo showcasing Princess Anne's passion for horses, posted on November 5, 2021 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily/

A photo showcasing Princess Anne’s passion for horses, posted on November 5, 2021 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily/

Among the charities she has long championed is the Riding for the Disabled Association, which offers riding and carriage driving opportunities to differently-abled individuals across the UK.

Despite her age, Princess Anne continues to ride horses, a practice that keeps her physically and mentally agile. She has also been known for her timeless style, as she has a practical approach to fashion, often recycling her outfits from the ’80s.

Princess Anne engaging with children, posted on November 5, 2021 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily/

Princess Anne engaging with children, posted on November 5, 2021 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily/

Princess Anne’s affinity for horses has long been known. She once conveyed her love for horses in a past interview. The princess stated that she believed if she were to pursue anything beyond the royal family, she would go with her passion for horses.

However, she believes in finding the right horse at the right time. The original horse she rode was bred as a polo pony, which was unconventional for events.

Princess Anne supporting charity organizations, posted on November 5, 2021 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily/

Princess Anne supporting charity organizations, posted on November 5, 2021 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily/

Initially skeptical about whether the horse would be suitable, she was pleasantly surprised when it did work out. However, she always knew it was a temporary solution, showcasing her deep understanding and connection with her equine companions.

Princess Anne riding her horse Goodwill during the Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershire, England on April 15, 1978 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Anne riding her horse Goodwill during the Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershire, England on April 15, 1978 | Source: Getty Images

In 1971, Princess Anne made history by becoming the first royal to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Her daughter, Zara, continued this legacy by also receiving the honor in 2006.

Princess Anne's daughter, Zara, posing with her award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in Birmingham, England on December 10, 2006 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara, posing with her award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in Birmingham, England on December 10, 2006 | Source: Getty Images

Despite retiring from professional equestrianism, Princess Anne continues to enjoy riding for leisure at her Gloucestershire residence. Additionally, she breeds horses and has actively participated in teaching her grandchildren how to ride in her personal paddocks.

The royal family celebrated Princess Anne’s 50 years of involvement with the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) in November 2021 on social media.

A photo of Princess Anne, an unidentified child and an unidentified woman , posted on November 5, 2021 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

A photo of Princess Anne, an unidentified child and an unidentified woman , posted on November 5, 2021 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

A section of the Instagram tribute read, “HRH, who became Patron in 1971 and President in 1985, is a keen supporter of the charity that provides riding and carriage driving opportunities for over 25,000 children and adults.”

In honor of her 50 years of patronage, the Princess Royal Coaching Academy was established to improve educational opportunities for RDA coaches.

Princess Anne with an unidentified child, posted on November 5, 2021 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

Princess Anne with an unidentified child, posted on November 5, 2021 | Source: Instagram/theroyalfamily

Born as the second child of the late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Princess Anne initially held the position of third in line to the throne. Today, she occupies the 17th place in the line of succession. She has been married twice, first to Captain Mark Phillips, with whom she shares two children, Peter and Zara.

Princess Anne and the late Queen Elizabeth II posing for a portrait circa 1954. | Source: Getty Images

Princess Anne and the late Queen Elizabeth II posing for a portrait circa 1954. | Source: Getty Images

She is currently married to Timothy and has four grandchildren: Savannah and Isla (Peter and Autumn’s daughters) and Mia and Lena (Zara and Mike Tindall’s daughters). All share a love of horses with their grandmother.

The Princess’s enduring connection with horses is a testament to her dedication and passion. Despite her recent accident, she remains an inspiring figure, deeply respected for her commitment to charitable work and an unwavering sense of duty.

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