Prince Charles and Princess Anne were the hardest working royals of 2019

By Zach Harper

Prince Charles and Princess Anne were the hardest working royals of 2019


For years, Princess Anne has been the hardest working member of the Royal Family, attending more events than any other person in "The Firm." But in 2019, her older brother just edged her out of the top spot, a new report says.

Prince Charles went to 521 engagements this year, according to Tim O'Donovan, who has spent four decades compiling stats on events the Royal Family attend. Tim uses the Court Circular, which details official royal engagements, to create his annual list.

The Princess Royal was just behind the Prince of Wales, with 506 total engagements in 2019. However, in terms of the number of days worked, Anne comes out on top, with 165 total days worked, according to PA Media. Charles finished just behind her on that list, with 125 total days worked.

Princess Anne hands the winners' trophy to Alun Wyn Jones, captain of the Welsh rugby team, in the final match of the Six Nations Championship in March. Photo: © Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images

On Tim's list, Prince Edward came in at third place, having attended 308 events, while the Queen finished with a whopping 295 engagements over the last 12 months. It's nothing short of incredible to see the 93-year-old monarch still that active.

Prince Andrew attended 274 engagements before going into retirement from royal duties after his interview on BBC's Newsnight back in November. Back then, Buckingham Palace released a statement that read, "It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family's work and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support."

Prince William attended 220 engagements, while Duchess Kate went to 126. Prince Harry put in time at 201 events, and Duchess Meghan attended 83. Her royal duties were shortened by her maternity leave this year and the six-week break she has been on with her husband.

Charles and Camilla shake hands with well-wishers during a tour of Cuba earlier this year. Photo: © Jane Barlow - Pool/Getty Images

It was a big year for Charles, who, in addition to his duties at home, went on four royal tours. He and Duchess Camilla travelled to the Caribbean in March, becoming the first British royals to visit Cuba on that jaunt. The Prince of Wales also attended the enthronement ceremony for Japanese Emperor Naruhito in Japan in October, and jetted off to India on a solo trip that coincided with his 71st birthday before being joined by the Duchess of Cornwall for a tour of New Zealand in November. He also travelled to the Solomon Islands alone on that same trip.

Charles looks to have yet another busy year in 2020. In January, he's set to travel to Israel for the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem.

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