Princess Anne continues royal duties amid coronavirus pandemic

By Heather Cichowski, with files from Danielle Stacey

Princess Anne continues royal duties amid coronavirus pandemic

Princess Anne stepped out on March 16 to the Addington Equestrian Centre in England. Her visit was part of her role as the Vice-Patron of the equine charity, The British Horse Society (BHS).

During the outing, the Queen's daughter spoke with equestrian and trainer Jennie Loriston-Clarke, watched coaching demonstrations and gave a speech about the importance of having qualified coaches in the equestrian industry.

Princess Anne toured the Addington Equestrian Centre on March 16. Photo: © Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images

The Princess Royal wrapped up in a navy peacoat accented with a red scarf and a golden horse brooch! Her hair was swept back in her signature elegant chignon.

It was an event that was likely right in line with the horse-loving royal's interests. Like her mother, Anne has a fondness for horses and had a successful career as an equestrian! The princess made history as the first British royal to compete in the Olympics. Anne rode the Queen's horse, Goodwill, in Eventing at the 1976 Games in Montreal.

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Several royals from around the world have cancelled and/or postponed events due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

According to HELLO! UK, the British Horse Society reported that additional measures were in place to protect the 300+ visitors to Addington Equestrian Centre.

"We're doing exactly what the Government has advised," a spokeswoman told the Press Association. "We have additional hand sanitizers and we're encouraging people to wash their hands."

Last week, Anne was one of several royals who stepped out to the 2020 Cheltenham Festival, the annual horse race which takes place at the Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire.

Princess Anne, Zara Tindall and Archie McCoy, son of former jockey AP McCoy, looked like they were having a ball at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. Photo: © Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images

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The 69-year-old watched the races on several days, which ran from March 10 to March 13. Other royals to make appearances included Zara and Mike Tindall, Duchess Camilla, and Peter and Autumn Phillips.

On March 13, Clarence House announced Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla's March tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jordan and Cyprus had been postponed due to COVID-19.

The Queen, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex have also cancelled events recently.

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