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« Reply #345 on: August 22, 2008, 03:46:13 PM »
Speaking of Princess Anne's closet space, does anyone know much about her home, Gatcombe Park?  How big is it?  Does she live "royally?"  Pictures?

Gatcombe Park is a 730 acre estate about 10 miles north of her brother's pad at Highgrove.  The house was built in the 1770s, and has 4 reception rooms, a library, billiard room and conservatory, 5 main bedrooms and 4 secondary bedrooms, and staff accomodation.   Nearby the house are extensive stables.

The estate was purchased by the Queen for Anne and Mark Phillips and rennovated for the couple before they moved in in November, 1977.  The adjoining Aston Farm was purcahsed in 1978, but after the couple divorced, the estates separated with Anne's first husband occupying Aston Farm.  Both of the princess' children have cottages on the property.



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« Reply #346 on: August 22, 2008, 05:15:44 PM »
I have heard the the Zara and Peter have cottages on the estate. I wonder how large the cottages are? My interpretation of a cottage would be that of a very small dwelling with one or two rooms, a living area and kitchen. But, I'm swayed into believing the use of the word cottage in comparison to the main 'house' is much larger than my interpretation. Does anyone have information on the size of these cottages?

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« Reply #347 on: August 23, 2008, 01:03:35 AM »
Peter Philips lives (lived as he's now based in Hong Kong for the next 3 years) in a 'cottage' on Aston Farm, the estate his father runs not far from Gatcombe. The Hello magazine interview and photos done before Peter and Autumn's wedding show the 'cottage'. It's more like a large 2 storey house, very rustic in stone. Zara actually lives at Gatcombe as that's where her horses are stabled. According to the book on Zara by Brian Hoey Zara and her boyfriend Mike Tindall live in a converted barn behind the main house at Gatcombe, so not exactly a cottage there either.

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« Reply #348 on: October 23, 2008, 04:15:04 PM »
I just finished reading the Wikipedia entry for Zara Phillips.  You will never guess who one of her godfathers is............drum roll please.......ANDREW PARKER BOWLES!!!!

Also as a side note; The pictures of The Princess Royal on her Wikipedia entry are the worst pictures I have ever seen of Anne!

Does anyone have any recent pictures of Anne wearing her signature "Vintage" couture?  ;) ;) ;)

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« Reply #349 on: March 09, 2009, 01:34:25 AM »
Come on lets give the old girl...ermh.. princess rather, a hike back up the table shall we....I doubt she'll stay on the first page for long, but heck why not!

I ask because Anne seems to do a real job by the standards of what the most acceptable RF job description has become over the last century. I know many of us love to gasp with frissons at her apparel and her other faults, but she is still regarded nonetheless as the exemplar of an industrious, modern British royal and yet many seem to love to mock and ridicule her for her lack of style etc or ignore her when she isn't dressing up or down as opinion takes you. Where does such contempt end and real regard begin then? I wonder....?   Is it merely down to the fact that she recycles clothes and does not suffer fools gladly? Is it because she doesn't coo over babies, hug OAPs and visit hospitals in the night having made sure somehow that someone has tipped off the press before hand, to make sure a press piccie is taken for posterity?

Ironically, Anne is a British Princess born and bred with both parents born in the purple. She and Alexandra are the last of their kind in fact! I do not count Bea and Eugenie as they have yet to 'really' grow up and start behaving let alone dressing like Princesses!(Oooh how very dare she say that!!!! I  can imagine some readers may gasp! Especially when 'she' is comparing them to their aunt....but.....) They have to demonstrate that they are in any way prospective 'workers' in the firm as such IMHO! I'll wait and see on the York girls! I shan't even go there with regard to parentage as otherwise I may go all Harry Potterish and half blood prince like!!!!!!

Nonetheless, I do wonder why we generally seem to be so harsh on Anne, or more pertinently as is demonstrated by the lack of movement in this thread since October last year! (Most of the movement on this thread at that time was to do with the poxy marriage of Peter and Summer or Autumn or whatever her name is!!!!) I do wonder why her thread is not updated like Charles' is, and why none seem interested in her as a person rather than the parody she is perceived as? Is it because Tim isn't quite like Camilla. Is there perhaps a general whiff of tabloid-ism here now?

I wonder why Anne is given such short shrift by us all here? Many of us profess an interest in Royalty, some negative some positive, but few take any real interest in Anne one way or the other, unless she is wearing a dress that is twenty years old (I hold up my hand as I was guilty of voicing an opinion on that one at the time when she wore that fried egg 'get up' to a second family wedding!!!) or says something brusque, or exceeds the speed limit or says something else a little brusquely!!! OK, so she does do lots of unglamorous and 'earthy' work! No tiaras, no pretty gowns, no Bruce Oldfield etc to chatter about... does that mean she merits a yawn!

This work ethic counters criticisms from the anti monarchy factions here, but what of the others amongst our number, the ones who love the ethos of monarchy and the merits? Are there so many amongst us seeking the glamorous, the trivial and the comfortable rather than the real nitty gritty here in the present. If so I find it amazing to consider that there are so many here who seem to relentless want to dig and hunt for the nitty gritty in the lives of those HRHs long dead and dust? It is a fascinating and rather provocative contrast in double standards IMHO!

I will be very interested in any responses but am not holding my breath!


 

 
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« Reply #350 on: March 09, 2009, 02:16:35 AM »
Actually almost comments seem to have been about Anne's clothes in the last few pages rather than about Peter and Spring...I mean Summer's wedding!

Anyway...I still wonder about why she is so pilloried?


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« Reply #351 on: March 09, 2009, 02:48:02 AM »
I really think there are very few around here who truly dislike Anne.  Most people who begrudge her do so because of her frequently brusque attitude and grumpy public persona and her steadfast refusal to update her personal appearance in the manner they are accustomed to seeing in royal ladies.  I think most (including me) do appreciate that the Princess Royal is a very hard worker who, unlike some members of the royal family these days, just simply gets on with the job.

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« Reply #352 on: March 09, 2009, 02:52:10 AM »
What I really find interesting is that no one seems to care to comment on the positives that she exemplifies!


It is just an observation and I have been guilty of it... but I do find it rather interesting why Sarah, Duchess of York merits more interest just because of some rubbish in the mail, and why Anne doesn't appear to do so...hence my hike up of her thread in protest!!!

Oh my goodness I mentioned 'the mail'!!!! Note no capital M there....I can not impress on anyone how much I loathe that paticular paper...it isn't really even worthy of the name tabloid it is so lowe IMH (and deep down not so) HO! But then perhaps that is where we are now! When was the last time anyone of us contributed to Princess Alexandra's thread? Why does it take a protest hike to put the hardest working and 'deep' down respected members of the present RF back into the higher echelons of the forum! Is it because many see her as pariah, there to be pilloried because of her clothes as appears to be the case or is it because few really care to visit sites such as this one and be reminded of what modern royalty really does in certain spheres!!! Unless that is, they happen to be cuddling a baby with aids in darkest Africa or walking though a mine filled area garbed appropriately!!!!

I wander that no one has yet asked when Anne had her first kiss! Does anyone care?




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« Reply #353 on: March 09, 2009, 05:46:53 AM »
Well, Sarah Ferguson rarely crosses my radar simply because I have no real interest in her, however she has recently but only because of the movie she co-produced about Queen Victoria (who I am interested in)! 

As for Princess Anne, she's always been one of my most favorite of the British royals.  She's kind of like that cranky, old fashioned aunt whom one might make crack a good natured joke about but when it comes down to it, is still highly respected.
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« Reply #354 on: March 09, 2009, 08:09:49 AM »
I quite agree with that description of the Princess Royal  ;D.  I have always viewed her as the hardest working, most dedicated member of the Royal Familiy.  She keeps her nose down, undertakes an enormous programme of official duties, and rarely puts a foot wrong. 

That said, I think a sizable portion of those fascinated with royalty have that fascination for the majesty and glamour of the institution, rather than its more steadfast purposes and duties.  Those individuals probably aren't sure what to think about Her Majesties' daughter - she has neither a glamorous life, nor a majestic style, nor most of the more shallow attributes which attract the media. 

She also has a rather rough, abrupt air about her.  She doesn't portray the brash self-indulgence or sense of entitlement of Princess Margaret or Princess Michael of Kent, but one rather gets the idea that she is intolerance of fools, and abhors wasteful displays.  No-nonsense is the way I usually think of her.

However, I believe history will take a much more kindly view of the Princess and her legacy than her present day image.

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« Reply #355 on: March 09, 2009, 08:35:10 AM »
It begs the question of what the job is actually suposed to be about.  If it is just to turn up, Anne is pretty dedicated.  If it's to turn up and add a little royal glamour, a little royal sweetness and light, Anne has a fairly mixed record.

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« Reply #356 on: March 09, 2009, 11:32:27 AM »
Princess Anne has certainly governed her life better than have most Brit royals of her generation: no eating disorders, no tell-all interviews, no toe sucking photos, no embarrassing cell phone calls. This is not to bash her two former sisters-in-law, but Anne always had a better grip on things.

The collapse of her first marriage couldn't have been an easy time for her. She carried on. She & her ex did right by their children. She married her second husband w/o a lot of fanfare... I really liked the term "sober happiness" that she used in conjunction w/ her second wedding.

She does her job and doesn't go out of the way to kiss up to anybody. Princess Anne drew a line and told the world: "This close and NO closer". 'have to admire that about her. ... she's always been one of my favourite Royals.

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« Reply #357 on: March 09, 2009, 12:17:29 PM »

As for Princess Anne, she's always been one of my most favorite of the British royals. 


Mine too!




She's kind of like that cranky, old fashioned aunt whom one might make crack a good natured joke about but when it comes down to it, is still highly respected.


Well said and I could not agree more!! 

Of all the Royals, QEII and Princess Anne are the only ones I would make time for on short notice!

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« Reply #358 on: March 09, 2009, 01:10:00 PM »
I would love to know if Princess Anne has any servants?
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« Reply #359 on: March 09, 2009, 02:33:50 PM »
I would love to know if Princess Anne has any servants?

I think she'd have staff - dailies not live-in - housekeeper, cook and gardening/maintenance staff as required.