The Royal Family

Why Princess Anne Took Precedence Over Duchess Kate On Their Engagement

The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Anne head out in high spirits for their very first joint engagement together this Wednesday.

Their natural rapport and their similar senses of humour were very much on display as they visited the new headquarters of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Evidence to this was the moment where Princess Anne managed to get Kate and the midwives laughing when admitting she feared one of her children had become “wedged” after she had tripped over in a horse lorry while heavily pregnant.

Anne, 71, is patron of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and has been for over 20 years, while Kate, 40, has become the patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) relatively recently, back in 2018.

During the unveiling of the plaque particularly attentive royal fans managed to notice that Anne’s name took precedence by appearing above Kate’s.

Of course, this reflects their respective positions within the family, where despite the Duchess’ position as future Queen, when Kate is without her husband the Princess Royal is higher on the totem pole as the current monarch’s daughter.

Respectful as always, the Duchess of Cambridge also kept in mind to walk a few paces behind Princess Royal when entering the facility.

Following many busy weeks for Kate Middleton, this one is fairly special for the Duchess as she will be celebrating her 11th wedding anniversary with Prince William this Friday.

The royal couple are expected to spend the special day privately at their home along with their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The Duke and Duchess exchanged their vows on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in a beautiful ceremony watched by millions across the globe.

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