Princess Anne Lives An Insanely Lavish Life

When we think of royalty, we think of opulence — based on our research, the assumption more or less seems to be accurate. For example, Queen Elizabeth is worth $600 million just on her own, according to Celebrity Net Worth, and has worn some incredibly lavish outfits. That doesn't account for The Firm's collective wealth, which pushes into the $25 billion arena (via Celebrity Net Worth). Needless to say, the royals have a lot of money and a lot of influence over the British Commonwealth, so it comes as no surprise that their personal lives come with all the bells and whistles you can imagine. How does this wealth and opulence, then, extend to members of the royal family who aren't directly in line to the throne? For Princess Anne, the queen's only daughter, her life definitely airs on the cushier side.

Anne might be 17th in line for the British throne, as noted by the royal website, but that doesn't mean she's not on the royal scene. Anne is arguably one of the most dedicated royals, as she is an incredibly hard worker who makes her charitable work the centerpiece of her public life — but she still benefits massively from the opulent nature of the royal way of doing things. These are the ways in which Princess Anne's life has been insanely lavish.

Princess Anne is known for her two lavish engagement rings

While Princess Diana Spencer's sapphire engagement ring might be one of the most well-known pieces of royal jewelry, Princess Anne's own collection of dedicated rings goes to show just how lavish her life has been. Anne not only has one gorgeous engagement ring, but two! And both feature center stones that are to die for. As noted by Hello!, Anne's first engagement ring — given to her by her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips — consists of a stunning center gemstone in a blue-ish hue and flagged with a diamond on either side. The ring alone is worth over $13,500, according to Max Stone, an engagement ring specialist who spoke to Hello! about the jewels.

If one engagement ring wasn't enough, Anne's second ring — given to her by her second and current husband, Sir Timothy Laurence — is also stunning and oddly similar to her first. The ring is composed of a sapphire and a "trio of sparkling gems," pointing to the lavishness of her life (and her access to gorgeous jewelry). Stone estimated that Anne's second engagement ring is worth almost $34,000, so, if that doesn't scream lavish, we don't know what does.

The Princess Royal has been criticized for flying in private jets

If you're a bit of a royal fanatic, then you know that two direct heirs to the British throne — think Prince Charles and Prince William — technically aren't allowed to travel together. While the rule is in place for rather macabre purposes, it does bring attention to the ways in which royals travel. Princess Anne, for example, has been known to travel privately, which has landed her in hot water. As noted by Express, Anne has flown on private jets throughout Europe, and, on one particular occasion, her decision to charter a private plane made her the target of some less-than-pleased constituents.

In October 2020, Anne used over $22,000 of taxpayer money to fly in a private jet from England to Italy to catch a rugby game between Italy and Scotland's teams. Given that you can snag a plane ticket from one country to the other for about $135, the lavish decision cost Anne some popularity points — and even made her a topic of conversation on the "Pod Save the Queen" podcast with Daily Mirror Royal Editor Russell Myers. Word to the wise: fly commercial.

She attended an exclusive boarding school

Education is one of the biggest indicators of wealth and status, and, for Princess Anne, her days in academia screamed lavish. As noted by the International Business Times, Anne was the first child within the royal family to not be educated exclusively at Buckingham Palace, and, in 1963, she was sent to the Benenden School, an all-girls boarding school. And, while some of us may have the impression that boarding school is basically like a fancy prison sentence with uniforms and a plethora of rules, Anne has remained clear that her days in boarding school were some of the most formative in her life.

Anne conducted a rather rare sit-down interview with Vanity Fair to mark her 70th birthday. During the conversation, she shared her perspective on boarding school and the benefits Benenden brought to her life — she's even the president of the school's society. "I was ready to go to school," she said. "I think boarding school has been demonized by some when in fact it's a very important aspect to have available and many children actually thrive in it."

The royal lives a private life at her lavish estate

If you think that Buckingham Palace is the only royal residence, think again. The British royal family has a number of estates to call home. Princess Anne, in particular, resides in two locations: St. James Palace in London and her lavish countryside home on the Gatcombe Park Estate. As noted by Architectural Digest, Queen Elizabeth purchased the home in Gloucestershire for Anne in 1976, and, in the decades since, the estate has served as Anne's primary residence. Of course, her St. James Palace residence is incredibly helpful when the royal is in London, making her commute after appearances and charitable events a bit easier.

The COVID-19 pandemic allowed fans of the royal to get a bit of an inside look into her estate, and, as described by Architectural Digest, Anne's home is an interesting mix of opulence and homey textures. Her living room, for example, has the usual fixtures like many homes — a television, a bed for her dog, framed photographs, and books. Of course, Anne's home isn't like everyone else's in that it not only serves as her residence, but it's also the site of the Festival of British Eventing, an annual equestrian event.

The princess shops at stylish local boutiques

It's fair to say that royals and fashion go hand in hand. Many royal family members are known for their opulent wedding looks, their statement handbags, and their dazzling formal ensembles. Princess Anne is not only known for her couture — she is also a dedicated shopper who has made a habit of supporting local businesses while searching for her favorite designer pieces. As noted by Hello!, Anne has made it a point "to shop small where possible" and has been known to frequent the boutique stores in the village of Horsley, located close to her home on the Gatcombe Park Estate.

Hello! got to chat with Sophie Martin, the manager of the boutique Shibumi, who shared what Anne is like as a customer. "She chose to shop with us which is really lovely," Martin said. "We're local to her, about 15 minutes or so away. She bought most of [her] outfits at the end of 2019, with a view to wear them in 2020 ... and she's chosen to wear them now." We love a lady who knows how to shop — and the fact she supports local businesses is even better.

She's known to wear lavish jewelry, like tiaras

There's jewelry, and then there's jewelry – for Princess Anne, her life has been adorned with some of the most lavish tiaras in British royal history, and they point to just how different her life has been from us non-royals (unless you're royalty, which would be a bit surprising). As noted by The Court Jeweller, Anne has been known to wear a number of different tiaras, but two that are especially lavish are the Cartier Halo Tiara and Princess Andrew's Meander Bandeau.

Let's start with the tiara from Cartier. The famed jeweler designed the tiara for the Queen Mother, and Anne wore it for the first time when Queen Elizabeth gave it to her on loan. It was a favorite of the princess as a teenager. Princess Andrew's Meander Bandeau, another favorite of Anne's, was originally owned by Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark. It was gifted to Elizabeth for her wedding and passed down to Anne in the 1960s. You can still see Anne wearing this tiara now — the look certainly stands the test of time (per The Court Jeweller).

Princess Anne requires her food to be served in a specific fashion

A number of us know what it's like to have food allergies or intolerances, and, honestly, it makes life difficult at times when you have to be gluten-free or can't stomach dairy like you once could. For Princess Anne, she, too, has food specifications, but they point to her lavish lifestyle rather than an allergy or intolerance. As noted by Showbiz CheatSheet, Anne reportedly requires her staff members to serve her a specific kind of breakfast. Along with her bowl of fruit each morning, Anne requires a banana that is so ripe it's almost black, and, no, we're not kidding.

While many of us reserve blackened bananas for banana bread and other baking habits, Anne requires her staff to designate the overripe fruit for her morning meal. Why? We'll let former royal chef Darren McGrady answer that. "She almost always preferred the bananas almost black – overripe – because they digested easier," McGrady told the "Today" show. So, there you have it — if you want to eat like a royal, opt for fruit that is almost inedible. We don't make the rules.

Her lifestyle has enabled her to become a style icon

As aforementioned, Princess Anne has a thing for shopping (and shopping locally, at that), but it's thanks to her lavish lifestyle that she transformed into a style icon. Anne has been known for her head-turning ensembles, and, as she emerged on the scene in the 1970s, she really knew how to dress and grab the attention of the public through her outfits. As noted by Vogue, Anne embraced 1970s fashion with unapologetic fervor, with her hemlines and silhouettes transforming the young princess from an up-and-coming royal to a bonafide star.

Looks such as her 1968 double-breasted yellow dress-and-coat ensemble, or her turquoise dress that turned heads in 1969 (per Vogue), solidified her as a royal with a knack for high fashion. As she grew up in the public eye and found a style that worked for her, Anne became known for her equestrian-inspired looks and, of course, her sporty sunglasses seen on her person on a regular basis. While her bold looks of the 1970s and 1980s may have calmed down with time, it's safe to say that Anne's access to designers and couture certainly helped her transform into a style icon for the ages.

She wore two different dresses for her engagement portrait

Weddings can often feel like events of a lifetime, but royal weddings are in a league of their own. From the historic venues to the pomp and circumstance to the gorgeous gowns, royal weddings certainly mark significant moments of a royal's personal and public life, and Princess Anne's first wedding to Captain Mark Phillips — even though the marriage didn't last — still stands the test of time.

Months before the wedding, Anne wore not one but two dresses for her engagement shoot alone. As noted by Hello!, Anne wore a gown from designer Zandra Rhodes for her official engagement photo. However, the dress was so see-through that she had to wear a second dress underneath so her engagement shoot didn't encroach into the scandalous. 

Of course, Anne's dress on the day of her wedding still stands out as one of the most gorgeous royal wedding dresses ever — and it looks just as current and stunning today as it did in 1973. Designed by Maureen Baker, Anne's wedding dress featured a high neckline and gorgeous sleeve detailing. Of course, she wore a diamond tiara as well.

The royal's 1973 wedding was as lavish as it gets

Now let's discuss the lavish event that was Princess Anne's wedding. As Queen Elizabeth's only daughter and the first of her children to get married, Anne's wedding was an amazing affair that was quite opulent. As Vogue noted, 2,000 people packed into Westminster Abbey to watch Anne and Captain Mark Phillips tie the knot, and thousands of spectators filled the streets to get a glimpse of the bride. It's estimated that 500 million people watched on television as Anne became the first young royal of her generation to get married, and if that doesn't show just how lavish her life has been, we really don't know what to tell you.

Vogue also noted some of the important details of the day, such as Anne's choice of tiara — the Queen Mary's Fringe — and the intricate floral embroidery present on her veil. Her wedding ring was made from the royal family's historic Welsh gold, which is often used to make the royal wedding bands. All in all, it was an event that certainly stood out to the public and, undoubtedly, to Anne herself. While the marriage didn't last, the impact of the day certainly did.

Princess Anne competed in equestrian events at a young age

Does anything say lavish more than equestrianism? We don't really think so, and it should not come as a surprise that one of Princess Anne's most beloved hobbies is horseback riding — and not just casual pony trots around her property, either, but bad-to-the-bone equestrianism that took her all the way to the Olympics. As noted by Biography, Anne's first pony, William (which she shared with her brother, Prince Charles), was gifted to her at an early age. At just 11 years old, she was competing in equestrian events, gaining public attention for her riding capabilities. In 1971, Anne went as far as winning the European Eventing Championships and became the first member of the royal family to bring home a European gold medal. If that wasn't enough, Anne was named the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year (per Biography).

Anne's proven abilities as an equestrian took her all the way to the Olympics, but, due to a couple of competition setbacks, her hopes of taking home a medal were dashed. But fear not — the princess' skills were later rewarded with both individual and team silver medals at the 1975 Championships (and she even rose to that competition level while fighting a cold), according to Biography.

Despite her lavish life, the princess doesn't indulge in lunch

Life as a royal seems quite unique, and when we think about what we would do if ever given the chance to step into Princess Anne's shoes for a day, one of our first thoughts is taking advantage of the royal chefs. If adulthood has taught us anything, it's that cooking every single meal gets tedious, so why wouldn't we jump at the opportunity to have anything we wanted cooked at our demand? But, despite the presence of royal chefs, Anne doesn't indulge in one seemingly lavish practice: lunch. As she told Vanity Fair, Anne often skips the meal or has a "quick luncheon" if it's an aspect of an event. "I think during the day, eating's not really an issue," she said. If only we had the same perspective.

We're not entirely sure how Anne has the stamina to accomplish everything she does, but, clearly, she makes it work because she was named the hardest-working royal in 2021. As noted by the Daily Mail, Anne narrowly beat her brother and heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, with the number of official engagements she held. In 2021 alone, Anne attended 387 engagements, whereas Charles attended 385.

The Princess Royal's home office is reportedly ornate and indulgent

Few of us would have predicted that working from home would become the norm, but here we are years into the COVID-19 pandemic, and working from home definitely seems to be the foreseeable future. And it wasn't just those of us who work in the common sphere who were impacted — Princess Anne has largely worked from home, too, and due to video calls and Zoom appearances, we got to see a glimpse of her home office. While we mentioned earlier that her home at the Gatcombe Park Estate is rather opulent, her office serves as yet another reminder that the life of a royal has its perks.

As noted by the Daily Mail, Anne's office has a variety of decorative items that scream lavish. Her glass cabinet housing animal and bird statues, for instance, was caught on screen as well as a number of impressive paintings. Like many of ours, Anne's office also features framed photos of her family members — pictures from her daughter's wedding, for instance — as well as a formal portrait of her family. Perhaps the most ornate piece that caught the attention of the public is the gold accented wall mirror that looks straight out of Buckingham Palace.