Princess Anne eyed up unusual career choice in case royal family were abolished

Princess Anne might be the hardest-working member of The Royal Family but she has a secret career lined up should she ever need to get a job.

Despite rarely giving interviews, the only daughter of the late Queen often carries out more public engagements than any of her relatives but also works behind the scenes.

The Princess Royal, 72, shunned London life and instead lives a much quieter life at Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire, surrounded by her two children, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips.

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During an interview with Terry Wogan in 1985, the princess was faced with the question, what would she do if the monarchy was abolished?

While many would have been left speechless, she had the perfect response: "I'd have to work even harder on the farm.

I think it's rather difficult to tell now what career I'd have liked to have pursued."

But Terry left the Princess amused when he revealed she had actually passed her test and had a heavy goods vehicle driving license.

"Out of necessity, I qualified as a heavy goods vehicle driver," before adding: "I was actually asked if there was anything I could do, if as you mentioned The Royal Family was abolished and just like that.

"On the basis of if one didn't have a farm to work on or there was no other alternative, both my husband and I have heavy goods vehicle licenses.

"His is a HGV one and mine is a HGV three so it seemed like a very logical way of earning ones living.

"There is in fact quite a demand for good horse box drivers, we know one end of a horse from another, we thought we could probably crack that one between us."

While Anne may be a sophisticated royal, many would be shocked to discover that Anne's regal home is in fact a fully working farm.

The Grade II-listed property is home to 230 Wiltshire horn ewes, 14 white park cows, 6 Highland cows and 2 Gloucester old spot cows.

She also shares her sprawling estate with several pigs and unsurprisingly, multiple horses and has her own full livery yard.

Speaking about her estate, Princess Anne told Countryfile: "It's really nice to come back and just be yourself in an area like this.

"Being able to take on a place like this – for me, I've got to make it work, this is not something that comes free, this has got to pay its way, otherwise I can't stay here."


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