Life of Princess Anne the royal ‘mould-breaker’ who ‘refused to follow the script’ will be told in a documentary to mark her 70th birthday after cameras were given ‘unprecedented’ access
- Princess Anne, the Queen’s daughter, celebrates her 70th birthday next month
- Documentary about her life as a royal mould-breaker will mark the occasion
- Cameras were granted ‘unprecedented’ access to the royal for more than a year
A documentary exploring the life of Princess Anne as a ‘mould-breaking’ member of the royal family will be released to mark her 70th birthday next month.
The Princess Royal, who celebrates the milestone on August 15, is known for ‘refusing to follow the script’; becoming the first daughter of a monarch to attend school, the first royal Olympian and insisting her children were not given royal titles.
To celebrate her remarkable life, filmmakers were granted ‘unprecedented’ behind-the-scenes access to the princess and those closest to her for more than a year.
A documentary exploring the life of Princess Anne as a ‘mould-breaking’ member of the royal family will be released to mark her 70th birthday next month. Pictured, Anne in March
The result is a 90-minute documentary that promises a ‘definitive portrait’ of Anne, featuring unseen family footage and conversations with her children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence.
School friends recall Princess Anne’s desire to be ‘one of the girls’ before she came of age as the swinging Sixties made way for the turbulent Seventies.
Meanwhile her Ladies in Waiting admit that they struggle to keep up with her relentless pace and her charities reveal a passionate patron who keeps everyone on their toes.
The documentary will also show the Princess speaking about the failed kidnap attempt in 1974.
Viewers will get a glimpse of her famous work rate as she undertakes a rich variety of engagements at home and abroad – from the catwalk to the turret of a tank.
The documentary promises a ‘definitive portrait’ of Anne, featuring unseen family footage and conversations with her children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence. Pictured, Anne with the Queen on a state visit to Austria in 1969
But they will also see and hear how she relaxes with her children, her grandchildren and her animals at her Gloucestershire estate while Sir Tim reflects on a shared love of the sea and much else.
Princess Royal: Anne at 70 is commissioned for ITV by Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Factual and Sue Murphy, Head of Factual Entertainment.
Jo said: ‘With exclusive, up close and extensive access to Princess Anne, her family and those closest to her, this fascinating film is a landmark event on a landmark birthday.’
Nicolas Kent, Creative Director for Oxford Films and Executive Producer for Princess Royal: Anne at 70, said: ‘It’s been fascinating, especially in such an eventful and significant year, to follow The Princess Royal and hear from her family, friends and colleagues, many of whom are speaking about her for the first time.’