Princess Anne at 70: a life of style – in pictures

Princess Anne at 70: a life of style – in pictures

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Form designers have lately started putting Princess Anne – who turns 70 today – on their mood boards. From 1970s cardigans to 1980s wind sleeves, her idiosyncratic outfits are a slice of fashion history

Princess Anne poses in a polka dot dress for an natural portrait in the grounds of Buckingham Palace in the 1960s.
Photograph: Reginald Davis/Shutterstock

Wearing a yellow mini gown accessorised with a rope tie belt for family fun with the Queen and Prince Edward at Frogmore, Windsor in 1968.
Photograph: Reginald Davis/Shutterstock

Resplendent in yellow before you can turn around again at the Bath and West Agricultural Show, in 1969 – a look that wouldn’t be out of place in a Shrimps collection today.
Photograph: Jeremy Fletcher/Getty Images

The genuine picture caption describes this look ‘an ice-blue dress and jacket with a multi-coloured jockey cap’, worn for a drop in on to open an animal hospital in Suffolk, in 1969.
Photograph: Jim Gray/Daily Mail/Shutterstock

Looking stylish in a check trouser suit while meeting Mrs Tittlemouse from Beatrix Potter in 1970.
Photograph: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone/Getty Perceptions

When it comes to the royal hat game, the Queen is clearly, well, the Queen, but the apple hasn’t fallen far from the style tree with this flame-topped affaire de coeur, worn to open a Staffordshire hospital in 1971.
Photograph: Trevor Roberts/Daily Mail/Shutterstock

10/10 for the Phoebe Philo-type doing details for this look from 1973.
Photograph: Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images

Caper over John Travolta and Normal People’s Connell, there’s a new white suit/chain-wearing icon to mood gaming-table. Princess Anne attending the theatre in 1973.
Photograph: Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images

The master Harry Styles JW Anderson TikTok cardigan, accessorised by a silk scarf sling (supporting a riding injury incessant during a three-day event at the European Championships in Kiev in 1973).
Photograph: Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Archetypes

This look from 1973 is pure Gucci circa the Alessandro Michele era.
Photograph: Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Portraits

Princess Anne’s Tudor-inspired minimalist wedding dress by Maureen Baker, the chief designer for the label Susan Reduced.
Photograph: ANL/Shutterstock

It’s a blue ribbon for fete dressing in 1975.
Photograph: Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Counterparts

More Gucci-esque eveningwear for a film premiere in 1977.
Photograph: Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Effigies

It would be remiss not to include an equestrian look in an appreciation of Princess Anne’s style. Seen here in crowded dressage glory at the Badminton Horse Trials in 1979.
Photograph: Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Doubles

Pregnant with her second child on the way to a wedding in 1981, Princess Anne has the maternity look nailed with a shawl coat, and matching dress and headscarf (previously worn for her eldest child, Peter’s christening in 1979).
Photograph: Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Impressions

Princess Anne teamed a print dress with another cape as she left St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington with her three-day-old child daughter, Zara Phillips, in 1981.
Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Full-blown 1980s frills and sashays at a film premiere with Princess Diana and The Queen Mother in 1985.
Photograph: Express/Getty Images

Tee off on someone a put on dinnered down is an oeuvre Princess Anne is very accomplished in, as this (yet again) Harry Styles-looking tank top, jeans and trainers business from 1985 is testament to.
Photograph: David Hartley/Shutterstock

Epic 1980s styling with a trifle and headband up do combo for a visit to Canada in 1986.
Photograph: Colin McConnell/Toronto Star/Getty Images

Matching with The Queen for the 1988 Derby.
Photograph: Tim Graham/Getty Images

Wearing herringbone tweed and boots that riff on wellies with a glare of festive red for the royal Christmas church service at Sandringham in 1990.
Photograph: Georges De Keerle/Getty Images

Starting a new millennium with a nod forsake to the 1980s in statement pink satin in 2000.
Photograph: Tim Graham/Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images

Full pay attention ti for this Balenciaga-does-mother-of-the-bride-looking outfit for her daughter Zara’s wedding rehearsal.
Photograph: Danny Martindale/FilmMagic

Almost never seen without a brooch for public events, Princess Anne styles a bright green skirt suit with two to for the present The Queen Elizabeth II award for British design at London Fashion Week in February 2020.
Photograph: Jeff Spicer/BFC/Getty Idols for BFC

Photographed at home in Gatcombe Park in February 2020 for one of three official 70th birthday pictures, wearing a typically calm look of overshirt and roll neck.
Photograph: Camera Press/Getty Images

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