Princess Anne, pictured at Trooping the Colour in 2022

Karwai Tang

Princess Anne appears ‘unable to recall exactly what happened’ during an accident which has left her in hospital, insiders have claimed.

The King’s younger sister, who is 73, was in Gloucestershire on Sunday evening at the Gatcombe Estate when it is thought she was struck on the head by a horse. However, according to MailOnline‘s Rebecca English, little is known about the incident as, due to the extent of her injuries, the Princess Royal is unable to recall exactly what happened. It has meant her medical team have had to surmise the most likely incident given the extent of her injuries, with doctors concluding the wounds are ‘consistent with the potential impact from being headbutted or kicked by an animal or animals.’

An air ambulance was called to the scene where she was treated. Her husband, Sir Tim Laurence then accompanied her to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for tests and treatment. Buckingham Palace said: ‘The Princess Royal has sustained minor injuries and concussion following an incident on the Gatcombe Park estate yesterday evening. Her Royal Highness remains in Southmead Hospital, Bristol, as a precautionary measure for observation and is expected to make a full and swift recovery’.

Princess Anne is an accomplished horsewoman who competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. She will now have to miss at least nine engagements including the banquet for the Japanese State visit and a trip to Canada.

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