Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, is President of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences and has participated at each conference since 2003.
The Princess Royal started undertaking public work at the age of 18, when her first engagement was the opening of an educational and training centre in Shropshire in 1969. Since then, she has established significant and ongoing relationships with a number of charities and organisations across the Commonwealth and has one of the busiest working schedules of any member of the Royal Family.
Princess Anne has been President of Save the Children UK since 1970, and it was the first major charity with which she became closely associated. It has given her great insight into the needs of children worldwide and an understanding of the issues affecting developing countries. In her work for the organisation, The Princess has visited Save the Children projects in many countries, including China, Cambodia, Botswana, Madagascar and The Philippines.
Princess Anne is involved with over 300 charities, organisations and military regiments in the UK and overseas, and she devotes a large part of her working life to official engagements and visits.
The Princess has been closely involved with the creation of several charities, notably The Princess Royal’s Trust for Carers (now Carers Trust), Transaid and Riders for Health. The Carers’ Trust provides support for the millions of individuals in the UK who are responsible for caring for someone. Transaid and Riders for Health both try to overcome some of the difficulties caused by poor transportation links in developing countries.
She also carries out a very wide range of official duties and visits in the United Kingdom in support of regional authorities and local institutions.
Having competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games as a member of the British equestrian team, Princess is able to bring insight and experience to her role a British member of the International Olympic Committee. She took part in London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, and was a member of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. In 2016 The Princess visited Rio to meet Team GB in her role as President of the British Olympic Association.
The Princess Royal was given responsibility for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences after her father chaired the last conference in Canada, in 1998. She has since served as President of the Conferences in Australia in 2003 and India/Malaysia in 2008. Emerging Leaders Dialogues Canada is proud the Princess is President of the organization.