Princess Anne Hospitalized After Horse Kick Causes Head Injury

Princess Anne, 73, spent her second night in Southmead Hospital, Bristol, following a minor head injury and concussion believed to be caused by a horse kick at her Gatcombe Park estate. Details of the accident remain unclear, but it’s understood that the Princess was injured while walking on her Gloucestershire estate on Sunday evening.

Princess Anne

An air ambulance and other emergency services responded promptly, treating the Princess at the scene before transferring her to the hospital for further tests, treatment, and observation. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the incident, her medical team suggests the head injuries are consistent with an impact from a horse’s head or legs.

Buckingham Palace released a statement on Monday, confirming the Princess’s condition: “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.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer interrupted their election campaigns to extend their best wishes for the Princess’s speedy recovery. King Charles, kept closely informed, joined the royal family in sending love and well-wishes.

The Princess’s husband, Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, accompanied her to the hospital, and her children, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, were also present on the estate during the incident. The Princess is reportedly in a comfortable condition and is receiving expert care, with plans to remain in the hospital until her medical team advises otherwise.

Princess Anne Hospitalized

As a result of the injury, the Princess will miss several engagements this week, including a banquet for the Japanese state visit and an overseas tour to Canada. A Palace spokesman confirmed the cancellations and conveyed the Princess’s apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Princess Anne, known for her dedication to royal duties and her no-nonsense approach, has a long history as an accomplished horsewoman, having competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Despite this setback, she is expected to make a full recovery and continue her vital role within the royal family.

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