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Princess Anne Suffering From Memory Loss After Horse-Related Accident: Updates on Her Condition

The Princess Royal, who is regularly considered the hardest working royal, was hurt at her estate


Princess Anne, 73, was  hospitalized following a June 24  incident that took place on the Gatcombe Park estate, her country home, as reported in a statement put out by Buckingham Palace. It read: 

“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. The King has been kept closely informed and joins the whole Royal Family in sending his fondest love and well-wishes to The Princess for a speedy recovery.”

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In the wake of the incident, it was reported that the princess only sustained minor injuries and a concussion. However, a report from The Telegraph attested that Anne is suffering from memory loss as a result of the accident.

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What happened to Princess Anne?

Due to the concussion sustained, it remains unclear exactly what happened to Princess Anne as of publication, though her injuries indicate that she had some kind of impact with a horse’s legs or head. The princess has been an avid equestrian for decades, even representing Great Britain in the 1976 Olympic Games.

Britain’s Press Association said in a tweet shortly after the incident: “The Princess Royal is in hospital after suffering minor injuries to her head and concussion when it is believed she was kicked by a horse on her Gatcombe Park estate.”

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At the time of her injury, her two children, Zara and Peter, were present at the estate. When emergency services were called, her husband, Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, accompanied her to the hospital. 

Her injury quickly put a pause on her previously planned engagements set for the coming days, including a trip to Canada and a dinner being held for the emperor of Japan. 

Two days after the incident, a source told The Telegraph that the princess is suffering from memory loss, though it is thought to be temporary.

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The royal family’s health has been in the headlines 

In February of 2024, it was revealed that King Charles III, Princess Anne’s brother, was diagnosed with an unspecified form of cancer.

King Charles and Princess Anne attending the funeral and burial of the Queen, 2022
King Charles and Princess Anne attending the funeral and burial of the Queen, 2022Hannah McKay – WPA Pool/Getty Images

“During The King’s recent hospital procedure for benign prostate enlargement, a separate issue of concern was noted,” the announcement read at the time. “Subsequent diagnostic tests have identified a form of cancer.”

“His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties,” said the official statement from Buckingham Palace. 

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Since his diagnosis, Princess Anne has diligently taken on additional responsibilities in his absence, serving as a representative for the royal family at event after event.

Princess Anne pictured in 2022
Princess Anne pictured in 2022Chris Jackson/Getty Images for St James Quarter

“The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure. He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible,” the statement continued.

His Majesty has chosen to share his diagnosis to prevent speculation and in the hope it may assist public understanding for all those around the world who are affected by cancer.”

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We wish the Princess a speedy recovery and a smooth transition back into her royal duties in the coming weeks. 

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