Princess Anne is “comfortable” and “recovering well” after horse accident

The Princess Royal remains in hospital after suffering head injuries from a horse at her Gloucestershire estate yesterday.

Buckingham Palace says Princess Anne’s condition is stable, but she is not expected to be discharged until later this week.

The Queen, 73, has been busy supporting her brother King Charles during his battle with cancer but will now have to cancel upcoming engagements, including a visit to Canada this weekend, on the advice of her medical team.

According to the palace, the princess was walking in the grounds of Gatcombe Park, where she and her grandchildren regularly ride, when she was struck by a horse, causing “minor” injuries to her head and a concussion.

Anne’s husband Sir Tim Laurence and their children Peter and Zara were at the family home at the time of the accident.

An air ambulance was called to the scene and treated the princess, who was then flown to Southmead Hospital in Bristol (along with her husband, but not by air ambulance), where she is now under observation. The palace said the princess is expected to remain at Southmead Hospital until she can go home.

The princess had been expected to arrive in Japan on a state visit tomorrow but has had to postpone all upcoming engagements. “Her Royal Highness apologises to anyone who may have been inconvenienced or disappointed by this,” a palace spokesman said.

The aide said the princess’ condition was improving and she was in a “comfortable condition”.

The Princess’s last public appearance was at Royal Ascot, riding in the carriage procession with Lady Gabriella Windsor. A keen horsewoman and former Olympian, her love of horses is well known. In the King’s recent birthday parade, Princess Anne rode on horseback in the role of Gold Stick.

Palace aides have not released details of how the princess was injured but have said the princess, who is renowned for her calm demeanor, is expected to make a full and speedy recovery.

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