Who is Princess Anne's husband Sir Timothy Laurence? | The Sun

PRINCESS ANNE has been married to her second husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence for three decades.

But in contrast to what is usually the case with royal marriages, Sir Timothy was not given a royal title by the late Queen after marrying a member of the Royal Family.

Who is Princess Anne's husband Sir Timothy Laurence? 

Sir Timothy Laurence is the second husband of Princess Anne.

He is a retired Royal Navy officer who was equerry to the late Queen.

Sir Timothy was born in Camberwell and attended the New Beacon Prep Sevenoaks School in Kent before going to the University of Durham on a naval scholarship.

He received a Bachelor of Science upper 2nd class honours degree in geography.

He also edited the student newspaper and was captain of the college cricket team.

After leaving Durham, he trained at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth before embarking on a nearly 40-year career in the Navy.

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He retired from the Navy in 2010, and is the Chairman of the English Heritage Trust.

Sir Timothy was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2011.

When did Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence get married?

The couple met while he was serving as an equerry to the Queen in 1987.

Princess Anne was still married to her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips at the time.

In 1989, The Sun published private letters between the Princess and Sir Timothy. 

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In a statement at the time, Buckingham Palace said: “The stolen letters were addressed to the Princess Royal by Commander Timothy Laurence, the Queen’s equerry. 

“We have nothing to say about the contents of personal letters sent to Her Royal Highness by a friend which were stolen and which are the subject of a police investigation.”

They were married in a private service in front of just 30 guests at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral on December 12, 1992. 

At the time the Church of England did not allow divorced people to re-marry in its churches while their former spouse was still alive.

The couple maintains a London residence at St James's Palace but spends most of their time at Gatcombe Park, a 730-acre Grade II-listed estate in Gloucestershire.

How many children does Princess Anne have?

Princess Anne has two adult children with her first husband Captain Mark Phillips.

Her first child Peter Phillips is a businessman, while her daughter Zara Tindall, née Phillips, is an equestrian and Olympian.

Zara married former England rugby player Mike Tindall in 2011.

They have three children together, daughters Mia and Lena, and son Lucas.

When was Sir Timothy Laurence equerry to the Queen?

Sir Timothy was equerry to the Queen between 1986 and 1989.

The role is appointed by working members of The Firm, and involves working closely with the Royal family and attending personal engagements.

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The Queen's last equerry before her passing on September 8, was Major Tom White, a Royal Marines commando who was appointed in 2020.

As King Charles III ascended to the British throne, Major Johnny Thompson has become his equerry.

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