Princess Anne, 70, is the mother of Zara Tindall, 39, and Peter Phillips, 42. As part of the Royal Family, Princess Anne has followed many royal traditions over the years. However, she decided to skip one when her children were born.
Princess Anne will often adhere to these but she missed a major tradition when her children were born.
Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall are the eldest grandchildren of the Queen.
While Princess Anne is a senior royal with a Her Royal Highness title, the same titles were not automatically given to her children.
This is because of a Letters Patent, a written order issued by a monarch or head of state, which was issued in 1917.
In the letter, it was noted that the children of the monarch’s sons would automatically get HRH status and the prefix of Prince and Princess.
However, the letter did not extend to the children of the monarch’s daughters.
This could only be changed by the Queen and it is thought the monarch offered titles to Princess Anne’s children.
Princess Anne chose to skip the tradition, however, and her children did not receive titles.
Still, she took tips from the Royal Family in other aspects of raising her children.
For example, Zara and Peter were both educated at Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland.
Studying at the institution is a tradition that has been followed by royals including Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Prince Edward.