Princess Anne's husband gives update on royal after hospitalisation

Princess Anne is "recovering well" after being hospitalised this week.

The 73-year-old royal - who is a highly skilled horsewoman and competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics – sustained injuries and a concussion while walking on her Gloucestershire estate in an accident thought to have been caused by a kick from a horse.

Speaking to reporters after visiting her in hospital, her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence said: "She’s doing fine. Slow, but sure.

"She is recovering well, thank you. We are both profoundly grateful to the medical team and hospital support staff for their expert care – and to the emergency services who were all so wonderful at the scene."

Sir Tim also thanked everyone for their messages of support following the accident.

He added: "We are both deeply touched by all the kind messages we have received from so many people near and far. It means a great deal."

Emergency services were despatched to Anne’s estate after she was injured, after being given medical care at the scene, she was transferred to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for tests, treatment and observation.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “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.”

Although the exact cause of the injuries is unconfirmed, Anne’s medical team have said her head injuries are consistent with a potential impact from a horse’s head or legs.

As well as missing last night's (25.06.24) state banquet in honour of Japan's Emperor Naruhito, Princess Anne won't take part in a planned overseas tour to Canada this weekend.