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Princess Anne turns 60!

Princess Anne is celebrating a big birthday.
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Good reason to celebrate

Now on Sunday, at the Windsors at Balmoral Castle, the champagne corks will surely pop. Maybe the one or the bottle of gin will be beheaded. For a good reason: Princess Anne is celebrating a big birthday. The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth will be 60!

A better place than Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands Anne could not have chosen for her family party, after all, she had 18 years ago, just five minutes away by car, in the little Crathie Kirk married her second husband Timothy Laurence (55) . The Marineattache is of course also on Sunday and is likely to pique all those who have been telling him and his princess Tim a "marriage-out" for years. Bad luck - the connection runs and works, albeit silently.

Still, it's been quiet about the Princess Royal (so Anne's official title) anyway. Gone are the scandalous times when, at the end of the 80s, her love for husband number one, Mark Phillips (61), broke. At this very time, Prince Charles and Diana, as well as Prince Andrew and Fergie, were faced with the shards of their marriage. Turbulent months in which Queen Elizabeth (84) could hardly sleep because of fear for the throne.

But that's all over. The former world class rider Anne (European champion 1971) is only privately on horseback and works diligently and diligently to the crown and the country. At the end of the year she will once again write Windsor story: Her son Peter (32) and his wife Autumn (33) will not only turn Anne into a grandmother, but for the first time Queen of Great-Grandmother! Again a reason to toast!