Princess Anne is unfazed by bleak weather as she watches the World Sheepdog Trials in Northern Ireland from the spectator stands

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Princess Anne appeared absorbed as she watched the World Sheepdog Trials earlier today – and seemed totally unfazed by the bleak weather.

The royal, 73, took to Northern Ireland to observe the trials in Dromore, near Belfast. 

The late Queen’s daughter looked typically elegant in a khaki green and red striped tweed coat and matching skirt.

Anne donned a red jumper underneath her stylish ensemble, which featured matching red buttons.

The bleak weather didn’t stop the games, although the contestants looked soaked from the heavy rain after competing in the event.

Princess Anne appeared absorbed as she watched the World Sheepdog Trials today, and wrapped up warm against the bleak weather

Princess Anne appeared absorbed as she watched the World Sheepdog Trials today, and wrapped up warm against the bleak weather

The event took place in Domore in Northern Ireland. The rainy weather did not seem to put off any of the attendees

The event took place in Domore in Northern Ireland. The rainy weather did not seem to put off any of the attendees

Handlers and judges look on during the action at the World Sheep Dog Trials, hiding away from the heavy rain

Handlers and judges look on during the action at the World Sheep Dog Trials, hiding away from the heavy rain

While the mother-of-two sat shielded from the hefty downpour, other spectators held umbrellas while attending the event.

A selection of photographs captured the stunning scenery on the second day of the trials.

One shot captures the moment a sheepdog herds sheep during the competition at the World Sheep Dog Trials.

The trials span five days – with events testing both junior and senior competitors.

In another image, a sheepdog named Misty is soaked in rain after taking part in the event. 

It was a busy day for Anne, as she visited an investment Summit in Belfast earlier. 

She was was joined by trade secretary Kemi Badenoch during the Northern Ireland Investment Summit 2023 at the ICC.

The pair looked deep in conversation and they strolled around the venue with Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris. 

The British royal appeared absorbed by the competitive event, and kept her eyes towards the trials

The British royal appeared absorbed by the competitive event, and kept her eyes towards the trials  

The late Queen's daughter looked typically elegant in a khaki green and red striped tweed coat and matching skirt

The late Queen’s daughter looked typically elegant in a khaki green and red striped tweed coat and matching skirt

The shot above captures the moment a sheepdog herds sheep during a competition at the World Sheep Dog Trials

The shot above captures the moment a sheepdog herds sheep during a competition at the World Sheep Dog Trials

There were up to 200 international investors gathered in ICC Belfast, while large numbers of homegrown businesses were exhibiting in the hope of attracting financial support.

Earlier this week, she appeared alongside William, an animated Kate and former England rugby ace Mike Tindall on his podcast show.

Mike, 44, who is married to Zara, the Princess Royal’s daughter, is the presenter of The Good, The Bad and The Rugby.

During the appearance, Princess Anne recalled the early days of her daughter’s equestrian career, in which she won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics

Recalling what would happen if she tried to offer her advice, keen horse rider Anne said: ‘If I made a comment I was usually told I was a dinosaur.’

Princess Anne’s no-nonsense approach to the job, and to life, seems to be universally admired.

The only daughter and second child of the late Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise was born on August 15, 1950, at Clarence House.

At that time she was third in the line of succession to the British throne, behind her mother and older brother, now King Charles. Today, she is 17th in line.

Here Misty the sheep dog has been photographed soaked in rain after competing in the World Sheep Dog Trials in Dromore

Here Misty the sheep dog has been photographed soaked in rain after competing in the World Sheep Dog Trials in Dromore

While the princess sat shielded from the hefty downpour, other spectators held umbrellas while attending the event

While the princess sat shielded from the hefty downpour, other spectators held umbrellas while attending the event

The international trials spans a total of five days- with events testing both junior and senior competitors

The international trials spans a total of five days- with events testing both junior and senior competitors

A selection of photographs captured the captivating trials on the second day of the competition

A selection of photographs captured the captivating trials on the second day of the competition

Photographed above is Ruby the dachshund licking his owner, Hertford Arnold, at the World Sheep Dog Trials during heavy rain

Photographed above is Ruby the dachshund licking his owner, Hertford Arnold, at the World Sheep Dog Trials during heavy rain

James Ogston (pictured right) from Scotland looks on at the World Sheep Dog Trials during heavy rain

James Ogston (pictured right) from Scotland looks on at the World Sheep Dog Trials during heavy rain

The bleak weather didn't stop the games, although the animals looked soaked from the heavy rain after competing in the event

The bleak weather didn’t stop the games, although the animals looked soaked from the heavy rain after competing in the event


For the earlier part of her life, Anne was educated at home at Buckingham Palace until she broke tradition for princesses and went to Benenden School in Kent in 1963.

Anne began attending public engagements in 1969 when she was 18 years old. Her first act as a working royal was opening an education and training centre in Shropshire.

Since then, the Princess has established relationships with more than 300 charities and organisations across the Commonwealth and has one of the busiest working schedules of any member of the Royal Family.

She became the President of Save the Children UK in 1970, and this was the first major charity with which she became closely associated.

In 1990, when she was 39-years-old, Anne was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia for her work as president of the charity.




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