Princess Anne is the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II. Her romantic life has been under a microscope since the time she was young. Thus, the princess lives a very private life away from the constant scrutiny that follows all the Royal family members. Today, the princess is also happily married to her husband for nearly 30 years to Sir Timothy Laurence. However, the road to wedded bliss was not always like a fairytale for the two.
Do many people also wonder who the retired Navy officer she is married to is? What do we know about him? Here’s everything you need to know about Princess Anne’s husband Timothy Laurence.
Who is Timothy Laurence?
Timothy James Hamilton Laurence was born in Camberwell, South London on 1st March 1955. His parents are Commander Guy Stewart Laurence and Barbara Alison Laurence. The navy officer also has a brother, Jonathan Dobree, three years older than him. Laurence attended the New Beacon Preparatory School, Kent, Sevenoaks and then the University College and the University of Durham on a Naval Scholarship.
There Timothy received a Naval scholarship where he received a Bachelor of Science upper 2nd class honors degree in Geography. Apart from that, he also worked as a student editor for his college newspaper and was the captain of the college cricket team.
Career Of Timothy Laurence
Laurence was a Navy man as he was working with the Navy. After leaving Durham, Timothy went to Britania Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. It is before he was posted to HMS Aurora. It was a frigate based in Plymouth, but he had an early promotion to lieutenant after ten months.
Timothy served there for a very short period of time as the Second Navigating Officer of the Royal Yacht HMY Britannia. Then he became the Navigating officer of the destroyer HMS Sheffield. After a period of time in 1982, he was the commanding officer of the patrol boat HMS Cygnet off Northern Ireland. It was a part for IRA gun runners.
Throughout the time period, Timothy actually served as the main commanding officer on HMS Boxer that was between 1992 to 1994. He also served on the category of naval staff in the Ministry of Defense of London. In 1994, he became the first military assistant to the Secretary of State for Defence. This position’s role was to provide military advice in his private office.
After working in different senior positions, Timothy Laurence finally retired from the Navy in 2010. Post his retirement, he pursues a portfolio of mainly charitable and non-executive interests. Timothy is also the trustee of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is the Chairman of its operations committee as well. If we go to his personal interests, he is more into golf, tennis, sailing, and field sports.
Relationship Of Princess Anne and Timothy Laurence
Timothy met the royal princess in 1986 when he served as Equerry for the Queen. Although she was then married to her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. In 1989, the private letters exchanged between the princess and Laurence got published in The Sun newspaper.
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A statement was released from Buckingham Palace that reads: “The stolen letters were addressed to 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.”
Timothy and Princess Anne got married in a private affair in front of just 30 guests at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral on 12th December 1992. Both of them chose to marry in Scotland in a small ceremony. That’s because at that time the Church of England did not allow divorced people to re-marry in its churches when their former spouse was alive.
Intimate Marriage Ceremony of The Couple
The tiny guest list of their marriage included Anne’s parent’s the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh along with her children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall. Besides that Prince Charles and Prince Andrew were also there. The couple used to live in a flat leased in Dolphin Square in London. However, now they live between an apartment at St. James Palace and Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire.
In 2017, Anne and Timothy celebrated their 25 years of togetherness and still appear to be going quite strong. At present, it is quite safe to say that Anne and Laurence could be making an appearance in the future season of The Crown.
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