Princess Anne jetted to Australia for a whirlwind royal tour with her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence in April 2022, touching down in Sydney for a three-day visit.
This was a working trip with no big entourage, no media rota, no fuss as The Princess Royal, who is patron of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth helped to celebrate its bicentenary.
From her cute moments with local children, to her interactions with Indigenous elders, photos from the tour captured Princess Anne at her best, proving just why Australia loves her so.
Keep scrolling to see all the best photos from Princess Anne’s 2022 visit to Australia.
Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence met with their hosts the NSW Governor Her Excellency the Hon Margaret Beazley and her husband Dennis Wilson at Government House.
Across the harbour they met with the Governor-General His Excellency the Hon David John Hurley and his wife Linda at Admiralty House
From there the couple headed out for a full day and evening at the Royal Easter Show.
The Australian visit was all about the Princess meeting Australians face-to-face and this first day was all about the Easter Show.
The Princess Royal meets with former Australian Women’s Weekly Food Director Lyndey Milan.
Handshakes all round for the NSW Royal Agricultural Show team.
The Princess Royal talks to Alison Hamilton, Co-Chair of the RAS of NSW Cattle Committee.
Chatting to a stall holder in the Exhibits Hall.
Away from the royal beat, farming is the other half of Princess Anne’s life on her Gatcombe Park Estate in the English county of Gloucestershire.
The Princess watches the Cattle judging of adolescent calves.
The Princess hands out winners’ ribbons to some of the prize cattle.
Super cute Liam Capes, age eight, and his sister Emalee, six, guided Her Royal Highness and Sir Tim around the Little Hands on the Land.
Little Hands on the Land is a working farm in The Paddock educational exhibit.
The centre piece of the Show was driving into the glittering opening ceremony surrounded by considerable military pomp in the historic 150-year-old calèche.
It was the same horse drawn carriage she travelled in on her first visit to Australia and the Easter show in 1970 with her parents and brother Prince Charles.
Her Royal Highness inspects the Federation Guard, escorted by Guard Commander, Major Christopher Pitman.
The Federation Guard is made up from 90 personnel from The Australian Armed Forces.
Her Royal Highness is invited to inspect the band.
The magnificent Traditional Welcome Ceremony.
The Princess raised her umbrella in a short downpour.
The crowd cheered and clapped and Her Royal Highness waved at the climax of the Opening Ceremony.
Responding to the crowd’s warm welcome.
Later at a private dinner overlooking the showground stadium the Princess announced a heartfelt, “being here again is a real pleasure”.
The Princess Royal meets NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet.
The Princess Royal meets members of the two Australian military Corps she is Patron of at a garden party at Government House.
Her Royal Highness gives a speech at a garden party for the Australian arms of her charities and military patronages.
That morning The Princess Royal had met the grieving family of volunteer fireman Andrew O’Dwyer who died in the 2019 bushfires.
From there the couple visited the Sea Heritage Foundation to go on board the MV Cape Don, a former lighthouse tender vessel.
This flag is the royal standard, which was raised on the MV Don when The Princess Royal boarded the ship.
The Princes and Sir Tim were captivated by a Welcome to Country smoking ceremony.
After the ceremony the Princess was presented with gifts that she was told would keep her safe on her journey back to the UK.