Princess Anne in hospital with concussion after being injured by horse at Gatcombe Park home

Princess Anne standing
Princess Anne (Getty)

The Princess Royal has "sustained minor injuries and concussion" after an incident at her Gloucestershire home, Gatcombe Park, on Sunday evening, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

In a statement, the palace has said that Princess Anne, 73 "remains in Southmead Hospital, Bristol, as a precautionary measure for observation and is expected to make a full and swift recovery".

It added: "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."


HELLO! understands that Anne was out walking within her estate when the incident occurred, resulting in the Princess Royal sustaining minor wounds to the head.

While the exact cause of her injuries has not been confirmed, it's understood that her medical team say that her head injuries are consistent with a potential impact from a horse's head or legs. 

Emergency services were sent to Anne's home and after medical care at the scene, Anne was transferred to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for appropriate tests, treatment and observation.

 Aerial view of Gatcombe Park where Princess Anne lives
The incident took place on Princess Anne's Gatcombe Park estate (Getty)

It's understood that Anne's husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and her children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall were on the estate at the time of the incident. Sir Tim accompanied his wife as she was taken to hospital.

While the Princess has suffered concussion and minor injuries to the head, she is expected to make a full and swift recovery. No further details have been given about her treatment.

Princess Anne and Sarah Chatto
The Princess Royal was last seen publicly at Royal Ascot on Friday (Getty)

A palace spokesperson says Her Royal Highness is "recovering well, is in a comfortable condition and  is being kept in hospital as a precautionary measure for further observation".

Future engagements

The Princess Royal keeps a busy schedule of engagements but a palace spokesperson has said: "On doctors’ advice, Her Royal Highness’s engagements for the week ahead will be postponed. Her Royal Highness sends her apologies to any who may be inconvenienced or disappointed as a result."

Princess Anne and Sir Tim Laurence at Platinum Jubilee
Sir Tim Laurence accompanied his wife to hospital (Getty)

She will be unable to attend the Japan State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening and will no longer travel to Canada later this week for a planned visit.

Where is Princess Anne being treated?

The palace confirmed that the Princess is being treated at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, around 30 miles from her Gloucestershire home.

Southmead Hospital is part of the North Bristol NHS Trust and has a number of major specialities, including neuroscience.

Southmead Hospital in Bristol where Princess Anne is being treated
Southmead Hospital in Bristol (Getty)

The Institute of Neurosciences is based in the hospital's Brunel building and is a regional centre providing specialised services for a wide spectrum of neurological conditions.

Southmead Hospital is also home to the only adult major trauma centre (MTC) in the The Severn Major Trauma Network (SMTN). The centre works alongside six other units based across the South West.

Equestrian career

The Princess Royal is an accomplished and confident horsewoman, having been the first British to compete in the Olympics, when she rode the late Queen's horse, Goodwill, in the equestrian three-day event at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.

Anne also won a gold medal in 1971 and two silver medals in 1975 at the European Eventing Championships.

Princess Anne competes at Montreal Olympics 1976
Anne competing at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal (Getty)

Her daughter Zara has followed in her mother's footsteps with her own equestrian career and won a silver medal as part of Team GB's eventing team at the London 2012 Olympics.

Anne also rides on horseback during the King's birthday parade, but appeared to have some difficulties with an unruly horse at Trooping the Colour earlier this month.

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Princess Anne is a skilled and experienced horsewoman (Getty)

With her being an experienced and skilled horsewoman, Anne was able to keep her horse under control without drawing too much attention away from the rest of the parade...

A difficult year for the royal family

Princess Anne's accident is the latest health upset to the hit the royal family this year, with both the King and the Princess of Wales diagnosed with and undergoing treatment for cancer, and Sarah, Duchess of York, having skin cancer.

Trooping The Colour 2024
Kate made her first public appearance amid her cancer treatment at Trooping the Colour (Getty)

Anne is a key member of the King's slimmed-down working monarchy, and has played an important role as she stepped up in support of Charles amid his condition.

The princess, often dubbed the hardest-working royal, is known for her no-nonsense approach and her commitment to royal duty.