Embodying a less is more approach to fashion, Princess Anne's sartorial style is all about subtlety and simplicity. Boasting a handbag collection full of minimalist leather designs, the Queen's daughter rarely carries anything but, so trust us when we say, her latest choice is seriously unexpected.
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Spotted during a royal engagement in Burnham-on-Crouch this week, the 71-year-old was pictured with a never-before-seen accessory – a bright white tote bag monogrammed with 'HRH' - AKA Her Royal Highness.
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Putting together a nautical look, Princess Anne teamed her trusty tote with a navy and white striped jacket, layered over a classic dark blue T-shirt and crisp white trousers. Keeping the sunshine out of her eyes, she added a pair of statement tinted sunglasses and swept her brunette hair into a sophisticated updo.
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Another reason why Princess Anne's new bag is so unexpected is that the mum-of-two rarely acknowledges her royal title.
Princess Anne typically carries streamlined leather handbags during royal engagements
In a one-off documentary titled, Anne: The Princess Royal at 70, Anne could be seen posing for an artist to sculpt her likeness. When asked if a tiara could be added, the royal very politely declined the offer.
She's also known to dislike being the centre of attention and has a fuss-free approach to life.
In the documentary, she said: "I read an article the other day about The Crown, the actress was talking about how long it took them to do their hair like I did."
Laughing, she added: "And I'm thinking, 'How could you possibly take that long?' I mean it takes me ten or 15 minutes."
While the Princess Royal's latest accessory is certainly a surprise, we couldn't love it more, and we can't wait to see her carrying it again.
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