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Princess Anne offers a look inside her 'refreshingly normal' home with new photo

The Princess Royal was sat with her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, watching the rugby in their 'cosy' living room

Princess Anne, pictured at Royal Ascot in 2017, has shared an intimate look inside her home. Getty Images
Princess Anne, pictured at Royal Ascot in 2017, has shared an intimate look inside her home. Getty Images

A glimpse inside a royal room is a rare but noteworthy occasion for any avid royal watcher.

In the past, they were vastly limited to December, when Queen Elizabeth II would film her annual Christmas Message from the drawing rooms of Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle.

However, as people continue to spend more time indoors as the pandemic continues, British royal engagements have been run from the family's homes via video conference, so they have become more commonplace in the past year.

Few insights, however, are as intimate as a look inside Princess Anne's home, which royal fans were given this weekend.

On the official Royal Family Instagram account, a photo was shared of the Princess Royal with her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, watching England and Scotland play rugby in the Calcutta Cup game during the Six Nations Championship.

Fans have had a lot to say about the "cosy" and "traditional" living space, which is packed full of ornaments and classic furniture, with a number of framed pictures on the wall.

"I love that their house looks like anyone’s grandmothers house," one fan wrote of the space, with another writing: "What a lovely, cosy room!"

The heavily furnished room is fitted out with two display cabinets, red floral sofa and armchair seating, many family photos and a coffee table piled high with books and papers. The walls are painted a light green.

Many pointed out that there was a dog bed beside the television and pondered the "history" of the objects on display.

The shot, which certainly does not seem to have been carefully curated for Instagram, gave a "real insight into their lives", said one fan on social media.

"I love that their home looks like an actual home and not something that was set up," said another.

Princess Anne, the patron of Scottish Rugby, spent the night cheering for the Scotland team.

The photo was captioned: "As [the Scotland Rugby] Patron, the Princess Royal often supports the team from the stands.

"Her Royal Highness and Vice Admiral Sir Tim cheered Scotland on from home today as they played England for the Calcutta Cup, 150 years since their first match. Well played, Scotland!"

Scotland won the rugby match 11-6, which was the team's first victory over England at Twickenham since 1983.

Updated: February 8, 2021 06:13 PM

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