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At 69, Princess Anne's country-chic look and penchant for re-wearing couldn’t be more on trend

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Princess Anne 1968
As she celebrates her 69th birthday, Bethan Holt examines why Princess Anne's style has an eternal appeal. Pictured here in 1968. Credit: Getty Images

Princess Anne’s annual moment of glory tends to come when the Royal family’s engagements for the year are totted up. She has long come out on top; last year she was hailed as our hardest working royal, completing 180 days of engagements in 2018 which is 20 days more than Prince Charles.

But as the Princess Royal prepares to celebrate her 69th birthday tomorrow, it is her fashion prowess which is taking its turn in the spotlight. At first glance, you may presume that Anne’s looks are purely practical, the epitome of British countrywoman poise and correctness - and you’d be right. But, as W magazine recently declared, she is also a ‘modern fashion icon hiding in plain sight’. 

At the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May, Princess Anne paired her teal scarf with a horse brooch and reflective sunglasses

Take her look at the...

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