Hard at work! Princess Anne attends Colour Parade of the voluntary First Aid Nursing Yeomanry as they join the London-based charity
Newly-released photographs have pictured Princess Anne hard at work in London, as she attended a Colour Parade of the voluntary First Aid Nursing Yeomanry.
The images, taken on Wednesday, show the Princess Royal in her full military get-up as she stood watch over the parade – before meeting with some of those involved.
Anne, 72, has been the Commandant-in-Chief of the Corps since 1981. The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry is an independent, all-female charity that was formed in 1901.
It was active in both nursing and intelligence work during the World Wars.
Wednesday’s Colour Parade was described as an ‘important milestone’ for the Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps by the British defence ministry.
The Ministry of Defence said: ‘It saw them transfer from the aegis of The Royal Corps of Signals to become part of London district.
‘This reflects the focus of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry within the capital, given that for many years, in order to be a FANY, you needed to live or work within London, so that you could deploy rapidly when needed.’
Last year marked a record year for the Corps, with 950 days of voluntary support given.
This is ‘something the 2023 recruits will be more than aware of as they celebrated with their Passing Out’, a celebration which took place under the watchful eye of Princess Anne.
The Parade set off at 7.10pm led by the Colour Party – and received a Royal Salute.
The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry are on call 24/7 and deploy multi-faceted rapid response teams to support civil and military authorities in times of crisis.
In the Second World War, some 6,000 served with the Special Operations Executive and Auxiliary Territorial Service as agents, drivers, coders, signallers and support staff.
The late Queen had trained with the FANY as a driver as Princess Elizabeth in 1945.
The new images come after the Princess Royal took part in a ceremony of remembrance for National Service veterans on Thursday.
Anne had visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire to commemorate ex-servicemen.
The National Service was introduced as a form of peacetime conscription for British men after WWII and was demobilised in 1960, with the last servicemen discharged in 1963.