Princess Anne's husband reveals contents of blue bag as he visits wife in hospital

25 June 2024, 11:28 | Updated: 25 June 2024, 16:49

Princess Anne's husband brought "just a few little treats from home" to his wife as she recovers from a concussion in hospital.

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, 69, arrived by car at the main entrance of Bristol's Southmead Hospital shortly after midday on Tuesday.

He and the Princess Royal had a nearly two-hour lunch together as the 73-year-old continued to receive treatment for injuries believed to have been a result of her being headbutted or kicked by a horse.

After his visit, Sir Tim said: "She is recovering well, thank you.

"We are both profoundly grateful to the medical team and hospital support staff for their expert care - and to the emergency services who were all so wonderful at the scene.

"We are both deeply touched by all the kind messages we have received from so many people near and far. It means a great deal."

It is believed the skilled horsewoman suffered minor injuries to her head and a concussion while walking on her Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire on Sunday evening.

As he left the hospital, Sir Tim said his wife was doing "fine, slow but sure".

He was seen carrying what appeared to be a blue cool bag and was asked if he had taken anything for the princess. He replied: "Just a few little treats from home."

He then put the bag on the rear seat of his Range Rover and drove off.

Although the exact cause of the injuries is unconfirmed, Anne's medical team have said her head injuries are consistent with a potential impact from a horse's head or legs.

Emergency services and an air ambulance attended, and she was treated at the scene. The princess was transferred to Southmead Hospital by road for tests, treatment and observation.

Anne married former Royal Navy officer Sir Tim, her second husband, in a low-key ceremony in 1992.

The horsewoman was the first royal to compete at an Olympic games, in 1976. She is expected to remain in hospital until later this week.

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"Her Royal Highness remains in Southmead Hospital, Bristol, as a precautionary measure for observation and is expected to make a full and swift recovery," a Buckingham Palace statement said on Monday.

The King was informed of his sister's injuries and joined the rest of the Royal Family in wishing her a "speedy recovery", the statement added.

The palace said the princess was "recovering well".

Doctors have recommended she postpone engagements for the week ahead, and it is understood that includes a trip to Canada scheduled for the end of this week.

"Her Royal Highness sends her apologies to any who may be inconvenienced or disappointed as a result," a palace official said.

The princess will also be unable to attend Tuesday's state banquet organised by the King in honour of Japanese Emperor Naruhito, who is visiting the UK with his wife Empress Masako.