Princess Anne at Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, 1974

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‼️Princess Anne and A Kidnap Attempt‼️ On March 20, 1974, Princess Anne and Mark Phillips were returning to Buckingham Palace from a charity event. Their car was forced to stop by a Ford Escort. The driver of the Escort, Ian Ball, jumped out and began firing a pistol. Inspector James Beaton, Anne's personal police officer, responded by getting out of the car in order to shield her. Beaton's firearm jammed, and he was shot by the assailant, as was Anne's chauffeur, Alex Callender, when he tried to disarm Ball. Brian McConnell, a nearby tabloid journalist, also intervened, and was shot in the chest. Ball approached Anne's car and told her of his kidnapping plan. Ball directed Anne to get out of the car, to which she replied: "Not bloody likely!", and reportedly briefly considered hitting Ball. Eventually, she exited the other side of the limousine as had her lady-in-waiting, Rowena Brassey. A passing pedestrian, a former boxer named Ron Russell, punched Ball in the back of the head and then led Anne away from the scene. At that point, Police Constable Michael Hills happened upon the situation; he too was shot by Ball, but not before he called for police backup. Detective Constable Peter Edmonds, who answered and gave chase, finally arresting Ball. Beaton, Hills, Callender and McConnell were hospitalised, and all recovered from their wounds. For his defence of Princess Anne, Beaton was awarded the George Cross by the Queen; Hills and Russell were awarded the George Medal, and Callender, McConnell and Edmonds were awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal. Russell recalled getting the George Medal from the queen, telling the Eastern Daily Press in 2006 that the monarch told him, "the medal is from the queen of England, the thank you is from Anne's mother”. In the car, rented under an assumed name, Ball had stashed Valium, two pairs of handcuffs and a ransom note demanding £2 million. Ball pleaded guilty to attempted murder and kidnapping and was sentenced to spend life in a mental health facility.  ____________________ 📸 Photo credit to Reginald Devis/REX/ @shutterstock 🔎 Info source credit to @wikipedia #princessanne #princessroyal #britishroyalfamily #royals #royalty

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Princess Anne (wearing her Festoon Tiara, Empress Marie Feodorovna’s Pearl and Sapphire Choker, the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II, and the Badge of the Royal Victorian Order) and Captain Mark Phillips officially open the annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Ontario’s biggest horse and agricultural show, at the CNE Coliseum in Toronto Canada on this day in 1974. After arriving in a carriage, the Princess inspected the guard of the 48th Highlanders of Canada, presented prizes, and then the couple viewed the proceedings from a stand.

Note- I visited the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 2010, and sadly there were no Princesses in Tiaras around then ☹️.



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