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The Princess Royal made 117 official engagements in the first three months of this year, overtaking Prince William who had the busiest first three months last year, by more than 50 engagements. This year, the Queen’s daughter has had just five fewer engagements than at the same time in the pre-Covid year of 2019.

The 71-year-old Royal was in service for 47 days in the first quarter.

She is followed by Prince Charles with 102 engagements in 36 days.

William, who turns 40 in June, has taken the lead over the past two years and sits in third place so far with 67 commitments.

Sophie Wessex was just one behind on 66, closely followed by the Duchess of Cambridge on 65.

The Cambridges have just returned from an eventful and controversial Caribbean tour.

Although Kate still intends to make childcare her number one priority, researcher Patricia Treble said: “Note that both Kate and William are in the top five for 2021 and 2022.”

She added, however: “The first term is often marked by unusual placements – last year William was No 1 because he worked a lot with the NHS (he made phone calls which were each counted as an official commitment).

“So it’s too early to make any predictions about how the year will end.”

Earlier this year the Queen paved the way for Camilla to become Queen Consort when Charles takes the throne, and since the announcement the Duchess of Cornwall has stepped up her duties from the same time last year.

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In the early afternoon, she was in Homebush in western Sydney to view some of the exhibits ahead of the official opening of the popular agricultural show’s 200th anniversary.

The 71-year-old royal has several commitments during her three-day visit, including with the Rural Fire Service and the Sea Heritage Foundation.

His first engagement is to meet Margaret Beazley, Governor of New South Wales, and General David John Hurley, Governor General of Australia.

After leaving Australia, Princess Anne is expected to attend engagements in Papua New Guinea.

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