- Princess Anne married Timothy Laurence in 1992
- Safe to say their wedding was unusual!
- Anne was a divorcée, so she couldn't remarry in England
Princess Anne is the late Queen's only daughter and the second eldest after King Charles. Her current title is Princess Royal, which has only been adopted by seven women in history.
This Dec. 12 marked the 30th wedding anniversary of the Princess and her husband. But did you know that her wedding was forbidden in England?
Princess Anne had to leave the country to get remarried
Anne was previously married to Mark Phillips from 1973 to 1992, after they met aboard the royal yacht Britannia.
They became engaged in 1973, and that same year were married inside Westminster Abbey on Nov. 14. They had two children together, Peter and Zara.
Like many relationships, the separation began long before the date of the divorce. At some point between 1986 and 1992, she met Timothy Laurence, who was an equerry for the Queen.
How Princess Anne and her husband handled the wedding
In 1992, Timothy Laurence proposed to Anne and they were married that same year. But they had limited options for the wedding, since the British church would not allow the Princess to remarry.
For this reason, they decided to have a private ceremony at Crathie Kirk, near Balmoral in Scotland. Only 30 people were invited, among them of course her parents, the Queen and Prince Philip, her children, and her brothers Charles and Andrew.
Today, the Princess Royal and her husband Timothy Laurence live together inside Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, along with her daughter Zara, her husband, and children...
See more in the video above!