• Princess Anne was the Queen's only daughter
  • She has been married two times in her life
  • Learn more about her second husband Timothy here

Who is Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence?

He's a decorated and high-ranking figure in the Royal Navy and a trusted member of the Royal Family who is married to Princess Anne. Here's a look back at how he reached those accomplishments and became the husband of a royal.

Who is Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne's second husband?

Timothy Laurence, 66, was born in Camberwell, London, in 1955. Beginning in the 1970s, he served with the Royal Navy and impressively rose through the ranks of lieutenant to captain and all the way up to vice admiral in 2007.

A young Timothy Laurence, the second husband of Princess Anne.

1986 was the year that set Laurence on the path to marriage with Princess Anne. That year, he became an equerry to Queen Elizabeth II, filling the role for over three years. According to The New York Times, he'd first met the Princess Royal while serving on the Britannia in the early 1980s, but it was during his time as an equerry that he developed a relationship with Anne.

They married in 1992 shortly after she divorced her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. Laurence was 37 and a commander at the time of the marriage, while his bride was 42. The ceremony was at a small church near Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Timothy Laurence and Princess Anne on their wedding day in 1992.

Facts about Sir Timothy Laurence, the Vice Admiral

Here are five more facts to know about Sir Timothy Laurence:

  • Laurence's marriage to Princess Anne was his first
  • Timothy and Anne's relationship was revealed via letters stolen in 1989
  • He has no children, but he's a step-father to Anne's son and daughter 
  • Sir Timothy Laurence was knighted by the Queen in 2011
  • He splits time between Gatcombe Park, the Palace and St James's Palace

Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in December 2022. In 2021, they also gave fans a look inside the living room of their country home, Gatcombe Park.

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