Princess Anne has once again been crowned

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Princess Anne has once again been crowned the busiest royal after carrying out a staggering 640 engagements this year, putting the younger generations to shame.

The Princess Royal, who regularly undertakes more than 500 engagements a year, carried out more engagements than Prince William, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge COMBINED.

Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry carried out 485 duties
Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry carried out 485 duties

Being forced to take a week off due to a bad chest infection in September did nothing to dent her reputation as the hardest working royal compared to younger generations.

The 66-year-old topped the list as the hardest working royal for the second year running, thrashing William, Kate and Harry despite them flying out for a number of overseas trips this year.

The trio, who all reside at Kensington Palace when the Duke and Duchess are not at Anmer Hall, Norfolk, carried out 485 duties but were outperformed by their older relatives who carried out the bulk of the Royal Family’s 4,712 duties.

Princess Anne carried out more royal engagements than Prince William and Harry combined
Princess Anne carried out more royal engagements than Prince William and Harry combined

Prince Charles carried out 469 engagements, Prince Edward 429 and Prince Andrew carried out 348 royal duties.

Not to be outdone, 90-year-old Queen Elizabeth also undertook one of her busiest years and actually increased her workload, carrying out a huge 385 engagements compared to 337 last year.

This year saw the Queen celebrate her 90th birthday with a series of events across the country.

Her husband the Duke of Edinburgh also carried out more engagements than his grandsons.

95-year-old Prince Philip undertook 336 engagements this year compared to 217 last year.

Despite increasing his workload Prince William, 34, is still a way behind his grandparents.

The father-of-two carried out 204 engagements including major tours in Canada and India, compared to 122 engagements last year.

Prince Harry, 32, also upped his game and carried out 166 engagements compared to last year’s 108.

The fith-in-line to the throne has travelled across the world this year on behalf of the Queen with a 15-day tour of the Caribbean and Prince Harry continued to raise awareness for HIV in a visit to South Africa.

Princess Anne carried out at least 640 engagements in 2016
Princess Anne carried out at least 640 engagements in 2016

He also launched the Sydney Invictus Games with the help of Kylie Minogue.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who returned from maternity leave after having Princess Charlotte, increased her royal duties with 115 engagements, with a focus on removing the stigma surrounding mental health.

2016 was a big year for the Cambridges with Prince George and Princess Charlotte stealing the show when they travelled to Canada with their parents.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express co uk: “The increase in the number of the engagements carried out by the Queen is extraordinary.

“She and the Duke of Edinburgh, at 90 and 95 respectively, are unique in over 1,000 years of monarchy and their dedication to duty and commitment continues as it has in previous years. So does their robust health which permits them to undertake so many duties.

“Many of us live longer now and they are wonderful examples to others of advanced age of how to remain active late in life.

“They have actually both increased the number of their royal duties though the Queen avoids long haul travel.

“The increase in William’s engagements is to be expected. It should be remembered that he is juggling his job as an East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot, his charity work in which he is so active including Heads Together and United for Wildlife and raising a family.

“He was always going to increase the number of royal duties he undertook.”

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex carried out more than 600 engagements between them this year.

Not to be outdone, the Queen’s cousins also played their part with the Duke of Kent and Duchess of Gloucester a outperforming the younger royals.

The Duke of Kent performed 225 engagements and the Duchess of Gloucester 226.

The figures are taken from the Court Circular recording royal engagements between January 1 and December 15, 2016.

However the Court Circular does not account for the number of hours each member of the Royal Family spends at an engagement.

Some may carry out three visits on an hour while another could spend four hours on one engagement.

Between December 15 and January 1, the royals are expected to carry out a further 15 engagements, with Prince Charles the busiest over Christmas with eight planned visits.