Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, was announced to Corps members as the current Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Australian Corps of Transport on the 17th of March 2011 at the 2011 Corps Conference. The Princess Royal, the second child and only daughter of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, was born at Clarence House, London, on 15 August 1950, when her mother was Princess Elizabeth, heir presumptive to the throne. She was baptised Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise at Buckingham Palace on 21 October 1950.
She received the title Princess Royal from The Queen in June 1987; she was previously known as Princess Anne. Her Royal Highness is the seventh holder of the title.
In 1974 The Princess was appointed a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO).
In 1994 The Queen appointed Her Royal Highness a Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.
In 2000, to mark her 50th birthday, The Princess Royal was appointed to the Order of the Thistle, in recognition of her extensive charity work in Scotland. She was invested in the Order at a ceremony at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh in June 2001.
Honorary military appointments
The Princess Royal holds the following Colonel-in-Chief appointments:
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Australian Corps of Transport.
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Grey and Simcoe Foresters
- Colonel-in-Chief of the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's)
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Communications and Electronics Branch
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces Medical Service
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Regina Rifles
- Colonel-in-Chief of Royal Newfoundland Regiment
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal New Zealand Army Nursing Corps
- Colonel-in-Chief of the King's Royal Hussars
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Corps of Signals
- Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Logistic Corps
- Colonel-in-Chief the Royal Army Veterinary Corps