Who is Princess Anne’s husband Sir Timothy Laurence?

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence attends a Christmas lunch for members of the Royal Family hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on December 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

SIR TIMOTHY LAURENCE and Princess Anne have been married for three decades.

Here’s all we know about the Princess Royal‘s second husband.

Sir Timothy Laurence used to serve in the army

Who is Princess Anne’s husband Sir Timothy Laurence? 

Sir Timothy Laurence is the second husband of Princess Anne.

He is a retired Royal Navy officer who was equerry to the late Queen.

Sir Timothy was born in Camberwell and attended the New Beacon Prep Sevenoaks School in Kent before going to the University of Durham on a naval scholarship.

He received a Bachelor of Science upper 2nd class honours degree in geography.

He also edited the student newspaper and was captain of the college cricket team.

After leaving Durham, he trained at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth before embarking on a nearly 40-year career in the Navy.

He retired from the Navy in 2010 and is the Chairman of the English Heritage Trust.

Sir Timothy was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2011.

When did Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence get married?

Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence met in 1987 when he was serving as an equerry to Queen Elizabeth II.

Princess Anne was still married to her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips at the time.

However, they got officially divorced in 1992.

That year, Princess Anne and Sir Timothy married in a private service in front of just 30 guests at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral on December 12, 1992. 

At the time the Church of England did not allow divorced people to re-marry in its churches while their former spouse was still alive.

The couple maintains a London residence at St James’s Palace but spends most of their time at Gatcombe Park, a 730-acre Grade II-listed estate in Gloucestershire.

How many children does Princess Anne have?

Princess Anne has two adult children with her first husband Captain Mark Phillips.

Her first child Peter Phillips is a businessman, while her daughter Zara Tindall, née Phillips, is an equestrian and Olympian.

Zara married former England rugby player Mike Tindall in 2011.

They have three children together, daughters Mia and Lena, and son Lucas.

Meanwhile, Peter is in a relationship with Lindsay Wallace.

He has two children from his previous marriage with Autumn Kelly – Savannah and Isla.

When was Sir Timothy Laurence equerry to the Queen?

Sir Timothy was equerry to the Queen between 1986 and 1989.

The role is appointed by working members of The Firm and involves working closely with the Royal family and attending personal engagements.

The Queen’s last equerry before her passing on September 8, was Major Tom White, a Royal Marines commando who was appointed in 2020.

As King Charles III ascended to the British throne, Major Johnny Thompson has become his equerry.