You might be surprised to discover who was the busiest member of the Royal Family this year

Hint: It wasn't the Queen

By Alexia Dellner, 30 December 2016
You might be surprised to discover who was the busiest member of the Royal Family this year

When it comes to carrying out one's duties, new figures reveal that Princess Anne was the most active member of the royal family in 2016 with 179 days of engagements.

The numbers, compiled by the Press Association from official court circulars, show that Prince Charles came in second with 139 days, followed by Prince Edward with 118 and Prince Andrew with 112 days of royal duties.

The figures also reveal that despite celebrating his 95th birthday this year, Prince Philip was one of the busiest members of the royal family. The Duke of Edinburgh shows no signs of slowing down, having undertaken an impressive 110 days of royal engagements in 2016.

The Duke's grandchildren Prince William and Harry carried out 80 and 86 days of public duties respectively, while the Duchess of Cambridge had 63 days of official work. Of course, Duchess Kate is busy raising two adorable tots so it's not so surprising that she worked fewer days than some other members of the Royal Family! 

Meanwhile the Queen had slightly less engagements than her husband with a total of 80 days of appointments throughout the year. 

However, we could be seeing a lot more of the younger generation of royals in 2017. Buckingham Palace recently announced that Her Majesty will step down as Patron from a number of national organisations in the coming months after she turned 90 this April.

A statement from the palace said: "Her Majesty will continue to serve as Patron to hundreds of charities and institutions but will now share this work with her family." 

Prince Harry will be taking over as patron of the Rugby Football Union, while the Duchess of Cambridge will take up more formal duties as Patron of Wimbledon.