Princess Anne is officially the hardest working royal, but her story rarely gets told.

As the only Windsor daughter, with a signature nonchalant approach and dry wit, Princess Anne’s dedication to royal duty is often unsung — though, she has long stood out as a fan favourite royal.

While The Crown arguably won a new generation of fans for the Queen’s only daughter (played in the Netflix series by Erin Doherty), the real life Princess Anne is just as sharp with her deadpan one-liners as she is on the popular show.

In 1974, Princess Anne was ambushed by an armed kidnapper as she travelled by car to Buckingham Palace.

Ian Ball planned to abduct the young princess and hold her for a £2 million ransom, blocking her car and pulling out a firearm. He shot Anne’s chauffeur and her bodyguard, Jim Beaton, as well as a nearby tabloid journalist who tried to intervene. 

However, when the gunman told the royal to get out of the car, the Princess replied: “Not bloody likely.”

Speaking of the incident on ITV’s documentary Anne: The Princess Royal at 70, the Queen’s daughter said: “One thing about horses and sport is you have to prepare for the unexpected and you’ve got to think through the problems that are likely to occur.”

“I suppose that was the discipline which to some extent coloured my thought processes.”