Hardworking royal

The most hard-working member of the royal family in 2017 has been revealed

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    Being a royal is a full time job with royal engagements, public appearances and charity work filling up the calendar.

    Four-year-old Prince George and two-year-old Princess Charlotte went on their first official tour this year, accompanying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Germany and Poland for five days, but unsurprisingly it was more play than work, although Princess Charlotte did delight us all with her first curtsy.

    So which royal family member has worked the most this year?

    Press Association compiled some figures from the Court Circular, counting up the amount of official days worked by each of the royals – obviously leaving the two tiny tots out – and the results were pretty surprising.

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    According to the new figures, Princess Anne is the hardest working royal, with the 67-year-old princess working 114 days so far in 2017, double the working days of some of her relatives.

    Next came Prince Charles, who came first in 2016, working 93 days this year, followed by Prince Andrew at 71 days and Prince Edward who has worked 55 days this year.

    Despite retiring last month, Prince Philip has clocked up 52 days of work, with the Duchess of Cornwall coming in at 51, and the Queen at 50 working days.

    The younger generation of royals have clocked up considerably less working days than their seniors, with both Prince William and Prince Harry working 46 days and Kate Middleton working 39.

    It could be too soon to count however with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s roles set to change and become a lot more official now that they have relocated from Norfolk to London.

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    There’s no doubt that there is a generation split in the figures with the youngest royals emerging as those who work the fewest days. But this is said to be expected with royal family members increasing their responsibility and workload gradually through the years.

    Speaking about his workload in an interview with the BBC last year, Prince William told royal correspondent Nicholas Witchtell: ‘I am concentrating very much on my role as a father.’

    ‘I am a new father and I take my duty and my responsibility to my family very seriously. I want to bring my children up as good people, with the idea that service and duty to others is very important, but if I can’t give my time to my children as well then I worry about their future.’

    He continued: ‘I find the air ambulance role very important to me − it’s serving the community, working alongside extremely good professionals in the medical profession. And then there’s my royal responsibilities that I still keep doing, and when the Queen decides she is going to hand down more responsibilities, I will be the first person to accept them.’

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