It’s not often members of the royal family welcome us so openly into their homes, but when they do it usually offers up a rare glimpse into life behind palace walls. From Kate Middleton’s impressive classic book collection to Queen Elizabeth’s adorable photos of George and Charlotte to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s modern decor—there is always something new to be learned from a quick look inside.
And now, Princess Anne, and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, have shared a photo taken inside their home. The Royal Family’s official account shared a sweet photo of the couple watching a rugby match in their living room—you know, just normal commoner things.
“As @scotlandteam Patron, The Princess Royal often supports the team from the stands,” the royal family’s official Instagram account wrote. “Her Royal Highness and Vice Admiral Sir Tim cheered Scotland on from home today as they played England for the Calcutta Cup, 150 years since their first match🏆 Well played, Scotland! 🏴.”
The Princess Royal’s Gatcombe Park residence, as it seems, is as cosy and lived-in as our own. From the photograph, we learn the warm space is filled with books, figurines, and sweet images of family, combined alongside orange, floral printed couches with dark wooden furniture. A shot from daughter Zara Tindall’s christening sits centre stage on the top of a bookshelf beside a childhood photo of both her children, Zara and Peter Phillips.
Basically, the scene is not the grandeur one would expect from the daughter of Her Majesty.
Much like fellow members of the royal family, Princess Anne has been conducting engagements via Zoom in recent months, which has meant we have been given unprecedented looks inside the palace walls.
Recently, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall shared a photo inside her home office at Birkhall in Scotland, giving glimpses of her personal life, from the dog ball thrower leaned against the wall to the paper cutouts of the royal family she has displayed on her bookcase.
“Today, a great number of new NHS Volunteer Responders will take up their duties in support of the NHS during the Coronavirus pandemic,” read the caption. “Over 750,000 people signed up to the scheme in just four days after it was launched – three times the original target.”