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Gatcombe Park

Gatcombe Park

Gatcombe Park

Princess Anne has lived at Gatcombe Park near Minchinhampton since 1973. Her daughter Zara also spends time on the estate.

Minchinhampton is one of the Cotswold's lesser-known gems. Partially surrounded by some of the most beautiful common land in England.

Cows and horses roam free, and wild flowers flourish on the undulating mounds of the common that tell tales of iron-age mysteries from long ago.

It is here that the Princess Royal and her then-husband, Captain Mark Phillips, chose to make their family home in 1973.

Wedding present

In fact the Queen bought Gatcombe Park for the Princess and her new husband as a wedding present.

Princess Anne

Princess Anne lives at Gatcombe Park

Gatcombe Park is surrounded by beautiful parkland and is within walking distance of Minchinhampton village centre.

Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips hold the annual Gatcombe Park Horse Trials on the estate in August.

The world-famous competition attracts the top eventing names and faithful followers from all over the world.

Family home

Princess Anne's marriage to Captain mark Phillips was dissolved in April 1992 and on 12 December the same year The Princess Royal married Commander Timothy Laurence.

The Princess has two children. The first, Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, was born on 15 November 1977 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington.

The Princess's second child was born on 15 May 1981, also at St Mary's Hospital. She was christened Zara Anne Elizabeth at a service conducted in the Chapel at Windsor Castle. Zara Phillips spends some of her time at Gatcombe Park.

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