Princess Anne’s sweet nickname for King Charles revealed in unseen Coronation clip

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The Princess Royal seems to be enjoying herself as she accompanies her brother, the King, at last year's Braemar gathering

 

King Charles has shared a close bond with his sister Princess Anne from childhood, with the pair only having a 21-month age gap. Princess Anne revealed a sweet nickname that she has for her elder brother, King Charles III. The 73-year-old, who is often deemed the hardest-working royal, appeared in the new BBC documentary, ‘Charles III: The Coronation Year’. The documentary, which aired on Boxing Day, showcased the King’s past 12 months, focussing majorly on it being his Coronation year.

 

Princess Anne's sweet nickname for King Charles revealed in unseen Coronation clip

The monarch and Queen Camilla were crowned back in May with the King’s family, including his sister, by their side. In the sweet clip, which was shared on X, formerly Twitter, Anne can be seen going to surprise her brother as he prepared for his big day. As she walked into the room, she greeted him with a sweet nickname: “Old Bean”. The King appeared delighted by his sister’s visit, clearly showing the close bond between the siblings that is often documented.

 

Princess Anne's sweet nickname for King Charles revealed in unseen Coronation clip
The then-Prince Charles and Princess Anne as children in 1958

As the pair laughed, the monarch took his sister’s hand and kissed it. Anne can also be heard checking on him and asked how he was doing. In the clip, presumably taken on the morning fo the Coronation, Anne donned her Blues and Royals uniform. Speaking after the Coronation took place, Anne shared that she was happy to wear her uniform as it solved issues in deciding what to wear. In a rare interview for CBC news, Anne said: “I have a role as the Colonel of the Blues and Royals in the Household Cavalry regiment as Gold Stick.And Gold Stick was the original close protection officer.

 

Princess Anne's sweet nickname for King Charles revealed in unseen Coronation clip

“So that is a role I was asked if I’d like to do for this coronation, so I said yes. Not least of all, it solves my dress problem.” Speaking previously to Express.co.uk, Body language expert Judi James discussed how Princess Anne is Charles’s close confidante and how “grateful” he is to have her in his life. Discussing their bond, she said: “Like many sibling relationships this one has veered between devoted affection to, as Anne was quoted as saying by biographer Nicholas Courtney, fighting ‘like cats and dogs’.

“Fights between siblings are often about hierarchy and in their case the stronger sibling was always going to be lower in status than her brother, meaning some battles would be a given, but even as children there were body language signals of deep affection which, following the death of their parents and Charles’s coronation, seems to have emerged as a close friendship that Charles in particular seems to be grateful for.”

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