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Younger royals catching up with official engagements

The Princess Royal, Prince of Wales, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex remain the busiest.

Members of the royal family watch the annual Trooping the Colour parade
Members of the royal family watch the annual Trooping the Colour parade PA

Princes William and Harry have begun to clock up significant hours of official engagements but the Queen's children are still the busiest.

Traditionally the second generation of the family - the Princess Royal, Prince of Wales, Duke of York and Earl of Wessex - top the table of days worked.

But an analysis of the daily Court Circular shows the younger royals, with their growing charity interests, are closing the gap with their older counterparts.

The Duke of Cambridge clocked up 85 days in the public eye this year, putting him just eight days behind Prince Edward's 93 days.

Prince Harry finished the year slightly behind his older brother on 77 days - the same number as the Duchess of Cornwall.

Both William and Harry ended 2017 ahead of their grandmother the Queen, who carried out 72 days of engagements.

The younger royals spent several months promoting their Heads Together campaign
The younger royals spent several months promoting their Heads Together campaign PA

William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Harry spent the first four months of the year promoting their Heads Together mental health campaign, then later Harry travelled to Canada for his Invictus Games.

The duke was also working as an air ambulance helicopter pilot until stepping down in the summer.

Kate worked on her programmes involving maternal and children's mental health, although her official duties have been curtailed by pregnancy.

Meanwhile, the Duke of Edinburgh, now 96, announced his retirement from public events this year, carrying out his last official solo public engagement in August.

The Duke of Edinburgh has retired from public events but remains in view
The Duke of Edinburgh has retired from public events but remains in view PA
  • Which royal carried out the most public engagements in 2017?

The Princess Royal regularly tops the list of days worked and she came out top again this year with 172 days of public engagements, ahead of Prince Charles with 138 days.

  • Princess Royal - 172 days
  • Prince of Wales - 138 days
  • Duke of York - 110 days
  • Earl of Wessex - 93 days
  • Duke of Cambridge - 85 days
  • Prince Harry - 77 days
  • Duchess of Cornwall - 77 days
  • The Queen - 72 days
  • Duke of Edinburgh - 57 days
  • Duchess of Cambridge - 49 days

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