Happy birthday, Princess Royal! The Queen leads tributes to her daughter Anne on her 72nd birthday

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The Queen has paid tribute to her daughter Princess Anne, who is celebrating her 72nd birthday today.

Her Majesty, 96, sent her public greetings to the Princess Royal via social media, with a post on Instagram Stories.

The post featured an image of Anne taken earlier this year when she hosted The Not Forgotten Association Garden Party in May.

It was accompanied by a simple caption that read, “Happy Birthday to the Princess Royal today!”

Her Majesty wasn’t the only royal to greet Princess Anne as she celebrates her birthday.

The Queen led the birthday wishes for her daughter Princess Anne, who turns 72 today, with a message on Instagram Stories (pictured)

The Queen led the birthday wishes for her daughter Princess Anne, who turns 72 today, with a message on Instagram Stories (pictured)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also sent a birthday greeting to Princess Anne via Instagram Stories (pictured)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also sent a birthday greeting to Princess Anne via Instagram Stories (pictured)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also sent a birthday greeting to Princess Anne via Instagram Stories (pictured)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 40, also shared a message via their own Instagram account.

Their Instagram Stories post featured an image of Anne beaming, which appeared to have been taken in June of this year as they royally attended the Cazoo Derby Festival in Surrey.

She captioned it: ‘Happy birthday to the Princess Royal today!’

Meanwhile, her brother Prince Charles, 73, and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, 75, also sent well wishes through their Clarence House, reposting the Queen’s message to Princess Anne, adding: ‘Congratulations to the Princess Royal. ‘

Royal Watchers also wished the princess a happy birthday, and many took to Twitter to send their greetings.

Princess Anne's brother Prince Charles, 73, and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, 75, also messaged the royal via Instagram Stories

Princess Anne's brother Prince Charles, 73, and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, 75, also messaged the royal via Instagram Stories

Princess Anne’s brother Prince Charles, 73, and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, 75, also messaged the royal via Instagram Stories

One fan wrote: ‘Happy Birthday to Princess Anne.’

Another added: ‘The worst of them all.’

And a third said: ‘I wish the wonderful, dutiful Princess Royal a very happy and healthy birthday… I hope she has a wonderful day and a wonderful New Year.’

The princess, who was born in Clarence House on August 15, 1950, is the mother of silver medal-winning Olympic rider Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, who runs a sports management company.

Anne was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 by Zambia’s President Kenneth Kaunda for her work as president of the charity Save The Children.

Princess Anne, pictured here with other senior royals on June 2 during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, is considered the hardest-working royal (photo L-R: The Duke of Gloucester, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence , the Princess Royal, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor and the Earl of Wessex)

Princess Anne, pictured here with other senior royals on June 2 during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, is considered the hardest-working royal (photo L-R: The Duke of Gloucester, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence , the Princess Royal, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor and the Earl of Wessex)

Princess Anne, pictured here with other senior royals on June 2 during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, is considered the hardest-working royal (photo L-R: The Duke of Gloucester, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence , the Princess Royal, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor and the Earl of Wessex)

In 2002, Anne became the first senior member of the royal family to be convicted of a criminal offence.

She pleaded guilty to the East Berkshire Magistrates’ Court in Slough on charges under the Dangerous Dogs Act after her English bull terrier Dotty bit two children in Windsor Great Park. She was fined £500.

An experienced rider, Anne won the individual championship at Burghley in 1971 and was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Benefactors took to Twitter to wish the royal family a happy birthday, with one even calling the royal 'the worst of them all'

Benefactors took to Twitter to wish the royal family a happy birthday, with one even calling the royal 'the worst of them all'

Benefactors took to Twitter to wish the royal family a happy birthday, with one even calling the royal ‘the worst of them all’

She won a place at the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a three-day eventer on the British equestrian team.

In 1987, Anne was honored by the Queen with the senior title of Princess Royal, traditionally, but not automatically, given to their eldest daughter by the monarch.

Anne has been married twice. She married Capt Phillips in 1973, they divorced in 1989 and divorced in 1992.

In 1992, she married Tim Laurence, a former equerry to the Queen, who became Vice Admiral. Later this year they have been married for 27 years.

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