Princess Anne reveals her unlikely lifelong obsession – which began when she was just five

PRINCESS Anne has confessed that the love and obsession of her real life is for LIGHTHOES.

The Princess Royal gushed over her unlikely fascination, describing her as “an enduring symbol of human tenacity, resourcefulness and altruism”.

The princess has a hobby for lighthouses and admires their ingenuity

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The princess has a hobby for lighthouses and admires their ingenuityPhoto credit: Getty
Princess Anne is featured at some of Ireland's oldest lighthouses in 2019

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Princess Anne is featured at some of Ireland’s oldest lighthouses in 2019Credit: PA:Press Association
The Princess Royal has been obsessed with lighthouses since she was five

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The Princess Royal has been obsessed with lighthouses since she was fivePhoto credit: Getty

She says lighthouses are man’s achievement “in the face of the inexorable might and destructive force of nature.”

And describes lighthouses as “built by men of courage and vision” who “have become symbols of our determination to coexist with nature”, adding: “They still evoke feelings of safety and reliability”.

The Princess Royal has been oddly obsessed with lighthouses since she was five.

Her odd hobby called “pharology” even made an appearance in season five of The Crown, when she took the Queen to a lighthouse in the first episode.

For many years it has been Anne’s goal to see all 208 lighthouses and main lights in Scotland. She is believed to be well past halftime now.

Anne usually spends three days off the west coast aboard the Northern Lighthouse Board’s ship Pharos to visit more lights.

Anne, who has been a patron of the NLB since 1993, began organizing lighthouse visits the following year.

She has also called an unknown number privately while traveling with her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

The couple have a £500,000 yacht ‘Ballochbuie’ which is based at Ardfern in Argyll – from where they can explore even more Scottish islands and lighthouses.

In a foreword to a new edition of Rock Lighthouses of Britain and Ireland by Christopher Nicholson, the Princess wrote: “Lighthouses are an enduring symbol of man’s tenacity, ingenuity and altruism in the face of the implacable might and destructive force of nature.

“Over the centuries, they have enabled many lives to be saved, becoming part of our history, folklore and technological achievements.

“From initial construction to modern automation, our lighthouses have been upgraded and modified to take advantage of advanced technology, but they still remain lighthouses in the dark.

“Built by brave and visionary men, they have become symbols of our determination to coexist with nature, and although they are no longer under the care of the lighthouse keeper, they still inspire a sense of safety and security.

“My connection to all UK lighthouse authorities stems from my own deep and long held interest in our lighthouses.

The accounts you will read in this book are a fascinating record of a bygone era, of dogged determination and human achievement, so it’s a book that grips me through and through.”

Princess Anne enjoys the Six Nations Championship France vs Scotland

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Princess Anne enjoys the Six Nations Championship France vs ScotlandPhoto credit: Reuters
Imelda Staunton dressed as the Queen as they filmed a lighthouse scene for The Crown off the coast of Scotland

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Imelda Staunton dressed as the Queen as they filmed a lighthouse scene for The Crown off the coast of ScotlandPhoto credit: Splash

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Emma James

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