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Timothy Laurence
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Timothy Laurence

Rear Admiral Timothy Laurence was born on the 1st March 1955 in Camberwell, Surrey, the son of Guy Stewart Laurence and Barbara Alison Laurence, née Symons. The second husband of Anne, Princess Royal, he married her in December 1992 in a Church of Scotland ceremony at Balmoral; this was because she was a recent divorcée and they wanted a church wedding. He had previously served as a royal Equery, meeting Anne when her first marriage to Mark Phillips broke down. He is younger than her and received no peerage on their marriage.

Anne retained her country estate, Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, after her first divorce, but when they first married she and Timothy leased a flat in the new Dolphin Square complex in Westminster, as their London residence, but this experiment was later ended and they returned to using apartments in Buckingham Palace.

He was at the time of his marriage a Royal Navy Commander; as of 2004 he holds the rank of Rear Admiral.