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Prince Charles and Prince William carried out the MOST royal engagements since start of lockdown

Future king Prince Charles is leading by example and has carried out the more duties since the start of lockdown than any other royal family member, research shows. 

Charles, 71, had 69 commitments including phone calls, video conferences and in-person engagements from March 23 until July 31, according to the analysis by online firm

He was followed in the rankings by his son Prince William with 65. Despite being 94 years old, the Queen also remains active and had 54 official duties. 

The figures are based on the responsibilities listed in the Court Circular, the official record of work carried out by the royal family. Both in-person and virtual engagements were included in the final totals, as well as phone calls and video meetings.

Princess Anne, who turns 70 next week, has spent most of the last four months at Gatcombe Park, her country estate in Gloucestershire. But she has clearly mastered working from home and has carried out 47 engagements in 41 days.  

In a show of their growing profile within the royal family following the departure of Prince Andrew and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward are the next most prolific royals, racking up 36 and 35 engagements, respectively. 

In seventh place is the Duchess of Cambridge, who is living at Anmer Hall, Norfolk, with Prince William and their children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two. 

However the Duchess has carried out engagements in the last week that could impact her standing in the royal family. 

Perhaps surprisingly, the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, comes in eighth place with 31 engagements, behind the Queen’s cousin the Duke of Gloucester.  

The Duke of Edinburgh also made the list, thanks to his single engagement at Windsor Castle last month. 

The Royal Family were able to honour their royal duties during lockdown thanks to phone calls and video conferences. 

In more recent weeks senior royals have returned to in-person engagements. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge yesterday paid a visit to Barry Island, in South Wales, where they played games at an amusement arcade made famous by sitcom Gavin and Stacey. 

The Queen and Prince Philip, who have been in isolation at Windsor Castle since the start of lockdown, this week travelled to Balmoral, in Aberdeenshire, to start their summer holiday. They are expected to remain in Scotland until early October. 

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