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Royal Family Work Schedule Last Year: Who Worked More Hours?

Updated on April 4, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks is an online writer who writes about the royal family.

The average employee works many more days than the members of the British royal family. Most employees work at least 40 hours each week, not including overtime. They take time off for vacation and when they are sick. Other than those times, they report to work.

The British royal family's work schedule is so much different. They do not work full days. It is counted as a day of work whenever they make an official public appearance even if it is for only a couple of hours or less.

Some days, they have several royal engagements in one day and some assignments last longer than others. For example, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were on their 16-day tour to four countries, they had a total of 76 appearances while in Australia, Tonga, Fiji, and New Zealand. Sometimes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had up to four engagements in one day.

So, which royal worked the most days in 2018? You will be surprised to know the royal who did.

Court Circular

The Court Circular (CC) is the official record that lists the engagements of all the members of the British royal family. The record has been issued by Buckingham Palace since 1803.

To let the public know about their appointments and time spent on royal engagements, the itinerary of the royals is printed in The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Scotsman newspapers.

Princess Anne
Princess Anne

According to the Court Circular, the person who worked the most days in 2018 is the same one who worked the most in 2017. The Sunday Telegraph reported that Princess Anne worked over 180 days in 2018. The 68-year-old royal is the second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Princess Anne is known for her charitable work. She conducts official duties with over 300 charities, organizations, and military facilities. She is quite involved in Carers Trust, a charity she launched in 1991 that provides support for those caring for disabled or chronically ill family members or friends.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

The chart below shows the number of days members of the royal family worked in 2018. Those who worked the most are listed first. It is one of the few lists that Queen Elizabeth is not at the top. The 92-year-old Queen of England is the fourth one on the list.

Following Princess Anne on the list is Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, who worked at least 170 days. He is the youngest of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's four children.

It is hard to believe that at the time of his birth, the Earl of Wessex was third in line to the British throne, and now he is tenth. The 54-year-old royal is a full-time working member of the family. He supports his mother in her official duties alongside his wife, the Countess of Wessex. After Prince Philip retired in 2017, Edward is the one who took over many of his father's duties.

Days the British Royal Family Members Worked in 2018

Number of Days Worked
Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
more than 180 days
Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, youngest son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
at least 170 days
Charles, Prince of Wales
over 160 days
Queen Elizabeth
120 days
Prince William
120 days
Prince Harry
120 days
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
50 days (She was on maternity leave part of the year)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
Became a royal on May 19, 2018

At the age of 70, Prince Charles is third on the list. He worked more than 160 days while on official duty.

This year, Queen Elizabeth was on official royal duty 120 days. That's because the monarch gave some of her engagements to the younger ones. One of her royal duties was to welcome President of the United States Donald Trump to the United Kingdom last July.

Prince William and Prince Harry worked an average of 120 days each. Kate Middleton was on maternity leave for several months after the birth of Prince Louis. However, she did manage to work at least 50 days during the year. That was only half of the number of days she worked in 2017.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex was added to the Court Circular for the first time in May after she married Prince Harry. Even though she was listed only half of the year, she did work a considerable number of days. For instance, she was on a 16-day tour last October with Prince Harry. She completed a number of engagements before then and after their return.

Number of Engagements

Royal Family Member
Local Assignments
Overseas Assignments
Princess Anne
Prince Charles
Queen Elizabeth
No Oversea Travel
Prince William
Prince Harry
Kate Middleton
On maternity leave after giving birth
Meghan Markle
51 - Became a royal on May 19, 2018

No More Engagements This Year

All of the members took a holiday last August. Therefore, the hours accumulated this year were over an eleven-month period.

With only a few more days left in 2018, the royal family is not expected to have any more official engagements until 2019. The Court Circular already has a partial list of some of next year's royal engagements.


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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      8 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Right, Jackie. Andrew the Duke of York married and divorced Sarah Ferguson, also known as Fergie. They are the parents of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      8 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh sure, how could I forget him, he married Fergie, right? So I guess it was really Edward I didn't actually know of.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      8 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Judy, the things you mentioned are not considered work for the royals. Only official engagements are considered work.

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      Judy M Stock 

      8 months ago

      What about all the time that is spent considering outfits, choosing new or repeat outfits, shoes, bag, gloves, accessories, having hair done? Is that all taken into account when calculating ''time worked''.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      8 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Tim, as you can see, their work schedule is nothing like ours. What a difference!

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      8 months ago from U.S.A.

      Interesting article, Margaret. I enjoyed reading about how much the royals worked and how work is defined for the royal family.

      I appreciated it.

      Great work.


    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      8 months ago from Richmond, VA

      According to Wikipedia, Elizabeth wed Prince Philip in November 1947, and they welcomed four children together: Princess Anne, Princes Charles, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      8 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Very interesting. So there is Edward, Charles and Anne. Who is the 3rd son? Didn't know there was a 3rd.


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