Princess Anne's husband makes crowd laugh with joke

‘It’s like asking Mrs Kane to captain England’: Princess Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence leaves crowd in stitches with football joke as he steps in for his wife at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

  • Sir Timothy Laurence, 67, made joke during the Founder’s Day Parade yesterday
  • Princess Anne’s husband gave a speech in London in the royal’s absence 
  • Said: ‘Asking me to stand in is like asking Mrs Harry Kane to lead England team’
  • Joked that he supports Tottenham and quipped it’s ‘dangerous’ to say in Chelsea

Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence left a crowd in stitches yesterday after he compared standing in for his wife Princess Anne to ‘Mrs Harry Kane leading the England football team out’.

The 67-year-old attended the Founder’s Day Parade at Royal Hospital Chelsea yesterday while the Princess Royal carried out two other engagements – a reception at Kensington Palace for Save The Children in the afternoon and a Royal Society Club Dinner in the evening. 

In a rare public speech, he made a series of jokes, saying: ‘Asking me to stand in for my wife at an event like this is a bit like asking Mrs Harry Kane to lead the England football team out.

‘Or, possibly, to take a penalty for England as her husband did the night before last.’ 

Sir Tim Laurence left a crowd in stitches yesterday after he compared standing in for his wife Princess Anne to ‘Mrs Harry Kane leading the England football team out’ 

The 67-year-old, pictured with his wife at Trooping the Colour, made a series of jokes as he made the rare public speech

The royal continued: ‘I don’t know Mrs Kane, and for all I know she may well have a very strong right foot, but in any case I’m sure she’d do her best, and so will I.’ 

He then admitted that he is a fan of Tottenham Hotspur and added: ‘I know that’s a rather dangerous thing to say down here in Chelsea, so I may need an escort when I’m leaving.’

Sir Tim’s words left royal watchers online and attendees at the event in stitches.

Royal expert, Victoria Arbiter, tweeted: ‘A dry and very witty open from Mr Princess Anne AKA Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence… What a great sense of humour he has.’

Sir Timothy’s words left royal watchers online and attendees at the event in stitches

And others were equally amused by him, writing: ‘He seems so nice, very funny’ and another penned: ‘so cute.’

A separate Twitter user said: ‘This is what we need!!! More air time for the other members of the RF. They’re genuine, funny & sincere in their love of supporting HMTQ whilst highlighting brilliant charities that otherwise might not get traction. Well done Mr Royal, you did her proud!’

And a third very impressed commenter said: ‘How absolutely adorable and humourous.’ 

The annual Founder’s Day marks the founding of the Royal Hospital by King Charles II in 1681. 

The famous London hospital is home to 300 military veterans who have served their country in some of the most dangerous conflicts in the world.

It is usually watched by hundreds lining the streets. The event has taken place almost every year since the Royal Hospital opened in 1692. 

It is regularly attended by members of the Royal Family- one person usually goes to the ceremony every year.

Founder’s Day is an event attended by all of the Chelsea Pensioners and a highlight of its calendar, it celebrates the founding of the Royal Hospital by King Charles II and is regularly attended by members of the Royal Family- one person usually goes to the ceremony every year. This year it was Sir Timothy who is pictured here speaking to the Chelsea Pensioners 

General attendance of the day, also called Oak Apple Day, is not possible and strictly by invitation only. Pictured is Sir Timothy Laurence speaking to members of the Chelsea Pensioners 

The day is also known as Oak Apple Day because it commemorates the escape of the future King Charles II after the Battle of Worcester in 1651, when he hid in an oak to avoid capture by the Parliamentary forces.

Chelsea Pensioners wear oak leaves on their scarlet uniforms to commemorate him, and the statue of Charles II in the centre of figure court is also draped with the same decoration for the occasion.

Sir Tim is known to be a supportive husband to Anne, travelling with her to royal duties. 

Recently, the 67-year-old went to Australia and Papua New Guinea with her.

His devotion to her work was rewarded by the Queen because he was allowed to stand on the Platinum Jubilee balcony with his wife and the rest of the royal family even though he is not a working member.

Chelsea Pensioners, here saluting Sir Timothy, wear oak leaves on their scarlet uniforms to commemorate him and the statue of Charles II in the centre of figure court is also draped with the same decoration for the occasion

Every year the visitors book is prepared with the Royal Coat of Arms ready for the member of the Royal Family attending to sign as the Chelsea Pensioners celebrate the day

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