Princess becomes warden of her brother's hated Gordonstoun

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THE Princess Royal has taken up a post at Gordonstoun - the school her brother, the Prince of Wales, famously hated, it was announced yesterday.

Princess Anne has accepted an invitation to become the warden of Gordonstoun, where her three brothers, Charles, Andrew and Edward, as well as her father, the Duke of Edinburgh, and her own children, were educated.

Charles was a pupil during the 1960s and was said to be deeply unhappy. He described the Speyside school on more than one occasion as "pure hell". Neither of his sons attended Gordonstoun, which costs 15,000 a year, but both of Anne’s children, Peter and Zara Phillips, were educated there.

The Princess Royal is currently the patron of the school’s fundraising campaign and, as warden, will be responsible for upholding Gordonstoun’s philosophy and traditions. Not only will the princess act as an ambassador for the school, she will also "provide wise counsel" to those who govern and lead it. Mark Pyper, Gordonstoun’s principal, said: "We are all delighted. The Princess Royal has been a tower of strength and an unswerving supporter of the school for 12 years. It is excellent that she is to continue to be closely connected with Gordonstoun."