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

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

NamesNumber 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 MemberLocal AssignmentsOverseas 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.


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on December 26, 2018:

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.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 25, 2018:

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

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on December 24, 2018:

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

Judy M Stock on December 24, 2018:

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''.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on December 24, 2018:

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

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on December 24, 2018:

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.


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on December 23, 2018:

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.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 23, 2018:

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