Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, a cousin of Her Majesty The Queen, is to step down from public duties for an indefinite period of time it is reported today.
Princess Alexandra, who is 42nd in line to the throne, has been suffering from a particularly debilitating form of arthritis for the past few months and hasn’t been able to perform engagements since December. It was announced in April that the Princess was suffering from this illness.
The 76-year-old Princess has been suffering from what is known as polymyalgia rheumatica, a form of arthritis for which symptoms include: a high temperature (fever), extreme tiredness (fatigue), loss of appetite, weight loss and depression. The cause of polymyalgia rheumatica is unclear. However, it is thought that a combination of genetic and environmental factors is responsible.
Princess Alexandra is a granddaughter of King George V and has two brothers, the Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent. She was married to Sir Angus Ogilvy who died in 2004 at the age of 76.
Princess Alexandra resides in Richmond Park in south west London. She is said to be keen to return to work, yet her staff do not yet know when she will be able to in the future.
A spokesman said, ‘Her Royal Highness had a viral infection at the end of last year and was advised to rest. We do not know when she will next appear in public.’