Originally Posted by Leopoldine
The fact that she smiles and talks to people in a friendly manner is hardly a reason to assign her multiple motorcycles and phalanxes of bodyguards. I think you're having me on.
Have you seen Princess Anne arrive for an official event. I have and I can say there were no "phalanxes of bodyguards" nor "multiple motorcycles". I think she may have had one police car accompany her (though I think that was from one part of the local area to another) and there was one or two bodyguards with her (well I assume they were bodyguards).
Here is an example of Anne arriving at an official event, I see at most 2-3 bodyguards and one police motorbike.
I believe she is quite pragmatic about security, I think she once said Zara even as a high profile sportswoman didn't need it as she didn't do public duties that were notified in advance. I think its only right she is protected in some way when undertaking "official" and "public" duties. Security for her and the Queen's other siblings has been scaled back over time as the threat against them diminishes and I would be surprised if Anne has around the clock protection in the way the Queen, Charles and the Cambridges do and I doubt she has bodyguards with her when she and Tim go off sailing for weeks in Scotland.
Edit - here is Anne saying just that at the 5.13 mark.