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Prince Andrew set to replace unwell Anne on Africa trip

Princess Anne was recently treated at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for a chest infection. Credit: PA Wire

Prince Andrew will replace Princess Anne on a forthcoming royal visit to southern Africa as she continues to recover from a chest infection.

The 66-year-old's illness was announced last week as her diary of immediate engagements was cleared on doctor's orders to allow her to recuperate at home.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed she will now miss the trip to Botswana and Mozambique at the end of the month.

The Princess Royal is still recovering from a bad chest infection. HRH's working programme for next week has therefore been scaled back, with a number of engagements cancelled.

As a precaution, on the advice of doctors, the Princess will not undertake the planned visit to Botswana and Mozambique at the end of the month. HRH The Duke of York will now undertake this visit.

– Buckingham Palace spokesperson

St Andrews announce first ever female members

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews have named their first ever female members.

Princess Anne and six top female players are the now on the membership list after a 260-year history of only admitting men.

More than three quarters of the club's 2,400 members took part in a ballot, with 85 per cent voting to allow women members.

Princess Anne is now a member. Credit: PA

The club said in a statement on its website: "The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Dame Laura Davies, Renee Powell, Belle Robertson MBE, Lally Segard, Annika Sorenstam and Louise Suggs have accepted invitations to become honorary members of the club."

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