More than 500-million people throughout the world are expected to watch the marriage at Westminster Abbey in London between Princess Anne and her Finance, Captain Mark Phillips, next Wednesday (November 14th).
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CU Royal Standard DISSOLVE TO Princess Anne seated
CU Andrew Gardener interviews Princess Anne and Captain Phillips
INTERVIEWER: "You seem on the surface to be a very shy person, it's not every day one proposes to a Princess, did it require a lot of courage to propose?"
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: I'm not sure really. I mean I don't think the fact that the girl in question is a Princess really makes any difference at all. It's...I think if you get married to somebody it's a very personal thing and the two of you just feel it, and it's absolutely natural."
PRINCESS ANNE: "I think you've got to be brave to propose to anybody, haven't you?"
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: "Yes, But I...."
PRINCESS ANNE: "I mean it...perhaps it becomes relatively more important but I rather hoped that, I mean, every time he'd spoken to me or took me out he didn't actually think of me as a Princess."
INT: "Was it love at first sight, Captain Phillips?"
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: "Not at all. Because we...we first met in 1968 and really...."
PRINCESS ANNE: "And really we had to be told that we'd met in 1968 before we remembered."
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: "Really, I mean, still at the beginning of this year, I was a confirmed bachelor. I didn't want to get married for a least another five years."
INT: "Captain Phillips, your career in the Army is going to continue. but do you think your marriage is going to affect your career?"
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: "It hasn't so far, I mean. And as far as one can see in the future, it is not going to."
INT: "Do you think you will be able to go on as you have, then, competing as an international horseman?"
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: "I very much hope so. I think one is obviously going to be a little bit busier. I'm going to have to try and fit even more into a very hectic life than one has done in the past. But I mean, I very much hope to, yes."
INT: "And looking ahead, have you been offered a peerage?"
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: "No."
INT: "Would you accept one if you were offered one?"
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: "That's a hypothetical question and I am not...I don't want to talk about the subject."
INT: "There are certain advantages in continuing as Captain Mark Phillips."
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: "I am very happy as Captain Phillips."
INT: "Coming back to your experiences of the past months, the preparations for the wedding, the ideas that millions of people are going to watch you and the enormous interest in the wedding around the world, now what does that suggest to you?"
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: "Really...."
PRINCESS ANNE: "That's one of the things actually -- we've really been struck, you know, by people's generosity. I mean it doesn't matter -- we've had some marvellous presents. We've also had some presents from people we've no idea who they are. Just tiny little things. We got one toffee from a little girl. And, I mean, you know one is really touched by the generosity that people have felt towards us, and we can't actually thank them adequately, you know, in writing, because you can't tell them just how you feel, you know, about just the fact that they've though about one. And I think this is it; that so many people are thinking about one."
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: "But I think also, I think, the intense interest of the sort of press and television and the medias in the wedding, and the people from all over the world that would appear to be interested in the wedding, I think really reflects a little bit the state of the world at the moment; in that every day people pick up a paper and read about some disaster or some new scandal, and I think really people are really rather relieved to read about something that is genuinely happy and good."
INT: "Thank you both very much, and have a very happy day on Wednesday."
PRINCESS ANNE & CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: "Thank you."
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Background: More than 500-million people throughout the world are expected to watch the marriage at Westminster Abbey in London between Princess Anne and her Finance, Captain Mark Phillips, next Wednesday (November 14th). Global television links will carry the wedding to 16 countries, with commentaries in 40 languages.
Princess Anne, 23, and Captain Phillips, 25, were engaged last May, ending months of speculation about the future of Queen Elizabeth's only daughter. The couple first met at a party for the British equestrian team after the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, where Captain Phillips won a gold medal. Both have a keen interest in horsemanship and attend many competitions together.
After their honeymoon, Princess Anne and her husband will live in a five-bedroomed house in the grounds of the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, where Captain Phillips is an instructor.
SYNOPSIS: As the marriage of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips draws closer, the young couple have given their first television interview on their engagement and marriage.