PRINCESS ANNE celebrated her 72nd birthday on Monday, with many royals congratulating her on the big day.
However, it was in 1974 when she was returning from a charity event that the Princess Royal faced what must surely be the most terrifying moment of her life.
As she was travelling back to Buckingham Palace along the mall, the car she was in was shot at as another car blocked the way.
Ian Ball, who was driving the car blocking the Princess Royal’s car, got out and attempted to kidnap her.
Mr Ball shot the chauffeur Alex Callender and security officer James Beaton along with a press photographer Brian McConnell who attempted to intervene.
The Princess Royal was then confronted by Mr Ball who was planning to ask for a £2million ransom who told the royal to get out of the car.
He claimed that he wanted the money to donate it to the NHS.
However, in defiant fashion the Princess responded “not bloody likely.”
Talking about the horrifying ordeal in a documentary two years ago marking her 70th birthday, the Princess Royal said that she remembers each moment “like photographs”.
She told ITV’s Anne: The Princess Royal at 70 that she had vivid memories of the incident but wasn’t sure if she could recall events in the correct chronological order.
She said: “What is interesting is what you remember and how you remember it, because although I thought I remembered everything that happened I would never have been able to swear I could remember in the right order.
“Because they were like…