Swimming Royalty Katie Ledecky Meets British Royalty During Princess Anne’s First U.S. Visit in 20 Years

Photo Courtesy: Scott Henrichsen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday night, distance freestyle queen Katie Ledecky met British royalty as Princess Anne made her first visit to the U.S. in 20 years.

Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, held a private reception for approximately 100 people at the British Embassy, which included British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott, and Ledecky was one of the chosen few to join the elite.

“It was such a pleasure and honor to be hosted by Ambassador and Lady Westmacott at the British Embassy in Washington, and to have the privilege to meet HRH Princess Royal (Princess Anne) and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, at the reception in their honor,” Ledecky said. “It was especially meaningful to me to speak with the Princess since she was an Olympian and is a British representative to the IOC, and to have the opportunity to thank her since she was so instrumental in bringing such a successful Olympic Games to London in 2012.”

Princess Anne was in town to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta as part of an exhibition at the Library of Congress.

Scott Henrichsen, via USA Swimming, has provided the following pictures of the meeting.