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Princess Anne subtly channelled the Beefeater look on a royal visit to the Tower of London this week.

The hardworking Princess Royal made sure she was colour co-ordinated with her mother's guards as she visited a wildflower display planted to honour the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The 71-year-old wore a bright red dress under a navy blazer to tour Superbloom. More than 20 million seeds have been planted to create a new habitat for wildlife in the moat of the Tower where the Crown Jewels are kept.

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And the button through dress with large collar, perfectly complicated the red uniform of the Beefeater guide on the tour.

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The Princess, who often wears military dress to royal occasions, teamed the wide-skirted, open neck dress with pearls and dark low-heeled courts.

It seems like the many male members of the party, including her husband Timothy Laurence, also got the memo because they wore dark suits with ties despite touring the naturalistic landscape during the height of summer. Some even wore red ties.

The only time the colour co-ordinated visit ended when she met some of the Superbloom volunteers and staff who worked on the display. They wore dressed in green tabards.

Henry VII's personal royal guards were the first 'Beefeaters' but it was Henry VIII who decided that some of them would live in and guard the Tower and it's prisoners permanently.

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These ‘Yeoman Warders’ were eventually granted the right to wear the red uniform, which today is known as the state dress uniform and is worn on state occasions such as the monarch’s birthday. The more durable everyday dark blue ‘undress’ uniform was introduced in the 19th century.

  Princess Anne channels the Beefeater look for Tower of London visit © Getty Images

There are now over 30 permanent Beefeaters who live in and are responsible for guarding the Crown Jewels and giving guided tours of the Tower.

To join their ranks you mist have served at least 22 years in the British or Commonwealth armed forces and be a former warrant officer with both the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

In return you can earn up to £30,000 in salary and expenses and live in a two bedroom flat within the royal fortress. This compares to the original beefeaters who earned their name because they could eat as much meat as they wanted from the King's table.

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As well as guarding the Queen's jewels, the soldiers have another important job that would earn the respect of the Princess Royal, looking after a small flock of VIP birds.

King Charles II ordered that at least six ravens be kept at the Tower and legend has it that "if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it".

At least then the hardest working royal would get a break. Many royal fans commented on how she keeps working when many of the royals have taken the summer off. This week alone she he has been to the Isle of Wight and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham as she carries on with her busy schedule which saw her work 170 days last year despite being well beyond her official state pension retirement age.

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