Princess Anne convicted of criminal offence

Princess Anne has become the first Royal in modern times to be charged and convicted of a criminal offence.

The Royal Family has suffered another embarrassment. This time in the courts.

Princess Anne has become the first member of the Royal Family in modern times to be charged and convicted of a criminal offence.

The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth pleaded guilty on Thursday to allowing her bull terrier to run loose and attack two children.

The 52-year-old Princess Royal was fined the equivalent of $1,240 and ordered to pay half that amount in compensation for violating the Dangerous Dogs Act.

The judge did spare the life of the dog, Dotty, ordering the animal to undergo training.

The children's family called the decision "neither moral nor just."

"We do not think justice has been done," they said in a statement. "The dog is still free and is a danger to society."

Court orders forbid the identification of the family.