Incredible but true, Princess Anne, now 70 years old, participated in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada. A real challenge for the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, who has never hidden her passion for horseback riding.
The aficionados of the Crown know it, Princess Anne is an outstanding rider. The daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, who began participating in equestrian competitions at the age of 11, took on a major challenge in 1976, making history. At the age of 26, Princess Anne competed in the Montreal Olympics on the Queen’s horse, Goodwill. At the time, she became the first member of the British royal family to participate in the Olympics. As our colleagues from The Mirror recall, several members of the Crown had travelled to support Princess Anne, who unfortunately returned to the United Kingdom empty-handed.
During the Olympic Games, Princess Anne was the only athlete who did not have to undergo a test of femininity, imposed on other athletes. Over the years, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip has made a real name for herself in the equestrian world. She was European champion in individual eventing in 1971 and silver medallist in individual and team competition four years later. Although she has now hung up her riding boots, Zara Phillips’ mother was appointed member of the International Olympic Committee and became the president of the British Olympic Association.
A passion passed on to her daughter
Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Phillips, has been competing in horse shows since she was a child, following in her mother’s footsteps. Two years ago, while competing at the Burghley Horse Trials in Lincolnshire, England, Mike Tindall’s wife suffered a bad fall, despite her great experience. Fortunately, more fear than harm for the granddaughter of the Queen, who is passionate about this sport for several decades.
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