Zara Phillips and Toytown carry the Olympic flame at Cheltenham. © Getty Images
A female royal that is more famous for being a sportswoman than for being a royal is a rare thing. While most female descendants of the queen can be found doing various charity events, opening buildings, and generally showing off various varieties of hats and outfits on public occasions, Zara Phillips has inherited the Olympic gene. Following in the footsteps of her mother, Princess Anne, and her father, Captain Mark Phillips, she will be representing Great Britain in the 2012 London Olympics this year.
Despite being a royal she will be staying with the other athletes and using the same security, but why wouldn’t she? This is Zara’s day job so these are the arrangements – and who wouldn’t want to brush shoulders with the likes of Usain Bolt?!
This is one hard working royal – after her previous horse Toytown retired she had to find a new horse, train him and get him up to Olympic standard. On Toytown she won the Eventing World Title in 2006 but due to injury Toytown (and thus Zara) never made it to an Olympics. Her new horse, High Kingdom, however seems to be injury free and ready to compete. If she does achieve a medal position she won’t be the first royal to succeed in the Olympics, she will follow in the footsteps of Olav V of Norway who won Gold in the Sailing in 1928 and Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg who won Bronze as part of the Denmark Dressage team of 2008.
Never one to bask in the limelight, Zara Phillips has earned her place in the public eye and will have a great deal of support when she competes.
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