Princess Anne and her daughter Zara Tindall share a common passion for equestrianism. On a recent Friday, Princess Anne was present to show her support as Zara prepared for the Festival of British Eventing. Zara, dressed in full equestrian attire, rode her beloved horse, Classicals Euro Star, a nine-year-old grey gelding competing at the BE intermediate level. Zara and the horse have been training together frequently, and their recent outing at Aston-le-Walls on 21 July resulted in a 10th-place finish.
Zara is undoubtedly receiving support from her husband, Mike Tindall, and their three children, Mia, Lena, and Lucas. However, one proud family member who also offered her backing was Princess Anne. Before the events commenced, Princess Anne and her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, were seen talking to Zara. Princess Anne dressed smartly for the rainy day, wearing an orange and black overcoat, tan trousers, and smart brown boots. She even wore a rider's helmet while carrying a bucket of horse feed. Sir Timothy looked equally dashing, donning a brown waistcoat over a shirt and walking in wellington boots with a large stick to navigate the terrain.
Anne and Zara were captured engaged in a serious conversation, but they also shared a lighthearted moment together, with the 72-year-old smiling while walking alongside her daughter through the grassy fields.
Despite several royals being on their summer breaks, it seems that Anne has not started hers yet. On Thursday, she met with performers who were getting ready for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The royal received a guided tour from Lord Provost Robert Aldridge and greeted the participants with handshakes. She appeared perfectly put together for the occasion, wearing a tartan skirt, a navy-blue jumper, and complementing her outfit with red sunglasses.
The Festival of British Eventing holds significant sentimental value for Anne, as it occurs on her Gatcombe Park estate, which is also the residence of her daughter Zara, Zara's husband, and their three children.
In an interview with ITV West Country, Zara was asked about her experience competing on her home turf, to which she responded that it actually makes her more nervous. Despite being familiar with the course, she expressed concerns about potentially “going the wrong way.” This elicited a chuckle from her brother Peter Phillips, while their father, Mark Phillips, reassured her that feeling nervous is normal and beneficial.
However, the 42-year-old also shared her enthusiasm for participating in the prestigious event, highlighting that it offers a fantastic day out with plenty to see. Zara described the venue as a unique place to ride around, and she believes it always leads to an excellent competition.