Princess Anne Looks Every Bit the Pro Equestrian in New Throwback Photo from the Palace

Princess Anne is getting back in the saddle.

The 69-year-old Princess Royal paid homage to her love of equestrianism and attended the National Coaching Convention at the Addington Equestrian Centre yesterday.

Lucky for us, @TheRoyalFamily Instagram account shared a slideshow from the event, including a pretty fantastic throwback photo of young Princess Anne and her horse.

Yep, that’s the young Princess Royal in the first snap. (She looks so much like Erin Doherty, who plays her in The Crown). In the following two photos, Princess Anne can be seen meeting with staff and members of the Addington Equestrian Centre and checking out some of the beautiful horses who train there. In the last pic, we get a great look at the princess’s gold horse pin, which was rather fitting for the occasion.

As vice president of the British Horse Society (the U.K.’s leading equine charity) and a longtime celebrated equestrian, Princess Anne was in her element as she watched demonstrations from leading equestrian coaches, including the Head Coach of the Great Britain Equestrian Team, Yogi Breisner.

While there, Princess Anne represented Team Great Britain. She did, after all, compete in the 1976 Olympic Games’ three-day equestrian event on her mother’s horse. Anne continues to ride to this day and even rode on horseback in the 2019 Trooping the Colour in her capacity as a royal colonel.

The Princess Royal, of course, inherited her interest in horseback riding from her mother, Queen Elizabeth, who continues to ride at 93 years old. Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Tindall, is also an equestrian (as was her father, Mark Phillips who was a gold medal-winning Olympian). Tindall, in fact, took home the silver medal at the 2012 Olympics.

There’s definitely no horsing around when it comes to talent in the royal family.


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