Princess Anne is a much-loved figure at the Olympic Games, but her love and history of the Olympics go further than merely presenting medals. Princess Anne has herself competed in the Olympics and has been a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1988.
Princess Anne began her Olympic career while participating in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal as a member of the British team, becoming the first member of the Royal Family to compete in the Olympics. During the games, she rode The Queen’s horse, Goodwill.
In 1988 Princess Anne became a member of the International Olympic Committee and has been on the IOC Members Election Committee since 2015, as well as being President of the British Olympic Association. She was involved in London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games and was the Director of the London Organizing Committee for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Before the London 2012 Olympic Games, she accepted the Olympic flame in Athens on behalf of London and brought it back to Britain for its relay of the country.
Princess Anne most recently attended this year’s 2016 Rio Olympics where she made a passionate speech in support of the World Anti-Doping Agency after the Russian doping scandal during a session of the International Olympic Committee. She again made headlines when presenting medals to the men’s rugby’s seven winners, where Fiji won gold, as she placed the gold medals over the Fijian athlete’s necks, they knelt down and clapped three times as a mark of respect for The Queen’s daughter.
Princess Anne, however, isn’t the only member of her family to compete at an Olympic Games. Anne’s daughter, Zara Phillips, was announced to be riding her horse Toytown for Great Britain at the 2004 Olympics in Athens but would have to withdraw from the competition due to an injury sustained by Toytown during training. Zara would again have to withdraw from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games when Toytown again suffered a similar injury. Zara would, however, be able to compete in the 2012 London Olympic Games where she won silver in team eventing on her horse High Kingdom, with her medal being presented to her by her mother. Unfortunately, Zara was not selected to compete for Great Britain in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Princess Anne has long been a part of the Olympic Games for Great Britain and is sure be just as active in the games for years to come.