The Queen’s eldest grandson, Peter Phillips, has been working hard at what many are calling the biggest event to hit London since the Olympics in 2012, the Longines Global Champions Tour – a premiere show jumping event.
The event, which will run through until Sunday, is held at the Iconic Horseguards Parade
In an interview with ABC News, the 36 year old explained what the event was: “The Longines Global Champions Tour is the diamond league of show jumping. It’s the top 30 riders in the world. The top 30 horses in the world.”
There are many world renowned names who will be competing in this year’s event including the daughters of Bill Gates, Bruce Springsteen and Mike Bloomberg.
The event began on Thursday and will run through until Sunday. All the action takes place at the Horse Guards Parade, near Buckingham Palace.
The Princess Royal’s son explained his reasoning behind hosting this event in the middle of London saying that by taking it out of a traditional rural area, it is more accessible to people who otherwise, would never see equestrian events.
However, the 12th in line to the throne admitted that the logistics of organising the event was difficult; describing it as a “massive industrial headache.”
It is hardly surprising that Peter Phillips is heavily involved in this project, considering his family’s relationship with horses. Phillips’ sister, Zara Tindall, is heavily involved in equestrian activities, winning an Olympic silver medal at London 2012. Both his mother and sister have also won Sports Personality of the Year award, the first mother and daughter to both do so.
“To have an Olympics in your home city and then to have a family member win a medal was absolutely fantastic,” Peter explained. “It was phenomenal.”
Phillips also told the American Broadcasting Corporation about his personal life and the two latest additions to his family, Mia Grace, his niece, and Prince George.
He revealed that his daughters, Isla and Savannah have both met Prince George on a couple of occasions like most other families do.
“We had fun but we were kids, growing up as any other family would do,” Phillips said. “Going around to see your cousins as a normal family would do.”
“As children, you don’t know any different,” he said.
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