The Cheltenham Festival got under way earlier this week with many spectators present, including members of the Royal Family.
Joining the quarter of a million spectators at the races are the Princess Royal, who will be presenting the trophy to the winner of the big race, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, on Friday 14th. The Duchess of Cornwall will also be attending the races on Ladies Day, which is on Tuesday 12th. The Duchess will watch seven races, including the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Many consider this to be one of the highlights of the week, and is a race the Duchess is guaranteed to enjoy.
Princess Anne is a regular attendee of racecourse festivals. This time last year, she was enjoying her time watching Bobs Worth win the Gold Cup alongside her daughter, Zara. Zara also attended the Cheltenham Festival this week with her husband, Mike Tindall.
The Princess Royal has always shown a keen interest in horses and equestrianism. By the age of 21, the Princess won the individual title at the European Eventing Championship. On top of that, she was voted BBC Sports Personality of the year in 1971.
Zara follows in her mothers footsteps by taking part in equestrian events
Princess Anne has also won a silver medal in both individual and team disciplines in the 1975 European Eventing Championship, as well as participating in the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games. Zara Tindall has followed in her mother’s footstep and also competed in the 2012 Olympics. Additionally, she was voted Sports Personality of the year in 2006; the first ever time a parent and child both won the award.
The Queen also has a fascinating history with horses, which you can read about here.
The winner of last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, Bobs Worth, goes into the race on Friday as favourite, in an attempt to achieve two successive wins.
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