From Princess Royal to Zara Phillips, the royals who have competed in the Olympic Games.
PRINCESS ANNE was the first British royal to compete in the Olympics, but others have donned their regalia in the past for the chance to earn a gold medal.
Princess Anne has wished Team GB the best of luck ahead of the rescheduled 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which begin in just three days. Princess Royal, who was just 25 years old at the time, made history as the first member of the British royal family to compete in an Olympic event when she competed in the three-day equestrian event in the 1976 Montreal Games.
Her presence was so impressive that the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward were flown to Canada to show their support for Anne.
Princess Anne finished sixth after colliding with the Queen’s horse and sustaining a concussion. Anne completed the course after remounting Goodwill, but afterwards said she couldn’t recall the final jumps.
And it appears that royals have excelled at horseback riding.
Captain Mark Phillips, Princess Royal’s first husband, was a member of Team GB’s three-day event team in 1972, winning a gold medal. He also won a silver medal in 1988.
Zara Tindall, Princess Anne and Phillip’s daughter, won a silver medal in the menage at the 2012 London Olympics, following in her parents’ footsteps. Her mother even presented her medal to the widow of ex-England rugby star Mike Tindall. Zara, like Anne, had many family members cheering her on from the sidelines, including Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Members of the British Royal Family aren’t the only ones who have competed in the Olympics.
At the summer Olympics, athletes of blue blood from Monaco, Spain, Jordan, Norway, and Thailand competed in several events.
Three representatives of other royal dynasties featured in the Sydney games’ swimming pools, menages, and handball stadiums in 2000.
The only person to receive a medal was Inaki Urdangarin. In 2000, he won a bronze medal with the Spanish handball team, like he did in 1996. Urdangarin married Infanta Cristina, a member of the Spanish royal family, exactly one year after his first Olympic victory.
Cristina was an Olympian as well. She competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympics with the Spanish sailing team. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”