PRINCESS ANNE confessed to suffering from memory loss after an “awful fall” during the 1976 Olympic Games, unearthed accounts show.
Anne has this week planted a number of trees for the Queen’s Green Canopy to mark Her Majesty’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee in 2022. The scheme encourages people across the UK to plant a sustainable tree to commemorate the Queen’s 70-year reign. The Princess Royal took part in the Queen’s Canopy for the second time as she dug a tree at St Barnabas Church of England Primary School in Worcester.
Anne is also thought to have spoken to children and teachers at the school about sustainability and the environment.
During her trip to Paris last week, the Queen’s daughter also planted a Jubilee Tree at the British embassy.
Anne, who is known for her dry wit and occasional sharp tongue, became the first member of the Royal Family to compete in an Olympic Games, when she represented Great Britain at the Montreal summer Olympics.
The Princess competed as part of Britain’s equestrian team, riding her horse, Goodwill, who was from her mother’s stable.
However, when competing in the three-day eventing category the princess fell off Goodwill.
She subsequently got back up on the horse and completed the course but later admitted she did not remember any of it.
She said in an interview after the fall: “I was going very well and then I don’t remember anything else.
“Nothing at all.”
In the 2020 ITV documentary ‘Anne:The Princess Royal at 70’ her lady-in-waiting Jane Holderness-Roddam described the fall as “awful” as she recounted the day.
She said: “I wasn’t at the Olympics, I couldn’t go, so it was all on television what we saw.
“What I didn’t know at the time was that she had this awful fall, but she got back on and competed.
“She was that concussed that she couldn’t remember ‒ and still to this day I believe she can’t remember the rest of the course.”
Concussion, or traumatic brain injury, is the most common type of injury related to horse riding alongside long bone fractures.
Equestrian was even dubbed the “most dangerous sport on the planet” by Lord Sebastian Coe who won two 1,500 metre gold medals at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games.
Lord Coe, who worked with Anne on the London. “Brinkwire Summary News”.