Zara Phillips and her horse High Kingdom made their country proud Monday at the Olympic Games. Photo Credit: Murray Sanders/ The Daily Mail
Phillips led High Kingdom to a nearly flawless round in the cross-country phase of the eventing competition. After, she told media: “I am so happy. He [High Kingdom] is such a dude. He lost a front shoe, so he really stepped up. He was awesome – the course was very suitable for him.” Photo Credit: AFP/ Getty Images
Zara and High Kingdom during the cross-country competition at Greenwich Park. Photo Credit: PA
Much of the royal family arrived at Greenwich Park Monday to witness the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, deliver an almost flawless Olympic performance in the cross-country phase of the equestrian eventing.
The Duchess of Cambridge (R) and the Duchess of Cornwall (L) intently watched the eventing. Photo Credit: AP
Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie were all smiles as they watched their cousin compete. Photo Credit: PA
A happy and relaxed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were prepared to face the sun with their shades. Photo Credit: PA
With a host of royals in attendance to cheer Phillips on—including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Princess Royal— and some fantastic riding taking place, it’s no surprise that there was much excitement among the crowd of onlookers.
Zara and High Kingdom. Photo Credit: AFP/ Getty Images
The atmosphere was described as “electric” by the riders, according to the Guardian, which chronicles the scene at Greenwich Park in thrilling detail: “Think Ryder Cup,” says the publication. “and add the high-pitched screams of 10,000 horse-mad teenage girls, and you get some idea of the atmosphere at a sun-drenched Greenwich Park on Monday. All the riders – except the dozen or so who ended up on the floor – described it as electric, and for three members of the British team it was a day of dreams.”
Phillips’s “perfectly timed clear cross-country round” places Great Britain in position for a silver medal heading into the show jumping competition tomorrow (Tuesday), reports the Telegraph.