Olympic hopeful Zara Phillips celebrated her wedding anniversary with a blistering performance for Team GB”s equestrians.
On July 30 2011, the Queen”s granddaughter was a vision in white as she wed rugby star Mike Tindall.
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One year later she powered round the cross country event in an impressive nine minutes and 55 seconds. Rules dictate that riders have to complete the course in ten minutes.
With chants of “Zara” ringing through the air, and the young royals taking pride of place amongst Greenwich Park”s 50,000 strong crowd, she managed a clear round. Only four other riders out of 74 were able to equal that feat.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were particularly animated as they watched his cousin dominate the course.
Afterwards Zara said: “I am so pleased. It was hard work but a great feeling. The crowd was unbelievable and the best thing is that it is my wedding anniversary today.”
Her teammates performed equally well, placing the Britons in second place behind Germany as a memorable day drew to a close.
On Wednesday, the final show jumping phase will take place. If the eventing squad continue their run of form, they could gallop to gold for their collective efforts.