Princess Anne is working hard to keep up with her mother, the one and only Queen Elizabeth II.
In an rare interview with Horse & Hound magazine, the 69-year-old and the Queen’s only daughter, admitted that she felt pressure to continue horse-riding.
“Well, my mother still rides at the age of 93. I don’t think there would be much excuse if I didn’t,” she said.
The princess has been involved in horse-riding for most of her life. In fact, she was the first member of the Royal Family to participate in the Olympics. At the 1976 Games in Montreal, she competed in Eventing by riding her mother’s horse, Goodwill. In the European Eventing Championships in 1971, she won a gold medal and in 1975, she won two silver medals.
At the young age of 19, Princess Anne also became patron of Riding For The Disabled charity in 1969. She spoke to the magazine about her involvement.
“In some ways, what we do hasn’t changed at all,” she said. “The observation that being on the back of an animal, small or large, can make a huge difference to mental and maybe physical well-being is as true today as it was then.”
The tradition of horse-riding continues with her daughter Zara Tindall, who won a silver medal in team eventing at the Olympics in London in 2012.
The princess made headlines earlier this week when a video of her allegedly not greeting U.S. President Donald Trump at a NATO reception went viral. In reality, she was actually trying to tell the Queen that the president was the last in a line of leaders to be greeted by the monarch. In the video, viewers can see Anne raise her hands and laugh while saying, “It’s just me.”