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Princess Anne Looked Like a Total Boss on Horseback at the Trooping the Colour Parade

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While the below story is from 2019, the information still stands in 2022. As Princess Anne is a royal colonel, she rode horseback in today's Trooping the Colour parade, as opposed to arriving in a carriage.

At this morning's Trooping the Colour parade—one of the most highly-anticipated events on the royal calendar—Princess Anne proved yet again that, when duty calls, she can take care of business. Whereas the Duchess of Cambridge, Cornwall, and Sussex, and Prince Harry were passively participating in the parade, arriving by carriage, Anne was doing the thing.

The princess was decked out in her royal colonel garb, riding horseback like a champ. She rode alongside two of her brothers, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, and her nephew, Prince William, but she still stole the show.

All of these royals ride on horses because they're royal colonels of the Household Division, the Queen's guards who take part in Trooping the Colour. It's likely particularly enjoyable for Princess Anne, though. Like her mother Queen Elizabeth—who also used to ride a horse in the Trooping the Colour parade—Anne loves horses.

Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images

And her affection for the animal isn't just a hobby—the princess had an accomplished equestrian career. In 1976, Anne competed in the Olympic Games, riding one of her mother's horses. Anne passed this passion down to her daughter, Zara Tindall. (Tindall's father, Captain Mark Phillips, was also a gold medal-winning Olympic equestrian, so she got the horse-loving gene both sides.)

Photo credit: Cameron Spencer - Getty Images
Photo credit: Cameron Spencer - Getty Images

Tindall would become an even more celebrated royal equestrian than her mother, after taking home the silver medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. And after marrying a former rugby player, Mike Tindall, no one would be surprised if her children became award-winning athletes, too.

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