Zara Phillips. (Photo credit ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages)
By Maria Puente, USA TODAY
Royal granddaughter Zara Phillips, riding her horse High Kingdom, won the silver medal with the British equestrian team today in the Eventing Team Jumping competition at the London Olympics, the Associated Press reported.
The medals were presented by her mother, Princess Anne, a former Olympic equestrian herself, who kissed her on both cheeks. Afterward, the team's riders and horses took a rousing victory lap around the stadium.
In the stands at the Greenwich Park venue were Zara's madly cheering royal relatives, including cousins Prince William and Prince Harry and William's wife Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, who continues to present a model of casual elegance in her appearances at the Games so far.
Britain's Team GB came in second to Germany's equestrian team, with the New Zealand team winning bronze. Phillips and her horse ranked eighth out of 75 riders in the individual ranking for her performance in all three parts of the competition, dressage, cross-country and jumping. The team just missed winning gold after Phillips and another teammate knocked down rails in jumps.
But she praised her horse for performing "fantastically. I'm just disappointed for the team," she said.
Phillips, 31, is the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II; besides her mother, her father Mark Phillips, Anne's first husband, also was an Olympic equestrian. But she is the first of the royal Windsors to win a medal.