Princess Anne is Queen Elizabeth's only daughter. She is now 69-years-old and recently talked to Horse & Hound magazine about her love for horse riding but also the pressure she feels to keep up with her mother, who is still riding today at 93-years-old!
Princess Anne felt pressure to keep 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," the Princess admitted. Anne became patron of Riding For The Disabled charity in 1969, when she was only 19-years-old. She addressed her involvement over the years by saying, "In some ways, what we do hasn't changed at all. The observation that being on the back of an animal, small or large, can make a huge difference to mental and maybe physical wellbeing is as true today as it was then."
Princess Anne: First royal member to compete in the Olympics
Princess Anne was the first member of the Royal Family to compete in the Olympic Games. She rode the Queen's horse, Goodwill, in Eventing at the 1976 Games in Montreal, Canada. Anne's daughter, Zara Tindall, has also followed in her mother and grandmother's footsteps by pursuing an equestrian career. She won a silver medal in team eventing at the London 2012 Olympics.