Royal Zara Phillips makes Olympic equestrian debut

Royal Zara Phillips makes Olympic equestrian debut

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Britain's Zara Phillips on High Kingdom competes in the Dressage phase of the Eventing competition of the 2012 London Olympics at the Equestrian venue in Greenwich Park, London, July 29, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2012 at 4:31 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 29 at 10:30 AM

LONDON (AP) — Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, had a few royal fans in the stands for her Olympic equestrian debut Sunday.

Phillips' grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, as well as her mother, Princess Anne, were in the VIP seats at Greenwich Park as Phillips competed in the eventing dressage competition. She rode her horse, High Kingdom, through the paces of a standard test to demonstrate the horse's obedience and scored a respectable 48.10 penalty points with a rank of eight, with several more horses to go.

Cheers and applause broke out as she rode into the stadium and erupted anew when she finished. Anne, wearing a bright red canvas hat, applauded politely at the end.

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