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Zara wins silver

- July 31st, 2012
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Zara Phillips rides her horse High Kingdom after receiving her silver medal during the Eventing Team Jumping equestrian event on Tuesday. (Photo: Eddie Keogh/REUTERS)

Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of the Queen, has taken silver at the Olympics.

The equestrian won the medal with Team GB during the eventing team jumping event.

It was particularly nice to see her mother, Princess Anne, present her and her teammates with their medals (Princess Anne was set to give out the medals, no matter who won).

“When you get one of these put around your neck … you realize everything was worth it,” Phillips said, Reuters reported. “It is amazing obviously to get it from your mum.”

It is the first time a member of the Royal family has won a medal at the Olympics, although Princess Anne did compete in equestrian events in the 1976 Montreal Games. As well, Zara’s father – Capt. Mark Phillips – won gold at the 1972 Munich Games (but he was not married Princess Anne at that point).

Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry were on hand to cheer on their cousin as she took the silver.

Zara, who rode High Kingdom, was one of 25 riders who made the individual jumping final at Greenwich Park. She placed eighth (up from 14th at the beginning of the day).

Germany won the gold for the team event. Canada was 13th.

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Zara Phillips on High Kingdon clears a fence during the Eventing Jumping equestrian event on Tuesday. (Photo: Mike Hutchings/REUTERS)

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