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The Duchess of Cornwall and Zara Phillips relive Olympic success at horse show

20 DECEMBER 2012

When the Duchess of Cornwall met equestrian Olympians at the International Horse Show in London on Wednesday, there was one familiar face waiting to meet her in the lineup – her niece Zara Phillips.

Clearly thrilled to be reliving her relative's Olympic success, the Duchess leaned in and greeted Zara – who in the summer triumphed as part of Team GB's eventing squad – with a warm kiss on the cheek.

 

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The scene was reminiscent of when the Queen's granddaughter stood on the Olympic podium proudly clutching a silver medal presented by her own mother Princess Anne, who sealed the moment with a kiss and a hug.

Also meeting the Duchess of Cornwall were Zara's teammates Tina Cook, William Fox-Pitt, Mary King and Nicola Wilson. All of the riding heroes proudly wore the silver medals they won during London 2012 around their necks. Later the team were spotted in high spirits as they waved flags from the sidelines.

Camilla thoroughly enjoyed the entire event, and given that she is patron of The British Equestrian Federation, loves riding and has been known to breed horses herself, the engagement would have been one of the highlights of her winter schedule.

 

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As well as memories from the Olympics, there was also a nod to the Diamond Jubilee at the equestrian extravaganza, and a few laughs were raised when the Duchess was shown a Jubilee themed horse box with a Shetland pony nestled inside.

Earlier in the day Camilla had family joined the Queen and around 40 members of the royal family for an annual Christmas luncheon, which was also attended by the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge and husband Prince William.

At Christmas, senior members of the royal household will once again gather at the Queen's Norfolk Estate in Sandringham, which is their annual festive tradition.

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