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Zara Tindall brings royal glamour to first day of Cheltenham Festival

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Zara Tindall brought a touch of royal style to the Cheltenham Festival as she attended the first day of the horse-racing event. The Queen's granddaughter, who is a regular guest at the annual highbrow affair, was spotted making her entrance on Tuesday afternoon.

Dressed to impress, Zara turned up in a dark custom-made navy coat by Paul Costello, which featured large buttons and a funnel neck. She paired it with a snakeskin clutch made by the same designer.

The accomplished equestrian completed her immaculate look with a hat created especially for her by British milliner Rosie Olivia.

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Zara Tindall had left her baby daughter Mia at home to attend the races

Zara and the craftswoman had worked closely together to create the navy Boldo high top hat, which was made of velour fur felt and trimmed with waffle veiling and two curled quills.

Making the most of the British springtime, Zara took off her wool coat as she watched the races and protected her eyes with a pair of chic Ray Ban sunglasses.

The royal opted to wear a patterned monochrome dress with four-quarter length sleeves. With a glass of red wine in her hand and a view of the racecourse from her private box, Zara couldn't have looked happier.

As a keen race-goer and Olympic champion, who won her silver medal at the London 2012 games, Zara was in her element. She cheered on the jockeys competing at Prestbury Park alongside her fellow racing enthusiast friends.

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Olympic champion Zara Tindall was all smiles at the Cheltenham Festival

Zara had left her 14-month-old baby daughter Mia at home, most likely in the care of her husband Mike Tindall given that the couple do not have a nanny. A few months after giving birth, Zara revealed that she hadn't employed a childminder, despite speculation to the contrary.

"The press have printed that I have a nanny, who is my best mate Dolly Maude, which they obviously haven't realised," she told The Telegraph last September. "She's been to two competitions and helped me and she's apparently my nanny… but she's not, she's got four of her own kids to look after."

Zara is expected to attend all four days of this year's Cheltenham Festival – a highlight in the National Hunt racing calendar that sees hundreds of thousands of visitors in attendance.

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