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Princess Haya of Jordan crowned winner of equestrian award

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Princess Haya of Jordan has said she felt "honoured" to receive the prestigious Longines Ladies Award in recognition of her achievements in the equestrian world. The royal was presented with the prize on Monday night, at a ceremony that took place in the historic Great Hall of Hampton Court Palace in London.

The princess, who has competed for Jordan in international show jumping competitions, took to the stage to thank her supporters.

"It's a massive honour to be the winner and the recipient of this award," said the royal. "I have so many people to thank and I accept this award on behalf of the many women who have helped me along the way, and of course the many men."


Princess Haya was given the exquisite Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Horses Trio 1911

"The fact is that horses bring out the best in people and it's all about working together," she added. "And Longines will always be the cement that unifies our two families of racing and horse sport."

Princess Haya was chosen as the sole recipient for the award, which celebrates the achievements of women who have consistently succeeded at the highest level within the equestrian world.

The royal, who served as a president of the FEI from 2006 to 2014 and last year acted as its honorary president, was noted as "an exceptional, unique and elegant lady" by Juan-Carlos Capelli, vice president and head of international marketing at Longines.

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"I accept this award on behalf of the many women who have helped me along the way," said Princess Haya

"We are here to celebrate the extraordinary career of an exceptional, unique and elegant lady. An Olympian, a humanitarian, a United Nations' Messenger of Peace, and former President of the International Equestrian Federation. Of course, I am speaking of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya," he told guests at the start of the ceremony.

The Longines representative added: "Many of us in the room have had the immeasurable pleasure of working alongside Princess Haya. Millions more people around the world will experience the positive impact she has had on equestrianism – the sport she loves, the sport we at Longines love – for generations to come.

"Her outstanding elegance as a competitor, a leader, and a woman working tirelessly for the good of equestrian sports is why Her Royal Highness Princess Haya is the winner of the 2015 Longines Ladies Award."

The prize consisted of a stunning Longines item – the Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Horses Trio 1911.

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