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Princess Beatrice crosses finishing line at London 5K charity race

The 28-year-old is also the first royal to complete a triathlon

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Gemma Strong
Gemma StrongOnline Digital News Director
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Princess Beatrice joined around 500 female runners participating in the Lady Garden 5K race at London's Hyde Park at the weekend. The 28-year-old royal was in high spirits as she waited at the start line with her fellow competitors, dressed in a vibrant pink sports top, black leggings and grey trainers. She wore her hair pulled back in a ponytail, and tied her black hoodie around her waist to show off her runner’s number – 522 – pinned to her top. The charity run was held in support of Silent No More Gynaecological Cancer Fund, with the aim of raising money for vital research into gynaecological cancers.

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Princess Beatrice completed the Lady Garden 5K race in London's Hyde Park

It's by no means Beatrice's first sporting event. In September she became the first British royal to participate in a triathlon. Prince Andrew's eldest daughter swam 3,300 metres, biked 140km, ran half a marathon and hiked up Mount Etna to complete the Strive Challenge, to raise money for the Big Change charity. Beatrice set up the charity with Sir Richard Branson's children, Sam and Holly, to help young people with dyslexia and give them the "necessary tools they need to thrive in life".

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The 28-year-old is also the first royal to have participated in a triathlon

Beatrice has spoken openly about her own battle with dyslexia. During a visit to the Bolingbroke Academy and the ARK Globe Academy in London in April 2014, she told pupils: "Dyslexia is not a pigeonhole to say you can’t do anything. It is an opportunity and a possibility to learn differently. You have magical brains, they just process differently. Don’t feel like you should be held back by it." The royal also revealed that it was J.K Rowling's Harry Potter series which changed her opinion on reading. "The second the story came out, I couldn’t put it down," she said. "Now I read so much quicker, so much better and I studied history at university which involved a lot of reading."

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