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12 photos of the royals having fun at Cheltenham Festival through the years

 The likes of Princess Anne and Zara Tindall love a bit of horse racing

Royals at Cheltenham - Queen Camilla, Mike and Zara Tindall and Kate Middleton
Danielle Stacey
Online Royal CorrespondentLondon
12 March 2024
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The royals are renowned for their love of equestrian sports, and many are regulars at Cheltenham Festival in Gloucestershire.

The annual meet kicks off on Tuesday and the Princess Royal is expected to be among the racegoers during the four-day event.

Princess Anne opened the stand named in her honour in 2015 and Queen Camilla is an Honorary Member of the Jockey Club.

Meanwhile, the Princess Royal's daughter, Zara Tindall is a director at the racecourse and always wows with her outfits during the sporting event.

While the Prince and Princess of Wales haven't been seen at Cheltenham Festival since 2013, they were regular guests in the years before their marriage. 

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Kate Middleton wearing blue jacket, brown skirt and beret at Cheltenham© Getty

Royal girlfriend

A few years before she married Prince William, then Kate Middleton showed off her Chelsea girl style in 2007 in a duck egg blue Katherine Hooker blazer with a midi skirt and a chocolate brown beret.

Mike and Zara Tindall kiss at Cheltenham Festival© Getty

Loved-up display

Mike and Zara Tindall may have been married for nearly 13 years but they packed on the PDA as they shared a loving kiss at the 2023 Festival. And how chic does equestrian Zara look in her checked blazer and beret-style hat? 

Queen Camilla smiling and holding an umbrella at Cheltenham Festival 2023© Getty

Touching tribute

Last year marked the first time Camilla attended the Festival as Queen, just two months before the coronation. She appeared to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by wearing her late mother-in-law's sparkling horse brooch.  

Zara Tindall laughing with Queen Elizabeth II at Cheltenham© Getty

Doting grandmother

Zara shares her love of equestrian sports with her late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. Her Late Majesty is pictured having a laugh with her granddaughter in the stands in 2003. 

William and Kate in matching tweed outfits at Cheltenham in 2007© Getty

Twinning in tweed

Who can forget when Prince William and Kate rocked matching green tweed ensembles at Cheltenham in 2007? The royal girlfriend wore a co-ordinating skirt suit by Katherine Hooker with Chanel sunglasses.

Mike and Zara making their couple debut at Cheltenham Festival in 2005© Getty

Young love

Zara and Mike made their debut at Cheltenham together in 2005, with the Princess Royal's daughter rocking the baker boy hat trend. Zara married rugby star Mike at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland in July 2011.

Princess Diana wearing red coat at Cheltenham Festival© Getty

From the archives

Princess Diana wrapped up in a red coat for the festival in 1982, when she was pregnant with eldest son Prince William.

Princess Anne and Zara Tindall laughing at Cheltenham© Getty

Like mother, like daughter

We'd love to know what Princess Anne and daughter Zara were so excited about in 2020? We hope it was a win!

Peter and Autumn Phillips cheering at Cheltenham© Getty

United front

Peter Phillips and his former wife, Autumn, were animated at the 2020 festival as they watched the races on Gold Cup Day. While the pair had announced their decision to divorce the previous month, Peter and Autumn put on a united front at the event.

Autumn Phillips and Zara Tindall wearing coats and knee-high boots at Cheltenham© Getty

Girls' day out

Royal sisters-in-law Autumn Phillips and Zara looked stylish on a girls' day out to Cheltenham in 2014.

Kate and William at Cheltenham in 2013© Getty

William and Kate's last attendance

The Prince and Princess of Wales surprised racegoers when they attended the 2013 meet, when Kate was pregnant with the couple's first child Prince George. She looked glowing in a blush pink Joseph coat with brown accessories and her Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings.

Mike Tindall and Peter Phillips walk arm-in-arm at Cheltenham© Getty

Boys' day out

Mike walked arm-in-arm with his brother-in-law, Peter, as they arrived for the 2022 Festival. 


Princess Kate wearing black and white polka dots and a hat

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