Zara Phillips is selected for Team GB Olympic squad

THE Royal Family will be represented at this year’s Olympics after Zara Phillips, the Queen’s grand-daughter, was selected to make her Games debut.

Phillips has been chosen alongside William Fox-Pitt, Mary King, Piggy French and Tina Cook in the London 2012 Great Britain eventing team.

Only injuries to her world title-winning horse Toytown thwarted her participation at the previous two Olympics in Beijing and Athens.

Phillips, 31, has been picked for London on High Kingdom, and she said: “It’s awesome to be given this opportunity.

“I am really excited and can’t wait to kick on and get him there. Hopefully, we will make it this time.

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“High Kingdom is a pretty cool, very relaxed kind of guy.

“He is improving all the time. He’s pretty pony-like, a nippy little jumper and easy to manoeuvre, so hopefully it will suit him well in Greenwich.”

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Phillips’ mother, the Princess Royal, competed at the 1976 Games in Montreal while her father, Captain Mark Phillips, won team gold four years earlier in Munich and then silver in Seoul in 1988.

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