zara phillilps olympics equestrian queen elizabeth granddaughter Zara Phillips, Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter, nominated for U.K. Summer Olympics teamQueen Elizabeth‘s granddaughter Zara Phillips has been nominated for the equestrian team for the U.K.’s bid at the 2012 Summer Olympic games, held right in her own backyard of London.

“It’s awesome to be given this opportunity. I am really excited and can’t wait to kick on and get him there,” says Phillips in a statement.

Phillips is the daughter of Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth’s second child and only daughter. Both Princess Anne and Zara’s father, Captain Mark Phillips, competed for the U.K. equestrian team in the Olympics – Anne competed at the 1976 Montreal Games and Mark won a gold in Munich in 1972 and a silver in Seoul in 1988 in the equestrian three-day team event, which is what Zara will compete in as well.

Zara was supposed to compete in Beijing in 2008 but her horse Toytown became injured just before the event. This time around, she hopes to have better luck. The three-day competition that combines dressage, show jumping and cross country. She’ll ride on a horse named High Kingdom.

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