Princess Anne leads an incredibly lavish life
Does anything say more lavish than horseback riding? We don’t really think so, and it should come as no surprise that one of Princess Anne’s most beloved pastimes is horseback riding – and not just the occasional ponies around her property, but horseback riding. the hard way that took her to the Olympics. As noted by Biography, Anne’s first pony, William (whom she shared with her brother, Prince Charles), was given to her from an early age. At just 11 years old, she was competing in equestrian events, gaining public attention for her riding skills. In 1971, Anne went so far as to win the European Eventing Championships and became the first member of the royal family to win a European gold medal. If that wasn’t enough, Anne was named the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year (by biography).
Anne’s proven abilities as an equestrian took her all the way to the Olympics, but, due to a few competitive setbacks, her hopes of winning a medal were dashed. But fear not – the princess’s skills were later rewarded with individual and team silver medals at the 1975 championships (and she even reached that level of competition while battling a cold), according to Biography.