Cheltenham Festival 2012: Zara Phillips wears third splendid headpiece of the week


A royal hat trick! Zara wears third splendid headpiece of the week as she glams up for Cheltenham in hot pink pillboxShe first wore Philip Treacy creation at Sandringham on Christmas day 2008

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17:56 GMT, 15 March 2012

Zara performed a headgear hat trick this afternoon as she attended her third consecutive day of the Cheltenham Festival wearing a vibrant pink pillbox.

Looking cheerful as she arrived at the Gloucestershire race course to join in the annual St Patrick's Day Thursday, Zara matched the retro felt hat, a Philip Treacy piece she first wore at Sandringham on Christmas day in 2008, with a crushed velvet clutch in a complementary shade.

The bright pink accessories added a splash of colour to her otherwise all-black outfit of trench coat, knee-length boots and opaque tights.

Retro: Zara chose a felt wool hot pink for the third day of Cheltenham

Retro: Zara wore a felt wool hot pink for the third day of Cheltenham
Festival, where it was St Patrick's Day Thursday, promising 'the best St
Patrick’s atmosphere this side of the Irish Sea'

Zara added a splash of colour to her all-black outfit with her bright pink hat and velvet clutch bag

Zara wore a black trench coat belted in the middle and buttoned to the top

The bright accessories added a splash of colour to her all-black outfit

Zara's husband Mike Tindall accompanied his wife for a third day in a row too, and the two looked happy and relaxed as they embraced one another at the race course.

The two were joined by Chemmy Alcott, the Olympic skier whose career was almost ended in 2010 when an accident left her with a badly broken leg.

Chemmy and Zara became friends after being introduced by a shared sponsor some years ago, and Chemmy spent some weeks recuperating at Zara's house in the summer after her accident.

Zara chatted animatedly to the 29 year-old skier as they watched the day's seven races from the Royal Enclosure.

Cheltenham's St Patrick's Day celebration is a firm favourite with racegoing regulars, who are treated to 'plenty of craic' including live music and dancing alongside the seven scheduled horse races.

Organisers call it the 'best St Patrick’s atmosphere this side of the Irish Sea,' which will no doubt appeal to the fun-loving Tindalls.

A keen horsewoman herself, Zara competed on her horse Black Tuxedo at last week’s Tweseldown Horse Trials, and also rode to victory on Silver Lining at the same event.

The royal couple were among 50,000 fans who gathered to enjoy the first of four days of racing at Cheltenham.

Zara was at the meet to enjoy the St Patrick's at Cheltenham's Gold Cup Festival today

Zara was at the meet to enjoy the St Patrick's at Cheltenham's Gold Cup Festival today

Zara attended without husband Mike Tindall, who had accompanied her on her two previous Cheltenham visits this week

The Queen's granddaughter cheers on her horse in the Ryanair Steeple Chase

...but to no avail, as her glum face suggests that this time round her luck had deserted her

The Queen's granddaughter cheers on her horse in the Ryanair Steeple Chase… but seems to be left disappointed, her glum face suggesting her luck had deserted her

Zara spent the afternoon with Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott, who has been a firm friend of the royal since they were introduced some years ago

Zara spent the afternoon with Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott, who has been a firm friend of the royal since they were introduced some years ago

Zara was joined later in the day by husband Mike Tindall, who has accompanied his wife to all three Festival days this week

Zara was joined later in the day by husband Mike Tindall, who has accompanied his wife to all three Festival days this week

Zara was joined this afternoon by husband Mike Tindall, who has accompanied his wife to all three Festival days this week

Zara appeared to be friendly with actor James Nesbitt, who made his first appearance at the meet today

Zara appeared to be friendly with actor James Nesbitt, who made his first appearance at the meet today