Royal recovery: Zara Phillips celebrates silver medal as the British equestrian eventing team go on parade… just one month after their near miss from gold
08:41 GMT, 3 September 2012
She may have shed tears only a month ago after narrowly missing the first British gold of the London Olympics.
But Zara Phillips looked nothing but pleased today as she waved to supporters with her teammates at Burghley Horse Trials 2012.
On the lap of honour through the spectators at Stamford's Burghley Park, she joined three other members of the silver medal team as they smiled and waved to the crowd, displaying their medals with pride.
National pride: Olympic Sliver medal winners Zara Phillips, Nicola Wilson, Mary King and William Fox-Pitt wave to the crowd as they paraded at Burghley Horse Trials 2012 in Stamford, Lincolnshire today
At one point, the Royal silver medal winner, clearly enjoying every moment, happily took the time to sign autographs in the crowd.
Under the intense spotlight of both her place within the royal family and also within Team GB, the
Queen’s granddaughter was understandably devastated when she made a small fault during the equestrian
eventing final in last month's Olympic Games.
What an autograph! Olympic Sliver medal winner Zara Phillips signs autographs at Burghley Horse Trials 2012
Despite her otherwise impeccable
performance, Zara felt responsible for the Team GB’s
loss of ranking to a position behind Germany as her inexperienced horse High
Kingdom let a foot drop down at that critical moment.
As the pole fell, there were gasps of horror from
the royal spectators, including the Duchess of Cambridge and Princes William and
At one with the crowd: Zara Phillips judges the Land Rover Tailgate Picnic competition during the Burghley Horse Trials at Burghley Park