Zara Phillips struggles to control High Kingdom at the equestrian-horse inspection just days before she is due to compete

Zara Phillips struggles to control High Kingdom at the equestrian-horse inspection just days before she is due to compete

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10:28 GMT, 28 July 2012

After her bitter disappointment at
not being able to take part in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, Zara Phillips is honoured to be representing her country at the London 2012 Games.

But she appeared to be struggling to control her horse, High Kingdom, today as she paraded him around the equestrian arena in Greenwich Park, the site for the equestrian and modern pentathlon events at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The 13th in line to the throne has never competed in an Olympics because
of injuries to her former horse Toytown in 2004 and 2008.

Zara Phillips struggled to control High Kingdom today as she paraded him at the equestrian arena

Zara Phillips struggled to control High Kingdom today as she paraded him at the equestrian arena

Princess Zara Phillips pulled on the reigns of her horse as she guided him around

Zara Phillips pulled on the reigns of her horse as she guided him around

But she is now one of the favourites for a medal as she tries to emulate
her father Captain Mark Phillips, who won Olympic gold in 1972 and
silver in 1988.

Phillips, who was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year after being
crowned eventing world champion in 2006, will compete in the individual
and team three-day eventing competitions which starts tomorrow in Greenwich on her horse High
Kingdom.

Donning her TEAM GB kit, Zara pulls back on the reins to steady him

Donning her TEAM GB kit, Zara pulls back on the reins to steady him

Phillips is a strong contender for the Games this summer

Phillips is a strong contender for the Games this summer

Phillips, 31, said: ‘It’s awesome to be given this opportunity. I’m really excited and can’t wait to kick on and get him there.

‘High
Kingdom is a pretty cool, very relaxed kind of guy, I was really happy
with him at the Bramham trials as he’d obviously grown up and is
improving all the time. He’s like a pretty pony, a nippy little jumper
and easy to manoeuvre so, hopefully, it will suit him well in Greenwich.

‘High
Kingdom is owned by Trevor Hemmings, who’s been one of my earliest
supporters — he’s owned a lot of my horses and has been so supportive, I
couldn’t do it without him.’