Princess Anne reveals four granddaughters are joining her for lockdown horse rides

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3-min read
GERMANY - JANUARY 1:  Britain's Princess Anne rides her horse "Goodwill" during the dressage part of the European three-day Championship in Luhmuelen (Lower Saxony), in which she is taking part as a member of the British team, 08 September 1975.  (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP via Getty Images)
Anne on Goodwill in 1975, at the European three-day Championship. (Getty Images)

Princess Anne has revealed she is passing on her love of horses to another royal generation as she is regularly joined by her granddaughters for lockdown horse rides.

Anne, who turns 70 next month, is grandmother to Mia and Lena Tindall, who are Zara’s daughters, and Savannah and Isla Philips, who are Peter’s children.

Anne and Zara already share a passion for horses, and have both competed in the Olympics in equestrian events.

The Princess Royal told Australia’s Women’s Weekly that Mia, who is six, and Lena, who is two, and well as Savannah, nine, and Isla, eight, sometimes join her on her daily rides.

She said: “They do occasionally come over.

“It gives them a change of scenery and a bit more water to play in.”

Anne lives in Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire and her children and grandchildren live close by at Aston Farm.

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STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Mia Tindall, Savannah Phillips and Isla Phillips meet horses of the Pony Club as they attend day 2 of the 2019 Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park on August 3, 2019 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Mia Tindall, Savannah Phillips and Isla Phillips meet horses of the Pony Club at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park. (Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 23: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Savanah Phillips gives her cousin Mia Tindall a piggyback as they attend the Gatcombe Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on March 23, 2019 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Savanah Phillips gives her cousin Mia Tindall a piggyback as they attend the Gatcombe Horse Trials. (Getty Images)

Zara and Mike Tindall have discussed life in lockdown on a few occasions, with Zara revealing how pleased she was to have her horses with her.

Mike also talked about the prospect of a date night with his wife as one of the most exciting things to happen for weeks.

But Peter Philips has been quieter. He and his wife Autumn announced their split earlier this year.

However they will continue to live in the UK, to avoid disruption to their children’s lives.

Horses and equestrian activities are a shared love among members of the Royal Family.

The Queen missed Royal Ascot for the first time in her reign this year, when she couldn’t attend because of coronavirus restrictions.

Several members of the family usually attend over the days of the annual horse event.

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STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 11: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Anne, The Princess Royal and her grandchildren Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips talk with Zara Phillips after she competed in the show jumping phase of the Whatley Manor International Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on September 11, 2015 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Princess Anne, with Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips and Zara Tindall in 2015. (Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Anne, Princess Royal and granddaughters Isla Phillips, Mia Tindall and Savannah Phillips attend day 2 of the 2019 Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park on August 3, 2019 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Princess Anne takes her granddaughters Isla Phillips, Mia Tindall and Savannah Phillips around Gatcombe Park. (Getty Images)

Princess Anne has also hosted the Gatcombe Horse Trials on her estate, and both she and Zara have won medals in the Olympics.

Zara, 39, is still hopeful of making the Olympics when they are held next year, rescheduled from this summer because of the pandemic.

It will be no surprise to see the younger royals picking up the shared love from their elders.

Neither of Anne’s children have royal titles, something she and her then husband Captain Mark Philips, refused on their birth.

Zara has previously said it helped her grow up without the spotlight or the pressures faced by others in the family with titles.

In the interview, Anne said: “I think even then it was easy to see that it was a very mixed blessing to have a title.”

And speaking about how her children had grown and ended up working for their living, she said: “'ve got no complaints.

“To be honest, having children of parents who both achieved at a fairly high level in sport and they've both achieved their own levels in their own sports, is fantastic. But they've also created their own careers away from that, using that experience – they've done incredibly well.”