See Princess Anne training for the 1976 Olympics in amazing throwback photo

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Photo credit: Finnbarr Webster - Getty Images
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The Royal Family has shared a throwback photo of Princess Anne training for the 1976 summer Olympics as she sent a good luck message to Team GB ahead of the Tokyo Games.

The Princess Royal made history by becoming the first member of British royalty to compete in the olympics, riding the Queen's horse in the equestrian three-day event at the Montreal Olympic Games.

In the black and white picture shared by the Royal Family's official Instagram account, Anne can be seen wearing a headscarf as she rides Goodwill, when she was just about o turn 26. Other pictures feature Anne over the years cheering on Team GB in her capacity as President and a Member of the International Olympic Committee.

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Anne was also involved in London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, and accepted the Olympic flame in Athens on behalf of London and brought it back to Britain for its 8,000 mile relay tour of the country.

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In a video message dedicated to all the British athletes taking part in this month's Olympics, Anne said: "As your President, I would like to wish you every success for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Although I am sad not to be there in person, I and the whole nation will be cheering for you and proudly supporting you from home.

"I do remember from my own Olympic journey the anticipation and excitement of stepping onto the Olympic stage. But also the single-minded focus on what you need to do. I know that you have all worked incredibly hard for this moment, during the most challenging of times, and I hope you will find the Team GB environment a support and an inspiration for you. This is your Olympics. It will be different, but not in its importance to you. Savour it, and above all, enjoy it.

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"Good luck, and I look forward to celebrating your achievements with you in the autumn."

The Royal, along with other sports fans, will be unable to attend the event in person this year due to the pandemic, with spectators being banned because of rising cases of coronavirus. Fans will be able to watch it from the comfort of their homes on TV instead.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begins on Friday (July 23) in Japan and will commence until August 8.

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