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In her element! Zara Tindall beams at Cornbury International Horse Trials 

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Zara Tindall couldn’t hold back her smile today while riding at the Cornbury International Horse Trials in Oxfordshire.

The Queen’s eldest granddaughter, 40, who welcomed son Lucas on March 21, wore a navy blue double-breasted skirt, white breeches and black boots which she paired with a black helmet while on horseback.

The royal, who won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, took part in a dressage test and a cross-country section.

Princess Anne’s daughter, who is married to former rugby player Mike Tindall, 42, has been putting the family first for the past year by looking after her two daughters Mia Grace, seven, and Lena Elizabeth, three, as well as newborn Lucas.

Zara Tindall, 40, couldn’t hold back her smile today while riding at the Cornbury International Horse Trials in Oxfordshire

The royal, who won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, took part in a dressage test and a cross-country section

The royal, who won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, took part in a dressage test and a cross-country section

Zara, a mother of three, looked relaxed and cheerful as she rode and could be seen beaming as she got into the saddle for the trials.

Holding on to a royal look, Princess Anne’s daughter wore minimal makeup and tied her long blonde hair under her helmet and hat.

The former World Equestrian Champion looked at home on her beautiful black and white horse, named Classicals Euro Star, before riding another mare named Showtime.

While Zara competed this morning, her score and position in the tournament has not yet been announced.

Zara, a mum of three, looked relaxed and cheerful as she rode and could be seen beaming as she got into the saddle for the trials

Zara, a mum of three, looked relaxed and cheerful as she rode and could be seen beaming as she got into the saddle for the trials

Since the arrival of her third child, Zara has been spotted on quiet family outings.

Last year Zara described what riding for her country is made of and how she is lucky enough to have her horses with her in lockdown.

The rider who won the Olympic silver medal lives on the Gatcombe Park estate of her mother, Princess Anne, in Gloucestershire.

She told a royal special edition of Horse & Hound magazine that she enjoys the pressure to compete.

As Zara competed this morning, her score and position in the tournament are yet to be revealed

As Zara competed this morning, her score and position in the tournament are yet to be revealed

While Zara competed in dressage and cross country this morning, her score and position in the tournament is not yet known

She said, ‘I like riding horses for my country; those have been the best experiences of my career, getting your horse to that level is what it’s all about and what we all strive for,” she said at the time.

“I like the big opportunity because I like the pressure – sitting on a horse you know is good enough, you’re fully prepared, riding for your country, that’s what your dreams are made of.”

Zara won team silver at the London 2012 and received her medal from her mother the Princess Royal.

She was crowned eventing world champion in Germany in 2006 – leading to the British public choosing her BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The former equestrian world champion looked at her beautiful black and white horse, called Classicals Euro Star (pictured) at home

The former equestrian world champion looked at her beautiful black and white horse, called Classicals Euro Star (pictured) at home

The royal also spoke of not being able to participate in Badminton Horse Trials last year due to the cancellation due to the pandemic.

“It was exciting to target horses like Class Affair and Watkins to Badminton and it gave everything a focus; now those goals aren’t there, it’s kinda weird and you’re dealing with the disappointment,” she said.

But she added that she is “so lucky” to have been able to spend time with her horses during the lockdown, and that it has been “incredibly hard” for those who have not had that luxury.

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