Queen’s Granddaughter Riding For UK in Olympics

Meet Zara Phillips, a buxom British horse rider who’ll be trotting & leaping around Beijing this summer for the UK’s Olympic equestrian team.

Zara Phillips British equestrian Queen Elizabeth granddaughter

She also happens to be 12th in line to the British throne.

SLAM! SPORTS reports that the 27-year-old Phillips, granddaughter of current monarch Queen Elizabeth II (the woman, not the big boat), was one of five members named to the official horse riding team last month.

And Zara didn’t get the job just because of her royal lineage. She did win a gold medal at last year’s World Equestrian Games. And she comes from good breeding stock - dad Mark Phillips won gold at the 1972 Munich Olympics, while mom Princess Anne won the 1971 European title and competed in the 1976 Montreal Games.

But it hasn’t always been an easy ride for Zara, as shown by this face-first fall she took last year in an event in Yorkshire:

Zara Phillips horse riding face plant

Both Zara and the horse, Tsunami, escaped unhurt. But with a name like that, you would expect nothing less than a wipeout.

Hopefully Zara will avoid such pitfalls and face-plants on her trip to China. If she comes back empty-handed medal-wise, at least Zara can take comfort knowing that she’s still the tops on the celebrity hat-wearing list.