Rare photographs of the royals at the Badminton Horse Trials in the 1980s

The British royal family’s love of horses is well known – and now a collection of rare photographs has resurfaced showing the Queen, Prince Philip and their children enjoying days at the Badminton Horse Trials in the 1980s, when the event after a two-year break returned.

The images, captured by photographer David Hartley, show Her Majesty, who is now 96, attending the equestrian event alongside her husband, the late Duke of Edinburgh, and their children, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne.

In some pictures, the Princess Royal, who was then pregnant with their second child Zara, can be seen with her first husband Captain Phillips as she laughs and smiles with her parents.

Often attended by members of the Royal Family, the Badminton Horse Trials is a three day equestrian event held in the grounds of the Badminton Estate in Gloucestershire, the family home of the Duke of Beaufort.

The annual event, presented by Mars Equestrian, returns on May 4, 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The British royal family’s love of horses is well known – and now a collection of rare photographs has surfaced showing the Queen, Prince Philip and their children enjoying a day of revelry at the Badminton Horse Trials in the 1980s. Pictured Captain Mark Phillips, Princess Anne and the Duke of Edinburgh

The images, taken by photographer David Hartley, show Her Majesty (pictured with Prince Philip and English horse trainer Henrietta Knight), now 96, with her husband, the late Duke of Edinburgh, and their children Prince Andrew and Princess Anne participate in the equestrian event

The images, taken by photographer David Hartley, show Her Majesty (pictured with Prince Philip and English horse trainer Henrietta Knight), now 96, with her husband, the late Duke of Edinburgh, and their children Prince Andrew and Princess Anne participate in the equestrian event

One of the photos shows the Queen watching the spectacle alongside Prince Andrew, Princess Michael of Kent and the 10th Duke of Beaufort in the 1980s (pictured).

One of the photos shows the Queen watching the spectacle alongside Prince Andrew, Princess Michael of Kent and the 10th Duke of Beaufort in the 1980s (pictured).

One of the photos shows the Queen watching the spectacle along with Prince Andrew, Princess Michael of Kent and the 10th Duke of Beaufort in the 1980s.

The monarch is the picture of poise in a light blue coat and headscarf, while Princess Michael of Kent wears a high-necked white sweater and smart hat, and a young Prince Andrew wears a blue jacket with a matching jumper.

A black-and-white photo from the set also shows Princess Anne posing in an elegant ensemble of riders after her dressage test in 1979.

Meanwhile, a toddler, Peter Phillips, dressed in a striped top and dungarees outfit, watches his father, Captain Mark Phillips, on the cross country course at the event.

In some pictures, the Princess Royal, who was then pregnant with their second child Zara, can be seen with her first husband Captain Phillips while laughing and smiling with her parents (pictured).

In some pictures, the Princess Royal, who was then pregnant with their second child Zara, can be seen with her first husband Captain Phillips while laughing and smiling with her parents (pictured).

Meanwhile, a toddler, Peter Phillips, dressed in a striped top and dungarees outfit, watches his father, Captain Mark Phillips, on the cross country course at the event

Toddler Peter Phillips makes another appearance at the event, this time in a polka dot sweater

Meanwhile, a toddler, Peter Phillips, dressed in a striped top and dungarees outfit, watches his father Captain Mark Phillips at the Cross Country Course, pictured right and left, the youngster is performing again at the event, this time in a polka dot jumper

Meanwhile, a black-and-white photo from the set shows Princess Anne posing in an elegant equestrian ensemble after her dressage test in 1979 (pictured).

Meanwhile, a black-and-white photo from the set shows Princess Anne posing in an elegant equestrian ensemble after her dressage test in 1979 (pictured).

Prince Andrew watches the cross-country section of the Badminton Horse Trails through binoculars while gaining extra height in a Range Rover to see above the crowd

The Queen also uses dainty binoculars to watch the event

Prince Andrew watches the cross-country section of the Badminton Horse Trails through binoculars while gaining extra height in a Range Rover to see over the crowd, left, and the Queen also uses dainty binoculars to follow the event , to the right

Zara Tindall also followed in her mother’s footsteps at the Badminton Horse Trials and was watched by her husband Mike Tindall and their daughter Mia in 2016.

The then two-year-old was clearly in a playful mood as she and father Mike rode around while watching mum-of-three Zara jump around the Gloucestershire course.

Wearing a T-shirt that read “I’m super cute,” the toddler appeared to be in high spirits as her dad lifted her into the air while her grandmother, Princess Anne, looked on.

Princess Anne watches her then-husband Captain Mark Phillips do warm-up jumps

Princess Anne, who was pregnant with Zara at the time, watches her then-husband Captain Mark Phillips do warm-up jumps

Princess Anne, who was pregnant with Zara at the time, watches her then-husband Captain Mark Phillips do warm-up jumps

Offer a helping hand!  Princess Anne helps her first husband Captain Mark Phillips lift the practice jumps at the Badminton Horse Trials in the 1980s

Offer a helping hand! Princess Anne helps her first husband Captain Mark Phillips lift the practice jumps at the Badminton Horse Trials in the 1980s

Wreaking havoc!  A young Peter Phillips is seen during his performances at the Badminton Horse Trials in the 1980s

Princess Anne's son pictured at the event in the 1980s

Wreaking havoc! A young Peter Phillips is seen during his performances at the Badminton Horse Trials in the 1980s

The 10th Duke of Beaufort decided to hold the first Badminton Horse Trials in 1949 with the idea of ​​giving British riders the opportunity to train for future international events.

Known today as one of the “toughest and most exciting equestrian events” of the year, horses and riders must complete a dressage test that demonstrates “obedience, discipline, accuracy and elegance.”

They are also expected to complete a four-mile cross-country ride and jump solid artificial and natural obstacles within a set time before completing a jumping course designed to test their agility and accuracy at speed, according to the organization’s website.

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