Rare photographs of the Royal Family 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 surfaced showing the Queen, Prince Philip and their children enjoying days at the Badminton Horse Trials in the 1980s as the event returns after a two-year hiatus. .

Taken by photographer David Hartley, the images capture Her Majesty, now 96, attending the equestrian event alongside her husband, the late Duke of Edinburgh, and children, Prince Andrew and the Princess Anne.

In some of the images, the Princess Royal, who was pregnant with her second child Zara at the time, is seen with her first husband, Captain Phillips, while laughing and smiling with her parents.

The Badminton Horse Trials, which members of the Royal Family have often attended and participated in, is a three-day equestrian event held on the grounds of Badminton Estate in Gloucestershire, the family seat of the Duke of Beaufort.

Presented by Mars Equestrian, the annual event will return 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 resurfaced showing the Queen, Prince Philip and their children enjoying days at the Badminton Horse Trials in the 1980s. Pictured are Captain Mark Phillips, Princess Anne and the Duke of Edinburgh

Taken by photographer David Hartley, the images capture Her Majesty (pictured with Prince Philip and English horse trainer Henrietta Knight), now 96, attending the equestrian event alongside her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh and his children, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne.

Taken by photographer David Hartley, the images capture Her Majesty (pictured with Prince Philip and English horse trainer Henrietta Knight), now 96, attending the equestrian event alongside her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh and his children, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne.

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

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

One of the photographs shows the Queen watching the show alongside Prince Andrew, Princess Michael of Kent and the 10th Duke of Beaufort in the 1980s.

The monarch is the picture of poise in a bright blue coat and scarf, while Princess Michael of Kent wears a high-necked white jumper and stylish hat, and a young Prince Andrew sports a blue jacket with a jumper assorted.

A black and white photograph of the set also shows Princess Anne posing in an elegant equestrian ensemble after her dressage test in 1979.

Meanwhile, toddler Peter Phillips, dressed in a striped top and overalls, watches his dad, captain Mark Phillips, on the cross-country course at the event.

In some of the images, the Princess Royal, who was pregnant with her second child Zara at the time, is seen with her first husband Captain Phillips, while laughing and smiling with her parents (pictured)

In some of the images, the Princess Royal, who was pregnant with her second child Zara at the time, is seen with her first husband Captain Phillips, while laughing and smiling with her parents (pictured)

Meanwhile, toddler Peter Phillips, dressed in a striped top and overalls, watches his dad, captain Mark Phillips, on the cross-country course at the event.

Toddler Peter Phillips makes an appearance at the event again, this time in a polka dot jumper

Meanwhile, toddler Peter Phillips, dressed in a striped top and overalls, watches his dad, captain Mark Phillips, on the cross-country course, pictured right and left the youngster does again an appearance at the event, this time in jumping polka dots

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

Meanwhile, a black and white photograph 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 using a Range Rover to gain height and see over the crowds

The Queen also uses tricky binoculars to watch the event

Prince Andrew watches the cross-country section of the Badminton Horse trails through binoculars, while using a Range Rover to gain extra height to see above the crowds, left, and the Queen also uses tricky binoculars to watch the event, right

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

The then two-year-old was clearly in a playful mood as she and her dad Mike strolled around while watching mother-of-three Zara compete in the show jumping event at the Gloucestershire course .

The toddler, who wore a t-shirt emblazoned with the phrase ‘I’m super cute’, appeared to be in high spirits as her father lifted her into the air as her grandmother, Princess Anne, looked on.

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

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

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

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

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

Cause harm!  A young Peter Phillips is seen during his Badminton Horse Trials appearances in the 1980s

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

Cause harm! A young Peter Phillips is seen during his Badminton Horse Trials appearances in the 1980s

The 10th Duke of Beaufort decided to organize the first Badminton Horse Trials in 1949, with the idea that it would offer British riders the opportunity to train for future international events.

Now considered one of the “toughest and most exciting equestrian events” of the year, horses and riders must pass a dressage test demonstrating “obedience, discipline, precision and elegance”. .

They’re also expected to complete a four-mile cross-country race, jumping strong man-made and natural obstacles within a time limit, before finishing an obstacle course designed to test their agility and precision at speed, according to the organization’s website.

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