Pregnant Zara Phillips took part in the Gatcombe horse trials over the weekend, against NHS recommendations
Zara Phillips rode dressage at the Gatcombe horse trials on Saturday, despite saying that she would not be horse riding for the remainder of her pregnancy.
Accompanied at the event by her mother Anne, Zara chose to compete against NHS advice, which states that women should cease participation in ‘inherently risky’ sports while they are expecting a child.
The palace announced Zara‘s pregnancy with husband Mike Tindall on 8 July, just days after she was seen coming off her horse at the Barbury International Horse Trials.
Later that month, a representative for the Queen’s granddaughter said that while she was feeling fine, Zara had decided to be ‘sensible’ and follow ‘all medical advice from her doctors’.
The spokesperson said: ‘She has done so well already this season, she does not actually need to compete any more. Given that she is pregnant, she has decided to cancel the rest of her entries for the year.’
The spokesperson went on to say that all of Zara‘s horses had now qualified so if there was no reason for Miss Phillips to ride, she would not.
Zara has suffered injury since taking part in the sport as a professional athlete, breaking her collar bone in the Tsunami II event in 2008.
Last week, Zara was out enjoying Glorious Goodwood with friends who gathered round to coo at her ever-growing pregnancy tummy, proudly displayed in a sunshine yellow frock.
She looked a picture of health and happiness teaming her bright outfit with a black leather Mulberry clutch bag, nude patent heels, and tied her hair back into a neat, low bun underneath a chic black pill box hat.
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