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Zara Phillips Makes Olympic Equestrian Debut

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Following Queen Elizabeth II's appearance at the Olympics opening ceremony, the royals were back in full force at the games Sunday, watching the Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips compete in the Dressage portion of the equestrian event competition at Greenwich Park.

"To be here at home is an amazing feeling, and you just want to try and do your best for the team," Phillips told the Washington Post.

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Although the Queen was missing in action this go-round, her husband Prince Philip was on hand to watch Zara compete, as was Zara's mother Princess Anne.

Zara was practically destined for Olympic equestrianism: Princess Anne herself participated on the U.K. team at the 1976 games, the first British royal ever to compete in the Olympics (Zara makes the second). And though Anne didn't medal, Zara's dad did: Capt. Mark Phillips won equestrian team gold in the 1972 Munich games and silver in 1988 in Seoul.

Zara will return to the competition Monday for the Cross Country event, which Phillips's cousin, Prince William, and Kate Middleton are expected to attend, according to People.

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