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Royals expected to attend Badminton Horse Trials

imageMembers of the royal family are expected to attend the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials this week. The Trials is a yearly equestrian event that takes place at Badminton House in the Duke of Beaufort’s estate.

The dukedom of Beaufort was established in the late seventeenth century after being granted to the third Marquess of Worcester in reward for his service to the Stuart monarchy.

Badminton House is currently the family home of the 11th Duke of Beaufort. He is also the President of the Horse Trials and was a very successful rider in the sport, being placed second at the Trials event in 1959.

It was the 10th Duke of Beaufort whose idea it was to hold an event in his Gloucestershire park in order for British riders to train for future international events. The first event was held in 1949. Today, over 200,000 people attend the three day event on the estate.

Last year Zara Tindall took part in the event, only to retire from competing after making a mistake on the cross-country course. She will not be competing this year after the birth of her daughter, Mia, in January, but is one member of the royal family expected to be in attendance at the event.

The Princess Royal has also competed at the Trials many times in her equestrian career. Famously, when the Princess had an accident with one of her horses at the event, she allegedly told photographers to “naff off” as they took photos of her.

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