Giddy up! Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and cousin to Princes Harry and William, has been nominated to be part of the U.K.’s five-person Olympic team, the British Equestrian Federation announced Monday. Phillips, 31, was picked for the nomination after a series of strong performances, most notably her third-place finish at Bramham last weekend. Phillips has been out of the limelight since her 2006 World Championship, but galloped back into the competitive ring last year on her new horse, High Kingdom. “I am really excited and can’t wait to get on and get him out there,” Phillips said in a statement on Monday. She’ll pick up the torch from her parents, Princess Anne and Capt. Mark Phillips, both of whom competed for Britain in the Olympics.
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