Longines has presented it Ladies Award 2016 to The Princess Royal in London.
The Longines Ladies Award 2016 was presented to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, celebrating her lifelong achievements at the very highest level of equine sport.
Princess Anne attended the presentation ceremony at the Natural History Museum on Monday on the eve of Royal Ascot.
Multiple Olympic Eventing medallist William-Fox Pitt said The Princess Royal has been “huge for the sport of Eventing” throughout his career. He said: “I think that she was a top rider, a legend in her own right and then she’s taken our sport on and helped the sport develop. She’s got the interests of the sport and horses in general at her heart.”
The Princess Royal competed for several years with the British Eventing team. In 1971, she became European Champion and in the same year was nominated for Sportswoman of the Year by the Sports Writer’s Association, the Daily Express and World Sport. A few weeks later, she was voted BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year by the British public.
She went on to win three more European Championship medals, team bronze in 1973 and in 1975 she took the individual and team silver medals. The following year, The Princess Royal was selected to compete for Great Britain in the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada.
The Princess Royal’s great accomplishments led to her appointment as President of the International Equestrian Federation for two terms between 1986 and 1994. She became President of the British Olympic Association in 1983 and is a Member of the International Olympic Committee. In more recent years, Her Royal Highness was instrumental in London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games and was a member of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.
Mr. Juan-Carlos Capelli, vice president and head of international marketing of Longines said: “We are delighted to honour Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal as the recipient of this year’s Longines Ladies Award. She is a formidably talented horsewoman and deserves huge praise for her achievements and contributions in the equestrian world as both a competitor and administrator. Longines is thrilled to present her with this special award.”