Organisers of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (3-7 May) have announced that some special Royal guests will be watching the final day’s action.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will watch the showjumping on the final day (Monday, 7th May). William and Kate will then present the prizes to the successful competitors.

While the Duke, like his brother, Prince Harry, is a keen rider, the Duchess has a well-documented allergy to horses –  although she has attended Badminton before, in a private capacity.

This year’s Badminton is one of the last chances for eventers to impress the Olympic selectors. With the fifth spot in Team GBR very much open, the Duke’s cousin, Zara Phillips, will be hoping to impress with Trevor Hemmings’ High Kingdom, 10th at Burghley last year.

The Duke and Duchess are carrying out a number of public engagements in the coming weeks. Their appearances in public together have been limited by the Duke’s full-time work as an RAF search-and-rescue pilot, which has included a spell in the Falklands.