Princess Anne may be The Queen‘s only daughter, but with three European Championship medals under her belt, the 1971 BBC Sports Personality of the Year title, an Olympics to her name (Montreal in 1976) and a stint as the president of the FEI (1986-1994),  this horswoman is an icon of the equestrian world in her own right.

On her 65th birthday today (15 August 2015), we’ve dug into the archives to celebrate Princess Anne’s status as equestrian royalty — from her competition days to watching the next generation in action.

Princess Anne in pictures

1971

Burghley greats
Princess Anne and Doublet on their way to an eventing European Championship individual gold medal at Burghley in 1971

1973

Princess Anne riding Goodwill at the European Championships in Kiev 1973
Princess Anne and Goodwill at the European Championships in Kiev 1973

1976

Montreal 1976
Princess Anne makes her Olympic debut in Montreal in 1976 with Goodwill, in front of an impressive crowd for the dressage. She was the first member of the British royal family to compete in an Olympics

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1981

12 Sep 1981
Princess Anne and  Stevie B at the 20th fence of the 1981 Burghley cross-country course

1981

British Royalty. Burghley Horse Trials., England. 1981. Princess
Stevie B and Princess Anne take a tumble in the water at Burghley in 1981

1983

The Queen and Princess Anne in the Royal Procession at Ascot 15.6.1983
The Queen and Princess Anne in the royal procession at Ascot in June 1983

2010

Great yorkshire show , gt yorks show 2010 13 July
In July 2010, Princess Anne presents Major Moylaw with his prize at the Great Yorkshire Show

2010

NPS NATIONAL PONY SOCIETY CHAMPIONSHIPS MALVERN 2010
Princess Anne at the National Pony Society Championships in 2010

2011

Gatcombe 07 08 2011
The next generation: Princess Anne helps Zara Phillips officilally retire her European and world champion horse Toytown at Gatcombe in 2011

2011

burghley, 2011
2011 Burghley Horse Trials winner William Fox-Pitt receives his prize from Princess Anne, who won the title herself 40 years earlier on Doublet

2012

LONDON Olympics 2012 Event Dressage 29 07 2012
A proud moment: Princess Anne and her father Prince Philip watch  Zara and High Kingdom in the dressage phase of the London 2012 Olympic Games in Greenwich Park

2012

LONDON Olympics Eventing Showjumping  31 07 2012Princess Anne presents Zara, and her team mates Nicola Wilson, Tina Cook, Mary King and William Fox-Pitt, with their silver medals at London 2012