Princess Anne Discusses Competing in Olympics After Riding Career Shown in 'The Crown'

Queen Elizabeth II's daughter Princess Anne sent Britain's Olympic team a good luck message in which she discussed her horse riding career—which is referenced in the latest season of The Crown.

The Princess Royal is president of the British Olympic Association and told this year's competitors their games will be as important as any other in spite of the impact of COVID.

Anne became the first royal to compete in an Olympics, riding the queen's horse in the three-day event at Montreal in 1976.

Fans of The Crown may recall seeing her riding in Season Four, though in a break with history she is described as show jumping rather than eventing.

Erin Doherty played the royal with a little help from showjumper Amy Inglis who stood in for some of the action scenes, according to the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI).

Anne, the queen's second child, told Team GB in a video message: "As your President, I would like to wish you every success for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Although I am sad not to be there in person, I and the whole nation will be cheering for you and proudly supporting you from home.

"I do remember from my own Olympic journey the anticipation and excitement of stepping onto the Olympic stage.

#FBF Princess Anne training with her horse 'Goodwill' before competing in the 1976 @Olympics Three-Day Event

— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) November 13, 2015

"But also the single-minded focus on what you need to do. I know that you have all worked incredibly hard for this moment, during the most challenging of times, and I hope you will find the Team GB environment a support and an inspiration for you.

"This is your Olympics. It will be different, but not in its importance to you. Savour it, and above all, enjoy it.

"Good luck, and I look forward to celebrating your achievements with you in the autumn."

Princess Anne rode the queen's horse, Goodwill, in the Montreal Games in 1976 but suffered a concussion after a fall.

During the ITV documentary Anne: The Princess Royal at 70, Jane Holderness-Roddam, her lady in waiting, said: "I wasn't at the Olympics, I couldn't go, so it was all on the television what we saw.

"What I didn't know at the time was she had this awful fall, but she got back on and competed.

"She was that concussed that she couldn't remember—and still to this day I believe can't remember—the rest of the course."

In an interview with FEI, Inglis described riding for the filming of The Crown.

She said: "It was really good fun. I sat down to have my make-up done and found myself next to Olivia Colman. I just thought 'I shouldn't be here!' Everyone was so lovely. It was hard work, and there was a lot of jumping to do. We had to go round the course so many times to get all the shots they needed from different angles."

Real Princess Anne Vs The Crown
Princess Anne as depicted by Erin Doherty in Season Four of The Crown and in real life during a video message for Britain's Team GB Tokyo Olympic team ahead of the start of the games this week. The princess competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Des Willie and Buckingham Palace