Cheltenham Festival 2013: guard stops Zara Phillips crossing parade ring
Published 13/03/2013 | 08:25
She may be the Queen’s grand-daughter but that did not stop security guards at Cheltenham Festival from blocking Zara Phillips access to the parade ring.
Princess Anne's daughter was left unimpressed by the actions of overzealous security who appeared not to recognise her on the opening day of the racing event.
The 31 year-old, accompanied by her husband, Mike Tindall, the former England rugby captain, was prevented from crossing the parade ring after one race.
Dressed in a cream coat and purple hat with a pair of feathers, the Olympic Silver medallist at last year's London games was seen in animated discussion with the guard, who refused to budge.
She was eventually let through and was later seen laughing off the incident with her 34 year-old husband, who she married in 2011. She was also seen enjoying festivies with jockey AP McCoy's wife, Chanelle.
Organisers backed the unnamed guard who was “doing his job” by keeping the safety of guests paramount.
A Cheltenham Festival spokesman said: “After each race we have a line of security guards in the middle of the parade ring, whose job it is to stop people walking from one side to the other in front of the winning and placed horses who are about to walk in.
“That is what happened in this case. We would support the actions of the stewards 100 per cent.
“He was doing his job and looking after the safety of the public, which at that point she is a member of.”