Princess Anne on brink of tears as she recalls Olympic legacy: ‘I’m sad’

Princess Anne's 'underrated style' discussed by commentators

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The Princess Royal said: “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.” 

Princess Anne also opened up on the memories from the Olympic Games she attended in the 1970s. 

As her voice appeared to crack with emotion while recalling the historic experience, the royal continued: “I do remember from my own Olympic journey the anticipation and excitement of stepping onto the Olympic stage. 

“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 that 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 Autumn.” 

Princess Anne has a long association with the Olympics.

She is the President of Team GB, the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Olympic Team run by the British Olympic Association, and a member of the International Olympic Committee. 

But most notably, she has taken part in the Olympic Games herself in 1976.

The hard-working royal became the first-ever member of the Royal Family to compete in the Games when she rode the Queen’s horse Goodwill in the equestrian three-day event during the Montreal Olympics. 


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