One misplaced step brought her hopes of gold crashing down.
Zara Phillips and her horse High Kingdom clipped a fence in the equestrian eventing final yesterday.
In that split second, the Queen’s granddaughter and her teammates narrowly lost out on the first British gold of the London Olympics.
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Out of step: Zara Phillips looks down in horror as her horse, High Kingdom, takes an extra step and clips the fence, costing her team crucial points during yesterday's equestrian eventing final
Emotional: The Queen's granddaughter is comforted by her husband, former England rugby captain Mike Tindall after her performance
Emotional: Zara Phillips broke down in an interview after her performance
After an otherwise outstanding performance, the team took silver. But Zara’s delight was tinged with disappointment, and when husband Mike Tindall rushed to comfort her, she buried her face in his shoulder.
As the pole fell, there were gasps of horror from the royal spectators, including the Duchess of Cambridge and Princes William and Harry.
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They knew Zara needed to put on a perfect show-jumping performance to take gold from the Germans. William and Kate were seen clapping their hands to their mouths in horror when the pole dropped to the floor, costing the team the crucial points.
Tindall immediately rushed backstage to the paddock to meet his wife.
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