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Zara and Mike's families 'delighted' by baby news

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall have announced they are expecting their first baby in the new year.

The birth will follow the keenly anticipated arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby, which is expected in the coming days.

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall on their wedding day in July 2011. Credit: Stuart Wallace/Sunday Times/PA Wire

Buckingham Palace, using Zara's married name, said in short statement: "Mr and Mrs Mike Tindall are very pleased to announce that Zara Tindall is expecting a baby in the new year.

"The Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips, Mr Phillip and Mrs Linda Tindall, and members of both families are delighted with the news.

"This baby will be the first child for Mike and Zara and the third grandchild for the Princess Royal."

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Zara Phillips retires from Badminton Horse Trials

Zara Phillip retired from competing at the Badminton Horse Trials after making a mistake on the cross-country course.

Zara Phillips on High Kingdom completely misses the second of two brush jumps while taking part in the cross-country. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

After a good start during yesterday's dressage stage, Phillips - who was riding High Kingdom - missed the second of two brush jumps in the Lake and pulled up.

It means she can no longer take part in tomorrow's show jumping stage.

Zara Phillips closing in on leaders at horse trials

Zara Phillips put herself firmly in contention at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials today with a quality dressage performance on her London 2012 horse High Kingdom.

Phillips, the Queen's granddaughter, posted a dressage score of 44.3 penalties that kept her firmly in touch with the leading group midway day two.

Zara Phillips on her horse High Kingdom. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
The crowds applaud Zara Phillips after finishing the dressage on her horse High Kingdom. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Feathers and fur: Ladies' Day at the Cheltenham Festival

Mimi Theobald from Inverness arrives for Ladies Day with her husband Doug Theobald, a retired Royal Australian Navy officer Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Braving the cold at the Cheltenham Festival the coats have stayed on and lots of fur has been on show, but despite the weather the hats have been no less impressive.

Styles this year seem to favour smaller hats with plenty of feathers making an appearance.

Princess Anne and Zara Phillips arrive for Ladies Day at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Sarah Jordan (left) and Kirsty Scaplehorn from Cheltenham attend Ladies Day Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

How does Ladies' Day compare to last year?

Gallery: Ladies dress to impress at Cheltenham Festival 2012.

Ferniche Millinery poses for a picture during Ladies Day Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

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Zara Phillips to strut her stuff Gangnam style

Zara Phillips with her horse High Kingdom on day four of the London Olympic Games Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Zara Phillips is putting her equestrian skills to a new use - by perfecting the Gangnam Style dance.

The dance, which involves bounding around as though straddling a horse, shot to worldwide fame after becoming a hit on You Tube.

South Korean star Psy performing Gangnam Style on NBC Credit: NBC News

Phillips, the granddaughter of the Queen, will be joined by other figures from the Olympic eventing team for the performance in aid of Children In Need.

Zara Phillips 'hungry for more medals'

Zara Phillips has told Daybreak that she is hungry for more success after becoming the first British royal to win an Olympic medal.

Joined by the rest of the Team GB eventing team, she told Daybreak: "We'll take it one year at the time, in our sport it's better to do just yearly goals but being at one Olympics make you hungry for the next one."

Zara Phillips delights home crowd

Zara Phillips riding High Kingdom on the cross country course during The Eventing at Greenwich Park. Credit: PA

Zara Phillips delivered a good performance on her Olympics cross-country debut at Greenwich Park to keep Great Britain firmly in medal condition.

The Queen's granddaughter was watched from the main arena stands by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cheer Zara Phillips as she enters the Arena during the Cross Country Phase of The Eventing. Credit: PA

The 31-year-old former world champion produced a clear round inside the time, completing a course that claimed its fair share of casualties.

Seven of the first 27 combinations fell and were eliminated, but Phillips kept control all the way around a testing track that was very slippery in places.

Five combinations were clear inside the time as the competition entered its second half - Phillips, Wilson, Germany's Ingrid Klimke, Sweden's Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Australian Christopher Burton.

Phillips finished on her dressage score of 46.10.

Zara clinches Olympic spot following Bramham success

Zara Phillips been chosen alongside William Fox-Pitt, Mary King, Piggy French and Tina Cook for London 2012.

She clinched her spot in the team following a third-placed finish at the Bramham International CIC three-star class after posting a personal best dressage score, and then jumping clear in the showjumping and cross-country phases.

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