Princess Anne needs walking stick

Princess Anne had to rely on a walking stick after her horse kicked her over the weekend.

The 57-year-old Princess Royal – who rode for Great Britain in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada – hobbled around Edinburgh’s Palace of Holyroodhouse using the wooden stick for support as she continued with her official duties.

While Buckingham Palace, home to Anne’s mother Queen Elizabeth, declined to comment on the incident, a royal source said: “I understand she was kicked by a horse while at home at Gatcombe Park at the weekend. That said, very little stops the Princess Royal from conducting her duties, and she’s got a packed programme of engagements in Scotland this week.

“She’s simply using the stick to take her weight of her injured leg, but shouldn’t need it for too long.”

This is the latest in a string of equestrian disasters for the royal family.

Last month, Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips had to pull out of this summer’s Beijing Olympics following her horse Toytown suffering an injury during training.

The incident caused the end of Zara’s Olympic dreams for the second time – the royal and her horse missed out on the competition in 2004.