Hauling herself up a climbing wall, Mia Tindall showed off her sense of adventure today at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
The Queen’s five-year-old great-granddaughter, kept safe from falling by a red harness, seemed determined to be a Royal highness as she fearlessly scaled the wall.
Dressed in navy leggings and green wellington boots, she confidently grasped the climbing holds as she made her way up. She even dared to sneak a quick glance down to check on her cousin Isla Phillips who was also on the wall.
And just when it seemed she was being overtaken by Isla, Mia redoubled her effort to get back in front – and even took a swing on the rope.
The action girl was enjoying the sunshine on a day out with Isla, seven, and her eight-year-old sister Savannah – the daughters of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly – at the equestrian event taking place minutes from Windsor Castle.
It’s perhaps no surprise that little Mia took so easily to her daring challenge – given that her father, Mike Tindall, is a former England rugby captain and her mother Zara, Princess Anne’s daughter, is an Olympic silver medallist in eventing.
Busy Mia also leapt into the driving seat of a scaled-down white Land Rover Defender and drove it around a circuit marked by hay-bales. It was an echo of the promotion Zara did for Land Rover in 2006, when she became the first Royal to appear in an advert.
After her action-packed day Mia was refreshed by a well-deserved ‘99’ ice-cream cone.
The annual show runs until May 12 and is one of the Queen’s favourite equestrian events of the year, with the 93-year-old monarch herself in attendance today to present the best turn out trooper awards.
She could be seen beaming with joy as she watched the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Berkshire on Saturday, just days after the arrival of her eighth great-grandchild, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Queen braced herself for the threat of rain in a collared khaki trench-coat, matching gloves and a green silk headscarf, before changing into a more summery pink ensemble when handing out the awards.
The monarch drove herself to the event in her black Range Rover and mingled with other spectators while taking in the action.
Her husband Prince Philip, 97, arrived in the passenger seat after giving up his driving licence earlier this year following a collision with another car near the Sandringham estate that saw his Land Rover overturned.
Meanwhile, Zara’s ex-rugby player husband Mike Tindall recently revealed that he heard about the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son, Archie, via a message on the royal cousins’ WhatsApp group.
Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: ‘[Harry will] be a great dad. We’ll just let him ease into it himself, find out his own way. The thing is, we’re so lucky with ours; ours have always slept so hopefully they’ll get that as well.
‘Obviously, he’s godfather to Lena, but we’ve got a great group of young ones in the family now. Lena and obviously Louis are similar ages and Mia’s sort of in between Charlotte and George, and then you’ve got Peter’s children Savannah and Isla who are just a little bit older.
‘James (Viscount Severn, Prince Edward’s son) is, well not exactly the ring leader, but he’s the oldest. So, yeah, it’s going to be a good little group. And Harry, he’s busy, but he loves playing with them all and he’ll be a good dad.’
The five-day Royal Windsor Horse Show, held in Berkshire, is now in its 76th year and attracts well-heeled visitors from all over the world.
It sees competitors taking part in a range of events from show jumping to dressage, along with displays from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and DAKS Pony Club – and is the only occasion on which members of the public are able to enjoy the palace grounds.
The Queen is believed to have attended every single year since it began as a wartime fundraising event back in 1943.
The event is intrinsically linked with the royal family; both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh competed at it during their younger years, with Prince Philip entering the Carriage Driving at Royal Windsor Horse Show for 30 years, winning it just once in 1982.
In more recent years, the Queen has watched many of her own horses take part in the showing class competitions.
Earlier this year, cousins Prince George and Mia proved they are already the best of friends as the adorable pair laughed and played together during a day out at the Burnham Market Horse Trials in Norfolk in April.
There already seemed to be a sense of competition between the two five-year-old cousins, with Mia boldly squaring up to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest son and placing an affectionate hand on his forehead to compare heights.