Princess Royal presents Mary King’s MBE

PUBLISHED: 12:31 14 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:31 14 March 2013

Equestrian and Olympian Mary King at Buckingham Palace in London today where she received an MBE. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 12, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Investiture . Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Equestrian and Olympian Mary King at Buckingham Palace in London today where she received an MBE. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 12, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Investiture . Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Princess Royal presented sporting hero Mary King with an MBE, giving the pair a chance for a ‘nice horsey chat’.

East Devon Olympic hero Mary King ‘had a nice horsey chat’ with the Princess Royal last week when she presented the three-day event rider with an MBE.

Married mother-of-two Mary, 51, who lives at Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, has represented Great Britain at six Olympic Games since 1992. She said it was a ‘huge honour’ to receive the award.

Mary, who won a team silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics with the Great Britain eventing team, knows the Princess Royal through the equestrian world and through competing with Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Phillips.

Speaking about her MBE, Mary said: “It is lovely, it is an absolute honour, it is something I have always hoped I would get one day. It was one of my ambitions.

“I know Princess Anne very well, obviously through the equestrian world where she is so prominent and in competing with Zara at Greenwich in the London Olympics. We had a nice horsey chat.”

Mary, who was one of the oldest members of Team GB, said the London Games had been ‘the best’. She is now looking ahead to the 2016 Olympics.

“I hope to try and get to Rio, that is my aim, we shall see what happens,” Mary said.

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