Zara Tindall is elegant in a rich burgundy coat at Cheltenham Festival

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Berry nice! Zara Tindall is elegant in a rich burgundy coat and floral headpiece as she makes a rare public appearance with her father Captain Mark Phillips on Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham

  •  Zara Tindall arrived at Gloucestershire racecourse for Gold Cup day at Cheltenham Festival this afternoon
  • Mother-of-three Zara, 40, looked elegant in a berry-coloured coat and matching hat for the occasion 
  • Crowds have returned after organisers held 2021's event behind closed doors due to the Covid pandemic 
  • The event is a favourite of the Royal Family, including equestrian Zara and her husband Mike 

By Monica Greep For Mailonline

Published: 09:10 EDT, 18 March 2022 | Updated: 10:24 EDT, 18 March 2022

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The Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall looked elegant in a berry-coloured coat as she arrived for the final day of Cheltenham Festival this afternoon. 

The 40-year-old equestrian beamed as she arrived at the Gloucestershire racecourse with her father Captain Mark Phillips on Gold Cup day.  

Looking typically polished, Zara opted for a and headpiece by London-based milliner Bee Smith and rich burgundy coat by The Pretty Dress Company.  

The event is a favourite of the Royal Family, and Zara's mother, the Princess Royal, joined Cheltenham Racecourse chairman Martin St Quinton at the racecourse. 

The Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall looked elegant in a berry-coloured coat as she arrived for the final day of Cheltenham Festival this afternoon

Zara's berry pink wool coat featured a high wrap collar, belted waist and longline silhouette and the royal paired the ensemble with a pair of knee-length purple suede boots from Dune. 

The black headpiece featured a burgundy floral display and Zara teamed the look with earrings by London-based jewellery designer Laurence Coste and a matching leather bag from Aspinal of London.  

The equestrian has attended every day of the event, joining mother Princess Anne, husband Mike Tindall and brother Peter Phillips at various points throughout the week. 

Captain Mark, 73, is an Army Captain and Olympic equestrian who married Princess Anne in 1973 at Westminster Abbey and had children Peter and Zara. 

The 40-year-old equestrian beamed as she arrived at the Gloucestershire racecourse with her father Captain Mark Phillips on Gold Cup day

It is thought that he was offered a royal title by the Queen, however denied the honor in order to keep the title 'Captain'.  

 Phillips and Anne, 71, divorced in 1992 after he fathered an illegitimate daughter during an affair. In 1997 he tied the knot with Hawaiian horse rider Sandy Pflueger, although the pair separated in 2012. 

Credited with helping his daughter forge a successful career in the sport, Captain Phillips was himself a champion eventer and served as Chef d'Equipe for the US eventing team.  

 This year's festival marks the first time Cheltenham has welcomed punters since 2020, after the pandemic forced organisers to hold last year's event behind closed doors.

Checks and tartan clashing fabrics were the theme of the day, with glamorous guests channelling country chic as they attended Gold Cup Day, where the 'cream of the crop' race each other, in style, before getting merry as festivities came to a close in the afternoon.     

Zara's berry pink wool coat featured a high wrap collar, belted waist and longline silhouette and the royal paired the ensemble with a pair of knee-length purple suede boots from Dune

The racing event was accused of being a super-spreader event after it was one of the last major sporting fixtures to be held with spectators in March 2020. 

High profile guests including Andrew Parker Bowles, comedian Lee Mack and footballer Charlie Austin all contracted the virus after attending that year's spectacle.   

However, this hasn't stopped racing enthusiasts from descending on the Gloucestershire course this year, with up to 250,000 people expected to attend over the course of four days.

Among them, several famous faces have been spotted, as well as rocker Rod Stewart, 77, and his wife Penny Lancaster, 51 as well as members of the Royal Family.

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