Zara Phillips gets the full royal treatment from the stands

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Catherine, Duchess  of Cambridge and Prince William bring out their shades to watch the eventing cross country equestrian event on Day 3 of the London at Greenwich Park on Monday. (Getty Images)

It's not often you see Kate and William wear the same designer.

At least for a while.

Zara horseBut this is the Olympics, and staying in uniform seems the appropriate thing to do. In this case, it's the Team Great Britain garb of blue or white adidas shirts adorned with the Team Great Britain logo. Sunglasses and navy blazer are optional. (Kate wore the navy Smythe blazer she had last summer, from Toronto designers Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe.)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took their Olympic ambassador roles to Greenwich Park on Monday, joining a throng of relatives who were supporting cousin Zara Phillips as she competed in the cross-country competition of the three-day eventing aboard High Kingdom (right).

Later, Kate looked much more elegant, wearing a Roksanda Ilincic 'Peridot' dress (about $1,000) as she attended a reception to support the GREAT campaign to promote British trade and tourism. For that event, she went solo as William and Harry stayed with the Games.

In the morning, though, it was all family time at the equestrian venue. Included in the royal cheerleading group were Camilla, Prince Harry and princesses Eugenie and Beatrice. London Games' charirman Sebastian Coe also sat with the VIP group in the stands, while Phillips' mother, Princess Anne, watched from ground level.

No one left disappointed. The Queen's granddaughter had a clean ride in completing the Olympic course in 9 minutes, 55 seconds, eight seconds ahead of the time limit.

"The crowd was unbelievable," Phillips said. "I hope I didn't take any heads off on the way cutting corners."

The cross country portion of eventing tests horse and rider in a variety of ways, with sharp turns and tricky jumps. Several riders fell -- including Canada's Hawley Bennett-Awadm, who was taken to hospital -- and horses often slipped on the challenging course.

Phillips' personal cheering section was full marks for support, cheering and clapping as she entered the stadium aboard High Kingdom and later as she finished her round.

Phillips is following in the Olympic equestrian hoofsteps of her father and mother. Anne competed at the 1976 Olympics and father Mark won team gold in 1972 and a silver in 1988.

After the event, brothers William and Harry split from the group to watch the British men's gymnastics team at the North Greenwich arena.

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The personal cheering section for Zara Phillips: Camilla, Kate, William, Sebastian Coe,  Harry, Eugenie and Beatrice. (Reuters)

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Day and night ... Kate employs a couple of different looks on Monday. She started the day in casual jeans and t-shirt with a blazer, then glamed up considerably in the evening for a solo appearance at the Royal Academy of Arts, a reception for the government's GREAT campaign.

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Camilla, Duchess  of Cornwall has the full attention of Kate Middleton and Prince William during the equestrian eventing cross country phase at the Olympics. (Reuters)

 Prince Harry and his cousin, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, watch the eventing cross country on at Greenwich Park. (Getty Images)

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Steve Redgrave, left, a retired British rower who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games, Denise Lewis, who won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, PrincPrince Prince William and Prince  Harry applaud during the men's gymnastics team final in the North Greenwich Arena on Monday. The British team claimed the bronze medal. (Reuters)




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You might like to mention Zara's brother and sister-in-law sitting directly behind Harry and the two princesses!

@ Jennifer Barratt I am not sure what pictures you are looking at, but no pictures posted here show Peter or Autumn Phillips.

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