In London, Prince Charles led a team of show jumpers and polo players to victory over a team of eventers and celebrities led by his brother-in-law Mark Phillips.
SV INTERIOR Prince Charles jumping fences
SV Princes Anne's husband, Captain Mark Phillips on horseback beside, Jimmy Hill and Willy Carson and BBC commentator Angela Rippon
GV Prince Charles receiving rosettes for horse with Mark Phillips on horseback beside him
Mark Phillips, Willy Carson, Johnny Kidd mounting camels
GV Prince Charles attempting to mount camel with a ladder as crowd applauds (2 shots)
SV Prince Charles finally mounts camel and it sits down as crowd looks on (2 shots)
GV & SV Camel race begins and finishes
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Background: In London, Prince Charles led a team of show jumpers and polo players to victory over a team of eventers and celebrities led by his brother-in-law Mark Phillips. They were jumping at the opening night of the Olympia International Horse Show, and there were a few surprises, both for the audience and the competitors.
SYNOPSIS: Prince Charles was the lat member of his team to jump. Wearing the colours of Windsor Park Polo Club, he went round with just one fence down, giving his rivals very little chance to improve on his team's performance. Each team had eight riders who performed in four-horse relays.
The Prince's brother-in-law, Captain Mark Phillips was the head of the other team, which included local sporting and television identities. The competitors were in a light-hearted mood as they opened the charity evening in aid of the British Equestrian Olympic Fund. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were in attendance.
The height of the show came in this unique competition. The first time that members of the Royal family -- already known for their equestrian skills, have chosen this type of mount. But the Prince's camel was not impressed by his royal rider.
And even after the job of mounting had ben done, Prince Charles' camel was not at all sure it was interested in the prospect of a little competition. But the moment of camel stubbornness delighted the audience and eventually the camel rose to the occasion.
The event will not be remembered as one of the most gripping of racing competition. But it will add to the Prince's reputation as a man who relishes a silly moment -- and doesn't mind being the butt of it. The Prince's comment at the end of the race? "He found camels emitted a most evil-smelling air from both ends!"