A horse pulling Princess Beatrice into Royal Ascot got spooked and threatened to bolt, having to be brought under control. The princess was sitting next to her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi when the horse bucked and pulled at the reins, veering off path and towards the central lawn.
Members of the crowd held their breath while the horse strained at the reins, threatening to jump or run off. But “expert handling” by the rider kept the horse from bolting, while it was unclipped from the procession, and Princess Beatrice’s carriage.
The incident happened on the final day of Ascot on Saturday, while Beatrice was sitting next to her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. An onlooker said: “As they started disembarking, one of the horses quite violently freaked out.
“At one moment it looked like it was going to go into a barrier. It was only incredible horsemanship from the young lady on the horse that stopped it.”