Despite falling off of her horse just last week, the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips has said that she will get back in the saddle as soon as possible and continue to compete competitively.
Zara and her England rugby husband, Mike Tindall announced the news that they were expecting their first child today, a few weeks ahead of the birth of Kate and Prince William's baby. Zara's child will be 16th in line to the throne and will be the Queen's fourth-great grandchild.
The baby will be due in the new year as Zara is currently three months pregnant.
A spokesman for the silver medal winning Olympian has announced that it will be "business as usual" for the royal and that she has a series of events lined up.
They said: "She is entered into several events, but as with any rider, they treat each event on a case-by-case basis and if she pulls out of an event it will be because the horse isn't ready, rather than her."
Zara Phillips with her husband Mike Tindall who are expecting their first child in the new year (Credit: Paul Terry/WENN.com)
Currently Zara is set to appear in three separate events before the end of July with rides on six different horses.
The pregnant royal was given the all clear from her doctor after the recent fall and was told that she and the baby are "fine". Zara told the press: "The team doctor said that the baby was perfectly safe inside you, if you're happy with what you're doing just crack on."
She added that a fall in the first six weeks of pregnancy could cause complications and even a miscarriage but "after that it's much safer".