“Winning over Great Britain as this year’s partner country means the fulfilment of a long-standing heartfelt wish. The Brits have so much to offer – both as a sports nation and in terms of tourist attractions,” added Birgit Rosenberg. The Head of Sports at the CHIO Aachen, who is also responsible for the show programme, is delighted about the announcement of a royal visit on the evening of the Opening Ceremony on June 27th: “The fact that Princess Anne is coming to Aachen, demonstrates the great significance the CHIO Aachen enjoys also at international level.”

Equestrian sports and horse breeding are a highly appreciated tradition in Great Britain that dates back many years and which is also very deep-rooted within the Royal family. Princess Anne herself became the youngest eventer to win the European Championships in 1971, and her daughter Zara Tindall won the World Champion title in Aachen at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2006 – witnessed by her mother, who is now returning to the Aachen Soers 17 years later. Namely, when the Opening Ceremony of the CHIO Aachen 2023 traditionally impresses the crowds as a spectacular, floodlit event. “This unique atmosphere will bring many unforgettable moments,” Birgit Rosenberg is convinced. The big show before the top sport has long since proved to be a perfect entertainment show in the Main Stadium in front of 40,000 spectators. The motto of the evening: “All you need is love”, based on the legendary Beatles hymn. Among others, the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, that are well-known as the Royal Guards from the magnificent parade’s on London’s streets, will enchant the crowd with their world-famous Musical Ride Display. They will be accompanied by the Grand National Shetland Ponys, magnificent, typical British carriages and – of course – plenty of music.

Press release / CHIO Aachen
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Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, during her last visit to Aachen.