Captain Mark Phillips 'inseparable from new girlfriend’ thought to be daughter’s age

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The two were snapped together as he supported his daughter Zara Tindall, 41, at a horsing event. The Queen’s granddaughter, Zara, was cheered by her father, 74, along with the woman he is thought to be “inseparable” from – Belgian equestrian Florence Standaert, rumoured to be almost the same age as Zara.

Zara was taking part in the Land Rover Burghley Horse trials in Lincolnshire when her father’s possible new partner was spotted. A source at the event told the Daily Mail: “She’s his new girlfriend”.

Ms Standaert and Mr Phillips were reportedly inseparable during the event, which has returned after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is taking place from Thursday to Sunday.

Ms Standaert’s late long-term boyfriend Thomas Ryckewaert ran the Waregem horse trials in Belgium until he died at 63 in 2019.

A year later, Mr Phillips designed a cross-country course at Waregem. This was run by Ms Standaert at the time.

Mr Phillips divorced Princess Anne, 72, in 1992, after they had been married for 19 years. They had got married on November 14, 1973, in Westminster Abbey.

READ MORE: 33 years ago Princess Anne and Captain Phillips separated [REVEAL]

Princess Anne married Commander Tim Laurence in the same year that she divorced Mr Phillips. The Olympic gold medal winner would then marry American dressage rider Sandy Pflueger, 67, in 1997,

However, they separated in 2012. There was then speculation that he would get engaged to American showjumper Lauren Hough, 45 – but this never materialised.

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