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Last Updated: Monday December 11 2006 09:06 GMT

Zara is top Sports Personality

Zara Phillips

The Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, has won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, 35 years after her mum got the prize.

The award is voted for by the public, and horse riding star Zara took it ahead of golfer Darren Clarke and gymnast Beth Tweddle.

She's had a great year in her sport, and won both the European and World Equestrian titles on her horse Toytown.

"To win this is absolutely amazing," she said at the ceremony.

Zara Phillips
Born July 27, 1981
Bought Toytown, then aged seven, in 1999
Finishes second at the Burghley Horse Trials in 2003
Missed 2004 Olympics after leg injury to Toytown
Wins individual and team gold at the 2005 European Eventing Championships
Wins individual gold at the 2006 World Equestrian Games
Her mum, Princess Anne, got the award in 1971.

Arsenal and England footballer Theo Walcott won the Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

Zara was surprised and delighted by her win. "There were so many fantastic people up for the award, I personally didn't expect to win, " she said.

"It's great for my sport. The people that voted obviously viewed what we did this year and seen what it's about.

"Hopefully it'll encourage more people to come and get involved."

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