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Zara Tindall: The ‘rebellious’ royal who found quiet with husband Mike
May 15, 2022
Zara Tindall arrive at her wedding in 2011
The Queen’s eldest granddaughter celebrates her 41st birthday today. Zara Tindall — daughter of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips — is likely to spend the big day in private with her family. However, tonight, her children — Mia, eight, Lena, three, and Lucas, one — will feature in the final performance of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, so it is suspected that Zara and her husband, Mike Tindall, will be in attendance.
Ahead of Zara’s birthday, Mike shared a photograph of the pair on Instagram.
The couple, who had been taking part in a charity golf day which raises money for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust and The Matt Hampson Foundation, cuddled up for a sweet photo on the golf course.
Mike captioned the loved-up snap: “Couldn’t resist getting a photo with my sporting idol!!!”
The couple have been together since 2003, a time when Zara had been enjoying a party lifestyle.
Zara found a quieter life with Mike Tindall. (Image: Getty Images)
Zara and Mike have been together since 2003. (Image: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Mark Phillips described his daughter as a “wild child” and referred to an unexpected piercing Zara had chosen to get.
In 1998, Zara showed up at Prince Charles’s 50th birthday party with a tongue piercing.
Mark told The Times in 2015: “She [Zara] used to be wild child, didn’t she, tongue studs and all? She still is.”
The captain suggested partying is part of the sporting life: “You’re living on the edge. That’s why the adrenalin has to be there and it’s why at the end you go, ‘Yes! I made it!’”
Zara was leading a ‘wild’ lifestyle in the late nineties and early noughties. (Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Despite Mike’s involvement in the sporting world, some royal experts have claimed that he had a “sobering influence” on a “rebellious” Zara, and contributed to the quieting down of her lifestyle.
During the 2021 Channel 5 documentary, ‘Zara & Anne: Like Mother, Like Daughter’, royal commentator, Victoria Arbiter, said: “I guess, in a way, Mike Tindall really tamed Zara’s rebellious streak.”
Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl added: “For all of Mike’s reputation for being hard-living, hard-playing, he actually was a pretty sobering influence on Zara.”
Ms Nicholl claimed that Mike’s sportsmanship and ambition contributed to Zara’s successful career outside of the Royal Family.