How old is Zara Tindall and how did she meet her husband Mike?

ZARA Tindall and her husband  Mike are much-loved members of the Royal Family despite not being working members of the Firm. Here’s everything you need to know about the Queen’s eldest granddaughter.

Princess Anne‘s daughter Zara Tindall was raised without a royal title in keeping with her mother’s wish to bring her children up as private citizens. Zara is an Olympic equestrian and in 2011 married former England rugby star Mike Tindall. The couple have two daughters – Mia and Lena and in 2021 announced the birth of their son, Lucas.

 Zara Tindall and her husband Mike

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Zara Tindall and her husband Mike

How old is Zara Tindall?

Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips was born in London on May 15, 1981, making her 41 years old.

Her father is Princess Anne’s first husband Captain Mark Phillips and as well as her older brother Peter Phillips, she has two half-sisters – Felicity, born to her father by a brief affair he had in 1985, and Stephanie Phillips from her father’s second marriage.

Her first cousins are Prince William and Prince Harry and she is godmother to William’s son Prince George.

Princess Anne turned down the Queen’s offer of giving Zara a royal title after she was born, and equestrian-loving Zara said she felt “lucky” the decision was made.

 Zara is an accomplished equestrian

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Zara is an accomplished equestrian

Zara was educated at Beaudesert Park School in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Port Regis School in Dorset and then at Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland.

She qualified as a physiotherapist at Exeter University.

Zara is also an accomplished equestrian and Olympic silver medallist.

How did Zara meet Mike Tindall?

The pair met during England’s Rugby World Cup-winning campaign in Australia in 2003.

They were introduced to each other in a bar in Sydney by Zara’s cousin Prince Harry.

In 2010, they announced their engagement and married on July 30, 2011.

Their first child, daughter Mia, was born in January 2014.

As required by the Royal Marriages Act 1772 – which has since been repealed – the Queen gave her consent to their marriage in a meeting of the Privy Council on 10 May 2011.

They live together at their home in Gloucestershire.

 Zara and Mike married in July 2011

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Zara and Mike married in July 2011Credit: Getty Images

How many children does Zara Tindall have?

In March 2021, on The Good, The Bad and The Rugby, Mike revealed that his wife gave birth to a son on their bathroom floor over the weekend.

The couple’s spokesperson also confirmed the happy news and revealed the baby is called Lucas Philip Tindall – in a touching nod to Prince Philip.

The couple are already parents to two children – Mia Grace, seven, and Lena Elizabeth, two.

The couple have previously spoken about their torment at suffering two miscarriages following the birth of Mia.

Zara was the first member of the Royal Family to speak openly about miscarriage when she revealed in 2016 her second pregnancy had ended in a loss.

 Mike and Zara met at bar in Sydney

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Mike and Zara met at bar in SydneyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

When did Zara win an Olympic medal?

Like both her parents, Zara is an accomplished equestrian and won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, which was awarded to her by her mother.

She was selected to compete for the British Team at the FEI Nations Cup in Paris in August 2020.

She also has her own range of equestrian clothing for Musto Outdoor Clothing called ZP176 after the team number she was given when she first represented the UK, and she launched it in July 2010.

The mum-of-two supports many charitable causes and is patron of The Catwalk Trust which raise funds to support spinal cord injury research.

She also appears at events for The Caudwell Charitable Trust, which is targeted at children with special needs, disabilities and serious illnesses and took part in an Equestrian Relief initiative to raise money to support the NHS in 2020.

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Who is her mum, Princess Anne?

The Queen had four children herself; Prince Charles , Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

She was born Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise on August 15, 1950 and has the title Princess Royal.

She married Captain Mark Phillips in 1973 but they divorced in 1992.

Anne married a second time in 1992 to Timothy Laurence.

Princess Anne had Zara Tindall, née Phillips, and Peter Phillips with Mark Phillips.

Anne is known for being the busiest member of the Royal Family in regards to official engagements.

In 2017, she made 455 appearances at events, dinners and receptions around the UK, and did 85 engagements overseas.

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