Senior members of the royal family, including Zara Tindall and her brother Peter Phillips, have been attending memorial services for the late Queen this week. They are the oldest of the Queen’s grandkids and are the offspring of Princess Anne and her first husband, Mark Phillips. But they are not members of a royal family. Prince Harry is now known as the Duke of Sussex, while William is known as the Prince of Wales. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie are the children of Prince Andrew.
What’s the Deal with Not Making Zara Tindall a Princess?
There is a centuries-old custom that states only male royals can pass on titles, therefore if you want to be a prince or princess, your father must be in the line of succession. Due to her parents’ status, Zara Tindall cannot be a princess. Her mother is Princess Anne, while her father is a commoner named Mark Phillips. It was the Princess Royal’s choice not to have her children granted titles, reflecting the less rigid nature of today’s Royal Family.
Having never held a formal title, Ms. Tindall says she is eternally thankful. She credited her good fortune in life to the fact that her parents never introduced her to the title, saying as much in 2015. Dickie Arbiter, a former press secretary at Buckingham Palace, concurs. The Princess Royal’s decision to not grant her children titles was “a masterstroke,” he claimed.
There was never any pressure on Zara to conform as a child because of her background as a commoner. Innumerable positive outcomes have resulted from it for her.
Who Is Zara Tindall?
Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall MBE OLY (née Phillips; born May 15, 1981) is the daughter of Anne, Princess Royal, and Captain Mark Phillips and is a British equestrian and Olympian. She is the eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the niece of King Charles III, making her the 20th in line to the British throne.
Zara At 8:15 p.m. on May 15, 1981, at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London, Anne Elizabeth Phillips entered the world. Her uncle, the then-Prince of Wales, Charles, suggested the first name she would be given at her christening on July 27, 1981, at Windsor Castle.
The Duke of York and the Countess of Lichfield, as well as Helen, Lady Stewart (Sir Jackie Stewart’s wife), Andrew Parker Bowles, and Hugh Thomas, are her godparents. Peter, her older brother, and Felicity Wade (née Tonkin; from an affair with Heather Tonkin) and Stephanie Phillips (from a second marriage to Sandy Pflueger) are her half-sisters.
Two people, one male, and one female stand next to one other smiling and dressed to impress. She wears a dark blue sleeveless dress, and he wears a dark blue lounge suit. With her husband in 2012: Tindall. During England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winning campaign in Australia, Zara Phillips met rugby union star, Mike Tindall. Buckingham Palace made the happy news public on December 21, 2010.
The marriage was approved by the Privy Council on May 10, 2011, as was necessary at the time per the Royal Marriages Act of 1772. A “custom-designed diamond and platinum ring with a divided diamond band” was the engagement ring Mike Tindall gave her. After suffering a miscarriage a year prior, on June 19, 2018, the palace announced that Zara had given birth to her second child.
Who Is Their Second Child?
“On June 18th, at Stroud Maternity Unit, Mrs. Michael Tindall gave birth to a healthy baby girl. During the delivery, Mr. Tindall was present. The newborn weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces “Words were read out in a declaration. “Mike’s parents, Philip and Linda Tindall, as well as the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips, and others, are overjoyed by the news. We will soon announce the baby’s name. This is Zara and Mike’s second child, the Princess Royal’s fourth grandchild, and the Queen’s and the Duke of Edinburgh’s seventh great-grandchild.”
The couple decided to memorialize the great-grandmother of their second daughter by naming her Lena Elizabeth. They had a son, Lucas Philip, on March 21, 2021, making him their third child. Zara’s grandfather, Prince Philip, is honored with the child’s middle name. Lucas was born at home, Tindall said in an interview for The Good, The Bad, and the Rugby podcast, because the couple didn’t have time to get to the hospital in time.
So, “brace-brace-brace,” he said, meant “go into the gym, get a mat, get into the restroom, get a mat on the floor, towels down.” “The midwife who was supposed to meet us at the hospital wasn’t very far away, which was fortunate. Thus, she drove up, arriving just as we had taken the pos-ish (as he termed it). Later, after the birth of the baby’s head, a second midwife arrived to help out.”
In September 2022, after her grandmother’s death, Zara was seen with some of her cousins appreciating the floral tributes left at Balmoral Castle. “The Queen has always admired Zara, and she is extremely pleased with her riding prowess,” Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, told The Sun in 2019. Horses are a shared interest between them, and the Queen has even bought her many mounts.