Zara Phillips

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Zara Tindall
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Personal details
Born Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips
(1981-05-15) 15 May 1981 (age 39)
Paddington, London
Spouse(s) Mike Tindall (m. 2011)
Children Mia Tindall
Parents Anne, Princess Royal
Mark Phillips
Alma mater University of Exeter
Religion Anglican

Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips MBE (born 15 May 1981) is a British equestrian and the second-eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Zara Phillips is the second child and only daughter from the marriage of Anne, Princess Royal, and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. She holds no royal title or style and is currently 16th in line to succeed her grandmother.

She is married to ex-England rugby union player Mike Tindall. Whilst she continues to use her maiden name professionally, socially she is formally styled Mrs Michael Tindall MBE.[1]

Phillips won the Eventing World Championship in Aachen in 2006. The same year she was voted 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year by the British viewing public (an award her mother won in 1971). She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2007 New Year Honours List (on the advice of HM Government) for her services to equestrianism.[2] In 2012, she carried an Olympic flame at Cheltenham Racecourse on her horse Toytown. As a member of the Great Britain Eventing Team, she won a Silver Medal at the London 2012 Olympics and was presented with her medal by her mother.

Early life and education

Zara Phillips was born on 15 May 1981 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington in west London. She was baptised Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips on 27 July 1981, and her first name was suggested by her uncle, the Prince of Wales.[3] Her godparents were: her maternal uncle, Prince Andrew; the Countess of Lichfield; Helen, Lady Stewart (wife of Sir Jackie Stewart); Andrew Parker Bowles; and Hugh Thomas.[4] Zara herself is godmother to Prince George of Cambridge.[5]

Phillips has an older brother, Peter Phillips (born 15 November 1977) and two half-sisters, Felicity Tonkins (born in 1985 to her father by his brief affair with Heather Tonkins)[6] and Stephanie Phillips, born 2 October 1997 from her father's second marriage to Sandy Pflueger.

The children of the Princess Royal do not hold any royal or noble title. They are not entitled to royal status by right of birth, as they are the grandchildren of a monarch in the female line, and their father declined a title in his own right.[7] As a child she and her brother attended Trooping the Colour and a few other royal events with their mother.

Phillips went to Beaudesert Park School in Stroud, Gloucestershire, and Port Regis School in Shaftesbury, Dorset, before following other members of the Royal Family by attending Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland. During her schooldays, Phillips excelled at many sporting activities, representing her schools in hockey, athletics and gymnastics. She was also successful academically, scoring 11 GCSEs from A* to C and a B and C in her A-levels.[8] She later studied at Exeter University and qualified as a physiotherapist.[9][10]

Marriage and children

On 21 December 2010, Buckingham Palace announced her engagement to rugby union player Mike Tindall, who played for Premiership side Gloucester and the England national team. She lives with Tindall at their home in Gloucestershire. The couple met during England's Rugby World Cup-winning campaign in Australia in 2003.[11] As required by the Royal Marriages Act 1772, the Queen gave her consent to their marriage in a meeting of the Privy Council on 10 May 2011.[12]

Their wedding was held on 30 July 2011 at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland.[13][14] The bride wore a Stewart Parvin dress and the Meander tiara.[15] This tiara belonged to her great-grandmother, Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark. It was a tiara that her mother also wore.[16]

On 8 July 2013, it was announced by Buckingham Palace that Phillips and Tindall were expecting their first child.[17] With her husband present, Phillips gave birth to a daughter, Mia (pronounced My-ya)[18] Grace Tindall, on 17 January 2014 at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. She is 17th in the line of succession.[19] Phillips has hopes of raising her daughter to be athletic.[20] As Phillips herself is a public figure, appearances of her daughter are also often noted.[21] Contrary to rumour, she has not hired a nanny.[22] Mia was christened on 30 November 2014 at St Nicholas Church in the village of Cherington.[23]


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Zara and High Kingdom competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
Personal information
Discipline Eventing

Following in both her parents' footsteps, Phillips is an accomplished equestrian.[24] In June 2003, she announced that she had secured a sponsorship deal with Cantor Index, a leading company in spread betting, to help cover the costs of her equestrian career. Zara finished runner up at Burghley Horse Trials in 2003 in her first four-star event.

Riding her horse Toytown, she collected individual and team gold medals at the 2005 European Eventing Championship in Blenheim, and individual gold and team silver medals at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, making her the reigning Eventing World Champion until 2010.

Despite winning team gold at the 2007 European Eventing Championships in Italy, she failed to defend her individual title after a problem in the show-jumping phase of the competition.[25]

The British Olympic Association announced that Phillips would be riding Toytown for the British equestrian team at the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 in Hong Kong.[26] However, an injury sustained by Toytown during training led to her being forced to withdraw from the team. Zara previously missed the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, when Toytown suffered a similar injury during training.[27]

On 25 October 2008, she fell from her horse, Tsunami II, at the 15th fence of a cross-country event at Pau, France, and broke her right collarbone. The horse broke its neck after it had tipped over the hedge and was put down.[28]

On 11 June 2012, Phillips was announced as being a part of the British Equestrian team at the 2012 London Olympic Games.[29] She competed in the 2012 Olympics on High Kingdom, where she won silver in the team eventing. Her medal was presented by her mother, Princess Anne.[30] Phillips finished second at Luhmühlen Horse Trials 2013, on her top horse High Kingdom. At the World Equestrian Games in 2014, Phillips and High Kingdom were part of the British team that won team silver.

Charitable engagements

Phillips supports many charitable causes.

She frequently attends various events for charity and has taken to supporting certain causes herself, mainly for spinal injuries, equestrian charities and children's causes. In 2005, she auctioned one of her evening gowns (worn at the London premiere of the film Seabiscuit) to raise money for tsunami relief. She also undertook a visit to New Zealand in her role as patron of The Catwalk Trust. From 1998 to 2005, she served as the president of Club 16-24, a group which encourages young people to take an interest in racing. She is linked to INSPIRE, the Salisbury-based medical research charity which helps to improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries, and Sargent Cancer Care for Children, the UK's leading children's cancer charity. She is Patron and supporter of Lucy Air Ambulance for Children charity [31] which is the UK’s first dedicated air transfer service to fly critically ill infants and children from local hospitals to the relevant centre of excellence.

She appears at events for The Caudwell Charitable Trust, which is targeted at children with special needs, disabilities and serious illnesses. In 2006, she took part in a special charity day for Cantor Index, whose staff were killed in the 11 September 2001 attacks. In 2007, she became patron of the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund.[32] To help with Sport Relief 2008, she posed for her first official royal portrait by artist Jack Vettriano.[33] In 2009, she attended a celebrity poker tournament in Monaco in aid of Darfur, Sudan.[34] In September 2010, she attended the 2012 London Olympic Ball alongside cousin Prince Harry of Wales. In October of the same year she attended another celebrity poker tournament, this time in London, in aid of Cancer Research UK, of which she is Royal Patron. In 2011 she auctioned another evening gown, this time in aide of the Christchurch, New Zealand appeal, with the gown raising £22,000. In 2012 she attended various events marking her grandmother's Diamond Jubilee, although she missed the flotilla due to her commitments with the 2012 Olympics. In 2013, she visited the Stroud Maternity Ward, where she gave birth in 2014, to celebrate their 60th anniversary. In the same year she attended the Chelsea Flower Show alongside her grandmother The Queen. In 2014, Zara lent her support to the #bringbackourgirls campaign that United States First Lady Michelle Obama started.

Clothing design

In 2009, it was announced that Phillips would be designing her own range of equestrian clothing for Musto Outdoor Clothing.[35][36] The range is named ZP176 after the team number Zara was given when she first represented her country. The range was officially launched in July 2010.[37]

Honours and arms

See also List of honours of the British Royal Family by country

Arms of Zara Phillips
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Zara bears her father's arms on a lozenge[38]
Per chevron Azure and Or, in chief a Horse courant Argent, and in base a Sprig of Forget-me-not Flowers, slipped and leaved Proper.


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Zara Phillips
Born: 15 May 1981
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Isla Phillips
Line of succession to the British throne
16th position
Succeeded by
Mia Tindall
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lady Louise Windsor
Ladies Succeeded by
Viscountess Linley
Preceded by
Andrew Flintoff
BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Succeeded by
Joe Calzaghe