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Mike Tindall has shared a glimpse into his Jubilee celebrations as he playfully tried on his wife Zara’s fascinators and compared her outfit to a Starburst sweet.
The former England rugby star, 43, who is married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara, has been posting snaps of his celebrations marking the Queen’s 70 years on the throne on his Instagram page.
The father-of-three shared a snapshot of his wife alongside her cousin Princess Eugenie on his social media, playfully writing: ‘When you combine your favourite Starbursts!! Two world class ladies!! #starburst #platinumjubilee.’
It was a rare public snap for the cousins, whose parents Prince Andrew and Princess Anne are siblings.
The father-of-three also shared a number of snaps posing in his wife’s fascinators after they attended Trooping the Colour and the Service of Thanksgiving today.
Mike Tindall has shared a glimpse into his Jubilee celebrations as he playfully compared Zara and Princess Eugenie’s vibrant outfit to ‘his favourite’ Starburst sweets
The father-of-three also shared a number of snaps posing in his wife’s fascinators after they attended Trooping the Colour and the Service of Thanksgiving today (pictured)
He also posted two similar photos as he posed in his wife’s fascinator. Earlier today, he shared the snap, writing: ‘Hats day 2! Fave so far! What colour do you think tomorrow will be?’
And following Trooping the Colour yesterday, Mike shared a photo in Zara’s red headpiece which perfectly matched his tie.
He wrote: ‘Personal fave of mine! I definitely need to wear more hats.’
Posting yesterday, Mike shared a photo of the pair stopping off at The Stafford, London, to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity GOSH, of which the Queen is patron, and artist Carne Griffiths on the release of his portrait ‘The Platinum Queen’ before heading to Buckingham Palace for the Trooping The Colour ceremony.
In an Instagram post, he said they were looking forward to the next few days ‘celebrating one of the greatest woman on this planet’.
Zara looked pretty in pink as she attended the Service of Thanksgiving for her grandmother the Queen with her husband Mike at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The former rugby ace shared a number of snaps posing in his wife’s fascinator today (left), as well as a snap of the couple posing ahead of the service today (right)
The Queen’s granddaughter, 41, fuchsia Laura green dress, and added an extra splash of colour by teaming it with a Juliette Botterill hat in lilac, trimmed with flowers.
She accessorised with Laurence Coste earrings and teamed her outfit with a pale lilac Aspinall bag and LK Bennett shoes in a similar shade.
The couple were among a host of royals who arrived en masse around 11am, alongside other members of the Queen’s extended family including her cousin Prince Michael of Kent and his family, and Princess Margaret’ daughter Sarah Chatto and son David Linley.
Zara, 41, who is the Queen’s eldest granddaughter, lives on Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park Estate with her former rugby player husband Mike, and their three children, Mia, 8, Lena, 3, and Lucas, one.
Mike’s posts today come after he posed in his wife’s red fascinator ahead of Trooping the Colour yesterday (left). He also shared a snap of the couple posing together (right)
The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall attend the thanksgiving service at St Paul’s today
She is an accomplished equestrian and Olympian and despite being a granddaughter of the monarch and cousin of a future king, Zara has kept a relatively low public profile and often spends her weekends at sporting events.
She and Mike have no official duties but are regulars at royal family events, such as church services and important milestones such as the Jubilee.
Mike previously said he was ‘looking forward to [the celebrations]’, adding that he had no specific role to play in the festivities.
Speaking about her Majesty on Good Morning Britain last month, the father-of-three added: ‘I think the Queen is an unbelievable lady…I think people think she’s invincible sometimes, but you have to remember she’s a 96-year-old at the end of the day.
‘She’s incredible at what she’s done over her lifetime and I can’t wait to celebrate that.’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St Paul’s Cathedral (left) and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Guildhall (right)
Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex attend the Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign at St Paul’s Cathedral today
Prince Harry and Meghan arrive to attend a Service of Thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II this morning
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave St Paul’s Cathedral after the Service of Thanksgiving for the Platinum Jubilee toda
Mike’s posts came as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle returned to their Windsor home of Frogmore Cottage this afternoon, leaving the rest of the Royal Family to attend a reception without them following the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen.
The Duke of Sussex was seen smiling next to his wife while being driven in a Range Rover with another car carrying security personnel behind, after what was the couple’s first joint royal engagement in two years.
They had been at St Paul’s Cathedral for the service, but were kept apart from Prince William, Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla after royal aides ensured they sat on the other side of the aisle – and they later left separately.
The Sussexes did not attend a reception straight after at the nearby Guildhall which featured a series of other Royal Family members and politicians including Prime Minster Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Buckingham Palace officials took great care to try to avoid a repeat of the frosty scenes when the Sussexes and Cambridges sat near each other and left together at their last joint event in March 2020 at Westminster Abbey.
And aides would have been delighted that today’s service in front of 2,000 guests passed without any such incident or negative ‘optics’ given the attempts to ensure today was about the Queen and her 70-year reign.
Prince Charles and Camilla speak with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after arriving at St Paul’s Cathedral today
The Queen’s niece, Lady Sarah, pictured behind her brother David Linley (far right), arrived by bus for the service on Friday morning with her sons, Arthur, far left, and Samuel, (second from right) who wore military uniform, and her nephew Charles Armstrong-Jones (second from left)
Princess Margaret’s daughter Lady Sarah Chatto, 58, appeared to be deep in chat with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as she took a seat next to the couple in St Paul’s Cathedral for the National Service of Thanksgiving on Friday
Lady Louise Windsor was seated between her mother Sophie Wessex and brother James, Viscount Severn, for the service
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson look at each other next to Liz Truss and Priti Patel this morning
Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral today
The Duchess of Sussex carried a pair of cream leather gloves in her hand as she climbed the steps at the cathedral today
Kate and William chatted to Prince Charles and Camilla inside the cathedral, but there was no sign of the same rapport with Harry and Meghan who sat in between Lady Sarah Chatto and Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank, and were under strict instructions to keep a low profile during the event.
Harry and William have had a long-standing feud, while Harry has accused his father Charles of cutting him off financially and Meghan claimed an unnamed royal made a comment about Archie’s skin tone before he was born – with the Sussexes having a war of words with the Palace following last year’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.
It was the first time Harry and Meghan, who now live in California, had been on full public view alongside the Windsors since they quit the monarchy for a new life in the US two years ago. Crowds cheered the pair as they arrived, with the couple smiling and waving, but both boos and cheers could be heard as they departed.
Today, Charles officially represented the absent 96-year-old monarch at the service in London which began at 11.30am. The Queen missed the historic event following a last-minute decision announced by Buckingham Palace at 7.30pm yesterday after she experienced ‘discomfort’ during Trooping The Colour events earlier in the day.
There was also no appearance at St Paul’s by Prince Andrew after he tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week. The Queen watched the service from her residence of Windsor Castle, and it was broadcast on BBC One.