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Zara Tindall arrives 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 privately with her family. However, tonight, her children, Mia, eight, Lena, three, and Lucas, one, will take part in the final presentation of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, so it is suspected that Zara and her husband Mike Tindall. , will be present.

Before Zara’s birthday, Mike shared a photo of the couple on Instagram.

The couple, who had been taking part in a charity golf day that raises money for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust and The Matt Hampson Foundation, snuggled up for a sweet photo on the golf course.

Mike captioned the beloved snap: “Couldn’t resist taking a picture with my sports idol!”

The couple have been together since 2003, a time when Zara enjoyed a party lifestyle.

Zara found a quieter life with Mike Tindall. (Image: Getty Images)

Mike and Zara Tindall

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 that Zara had decided 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] She used to be a wild girl, didn’t she, tongue earrings and all? She still is.

The captain suggested that partying is part of sporting life: “You are living on the edge. That’s why the adrenaline has to be there and that’s why at the end you say, ‘Yes! I did it!'”

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Zara led a ‘wild’ lifestyle in the late 1990s and early 1990s. (Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Despite Mike’s involvement in the world of sports, some royal pundits have claimed that he had a “sobering influence” on a “rebellious” Zara and helped calm 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.”

Katie Nicholl of Vanity Fair added, “Despite Mike’s reputation for being tough and playing tough, he was actually quite a sobering influence on Zara.”

Ms Nicholl stated that Mike’s sportsmanship and ambition contributed to Zara’s successful career outside the Royal Family..

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Mike is a former England rugby player. (Image: David Rogers – RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

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Zara is a professional rider. (Image: Friedemann Vogel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Zara is an accomplished equestrian, having won the title of world champion and won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics.

Meanwhile, Mike is a former professional rugby player who was part of the England team that won the 2003 World Cup.

She said: “The one thing the family really loved was that he [Mike] encouraged her [Zara] start taking your sporting talent seriously.

“Of course, he was a great rugby player at the time, captain of the England rugby team, and here he was saying to Zara: ‘You can go after this. You can do it.’

Mike and Zara Tindall

Mike and Zara have successful careers outside of the Firm. (Image: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

“And that is exactly what he did. So I think the family will always be very grateful to Mike for encouraging her to pursue that ambition.”

Last month, Zara was seen in the saddle again at Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International Horse Trials in Norfolk.

In recent years, he has taken a break from competitive driving to focus on his family.

Mike and his three children accompanied the royal rider and were seen cheering her on as she participated in the event.

Zara and Mike Tindall with their children Lucas and Lena Elizabeth

Zara participated in the Burnham Market International Horse Trials last month. (Image: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images)

Mike Tindall with his daughters

Mike Tindall with his daughters: Mia and Lena. (Image: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images)

While Mike and Zara’s children will play a special role in today’s Jubilee celebrations, it is unknown what role the Tindalls will play in next month’s celebration weekend.

The Queen has limited the iconic balcony scene to working members of the Royal Family, meaning Zara and Mike aren’t up to the task.

They are expected to attend other events, such as the Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral and the Derby on Epsom Downs.

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