Zara Phillips: her wedding, children and equestrian career

Zara Phillips

by Emily Gilbert |
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A consistent presence at royal occasions, you'll no doubt have spotted Zara Phillips (also known by her married name Zara Tindall) amongst the senior royals such as King Charles and the Prince and Princess of Wales.

While she is well known as the daughter of Princess Anne, Zara is also a British equestrian and an Olympian with an accomplished career, even receiving an MBE for her services in 2007.

How old is Zara Phillips?

Born on 15 May 1981 in the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, London, Zara is currently 42 years old.

Zara Phillips' mum and dad

Zara is the daughter of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, who divorced in 1992. The Princess Royal went on to marry Sir Tim Laurence.

Zara and Princess Anne

Zara Philips' brother

Zara has one sibling, a brother, Peter Phillips. Peter is the eldest grandchild of the late Queen Elizabeth II and has two children with his former wife Autumn Kelly.

Who is Zara Phillips' husband?

You may recognise Zara's husband Mike Tindall after he recently enjoyed a stint on ITV's I'm a Celebrity. The couple first met in 2003 at the Rugby World Cup in Australia. Their engagement was announced in December 2010 after the Queen gave her consent to the marriage, as required at the time by the Royal Marriages Act 1772.

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Zara Phillips' wedding

Zara and Mike got married at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland. She wore a beautiful ivory silk dress designed by Stewart Parvin, accompanied by the Meander Tiara which was originally given to Queen Elizabeth as a wedding present before being gifted to Princess Anne in 1972.

Zara Phillips' children

Together, Zara and Mike have three children: Mia (2014), Lena (2018) and Lucas (2021). The couple sadly experienced two miscarriages between having their daughters.

Zara's equestrianism

Following in the footsteps of her parents, Zara first began her equestrian career after finishing university. She has enjoyed an accomplished career and went on to achieve two gold medals at the 2005 European Championships at Blenheim. Zara also won an individual gold and team silver at the World Equestrian Games in 2006 and a team silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

What number is Zara Phillips in line to the throne?

While we know that the British Royal Family tree can get confusing, Zara is currently 21st in the line of succession to the throne.

Is Zara Phillips a princess?

Due to an old tradition which means only male royals can pass down royal titles, Zara is not a Princess as her father, Mark Philips, is a commoner.

Additionally, Princess Anne decided against giving her children titles, something Zara has spoken about publically saying: "I’m very lucky that both my parents decided to not use the title and we grew up and did all the things that gave us the opportunity to do."

Features & Reviews Editor Emily Gilberthas been a journalist since 2016 and has worked across a variety of specialist and lifestyle brands both in print and online. Specialising in product reviews, Emily is the first to know about all the exciting new releases, her favourite being gadgets for the home.

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