Former Eventing World Champion Zara Phillips is engaged
The Queen’s granddaughter and former Eventing World Champion Zara Phillips has got engaged to long-term boyfriend Mike Tindall, Buckingham Palace has said.
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Mr Tindall proposed to Zara, born 15th May 1981, on Monday night at their Gloucestershire home.
A Buckingham Palace statement said: “The Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Zara Phillips to Mr Mike Tindall, son of Mr Phillip and Mrs Linda Tindall.”
The news that Zara is to wed her boyfriend, a professional rugby player with Gloucester, comes soon after the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton last month, and although the couple have not yet set a date but it seems likely they will tie the knot in 2011 – setting up the prospect of two royal weddings next year.
A Palace spokeswoman said: “The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news.” Zara is the second child and only daughter of Princess Anna and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. She is the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and is 12th in the line of succession to the British throne.
Following in both her parents’ footsteps, Zara is an accomplished equestrian, and in 2006 won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.