We are ecstatic of the prospect of two royal weddings next year. In the wake of Prince William & Kate Middleton’s April 29 nuptials, Zara Phillips — William’s cousin — announced her engagement to rugby player Mike Tindall yesterday. So for those who don’t follow the royal family closely, who’s Zara?
Princess Anne’s daughter is a world-renowned equestrian, a former Eventing World Champion who won the World Championship in Aachen and BBC Sports’ 2006 Personality of the Year. For the royal family, she was a bit of a wild child in her early twenties — sporting a tongue ring and a stormy if not violent relationship with jockey Richard Johnson. Her current fiance Mike Tindall is said to have “tamed” the wild royal. Moreover, Zara has always been a fun, down-to-earth and genuine breath of fresh air in the Royal Family.
Boys, Bikinis and Pratfalls. The Daily Mail compiled a collection of photographs of Zara — from her childhood days, gap year rendezvous, eye-catching outfits, tongue piercings… to Eventing World Champion, MBE and soon to be Mrs. Tindall. Read the article here.
The Hunk who tamed a very Wild Royal. How “gentle giant” Mike Tindall — nicknamed “The Fridge” for his size — tamed the formerly tempestuous Zara by being the “calm, reassuring, normal bloke who is marrying her for who she is, and not what she is.” Read the article here.
Video: The Telegraph
Prince Harry Joins Princesses Beatrice & Eugenie in a night out in London
The trio celebrated at the launch of friend Guy Pelly’s new Public nightclub on the Kings Road. They stayed until the early hours of the morning where they emerged looking like they had enjoyed a good night.
Much focus is given on Princess Eugenie’s daringly short scarlet dress. Beatrice wore a rather more conservative black tulip skirt and matching coat, while Harry opted for a very casual look of grey jumper and jeans.
Article & Pictures: Daily Mail
Christopher Andersen, author of William and Kate: A Royal Love Story, is making his rounds in US talk shows promoting his book, and revealing some “details” about William and Kate’s courtship, including their 2007 breakup. He claims Prince Charles advised William to break up with her. He claims Carole Middleton had Kate enroll in University of St. Andrews to go after William. In short, sounds like a rehash of old tabloids. And the fact that he’s insisting the Queen will give the throne up to pave the way for King Charles makes him lose credibility in my eyes. Video from CNN below.
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