Not content with one royal wedding
next year, the family firm has announced that there is going to be a second.
Buckingham Palace has said that
Zara Phillips, the 29-year-old daughter of Princess Anne and her former husband
Captain Mark Phillips, is to marry her long-term partner, the England rugby
union international Mike Tindall. No further details have so far been
Phillips, who is 12th in line to
the throne, is the Queen’s oldest granddaughter.
The palace announcement comes five
weeks after the announcement of Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton.
They are to be married at Westminster Abbey on 29 April next year.
Zara Phillips is best known as an
equestrian rider and is a former eventing world champion. She is a trained
equine physiotherapist and was the BBC sports personality of the year in 2006,
but missed both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic games after her horse, Toytown,
developed an injury on each occasion.
Her mother, the Princess Royal, was
sports personality of the year in 1971 for her own riding achievements.
Phillips and Tindall, 32, have been
partners for seven years and live together in a house on her mother’s
Yorkshire-born Tindall, known as
Fridge, plays outside centre for Gloucester and has 62 caps for England.
He told Hello magazine last year:
“I don’t think it’s about whether we will get married but when. There’s no
doubt I love Zara but it has to be the right time and, yes, it will probably be
a white wedding, although sometimes I can see the attraction of sneaking away
without telling anyone.”