Sunday, May 15, 2016

Royal Profile: 35 Facts about Zara Philips Tindall

  1. Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips-Tindall was born 15 May 1981, the daughter of Princess Anne, The Princess Royal and Capt. Mark Phillips {Source}.
  2. She has an older brother{Source}:
    1. Peter Mark Andrew Philips (1977)
  3. She also has a sister-in-law{Source}:
    1. Autumn Patricia Kelly Philips (1978)
  4. She has two nieces{Source}:
    1. Savannah Anne Kathleen Philips (2010)
    2. Isla Elizabeth Philips (2012)
  5. She also has two paternal half-sisters{Source}:
    1. Felicity Tonkin (1985, from her father's brief affiar with Heather Tonkin, she is unacknowledged by her paternal line)
    2. Stephanie Philips (1997, from her father's second marriage to Sandy Pflueger)
  6. Among her godparents were {Source}:
    1. Colonel Andrew Parker-Bowles (ex husband of Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall)
    2. Mrs Jackie Stewart, wife of the racing driver
  7. During her schooldays, latterly at Gordonstoun, she excelled at many sporting activities {Source}. She represented her schools in hockey, athletics and gymnastics. 
  8. She later qualified as a physiotherapist specializing in Equine Physiotherapy, from the University of Exeter{Source}.
  9. Like both her parents, she is an accomplished equestrian {Source}. 
  10. She collected individual and team gold medals at the 2005 European Eventing Championship in Blenheim and individual gold and team silver medals at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, making her the reigning Eventing World Champion until 2010 {Source}. 
  11. She was set to participate in the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics, but had to pull out at the last minute due to injury of her horse during training both times {Source}.
  12. As a non-titled member of the British Royal Family, she supports many causes, many of which are related to children, spinal injuries or equestrianism. 
  13. In 2003, she and her mother took part in the first UK double ship-naming ceremony in Southampton{Source}. 
  14. Princess Anne named the P&O Cruises liner Oceana, and Phillips named its sister ship Adonia {Source}. 
  15. In 2005, she auctioned one of her evening gowns (worn at the London premiere of the film Seabiscuit) to raise money for tsunami relief. 
  16. She also undertook a visit to New Zealand in her role as patron of The Catwalk Trust. From 1998 to 2005 she served as the president of Club 16-24, a group which encourages young people to take an interest in racing. 
  17. She is linked to INSPIRE, the Salisbury based medical research charity which helps to improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries, and Sargent Cancer Care for Children, the UK's leading children's cancer charity.
  18. She appears at events for The Caudwell Charitable Trust, which is targeted at children with special needs, disabilities and serious illnesses. 
  19. She has continued her family's long patronage of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and has visited on many occasions. 
  20. In 2006, she took part in a special charity day for Cantor Index, whose staff were killed in the 11 September 2001 attacks. 
  21. In 2007, she became patron of the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund
  22. To help with Sport Relief 2008, she posed for her first official royal portrait by artist Jack Vettriano.
  23. In 2009, she attended a celebrity poker tournament in Monaco in aid of Darfur, Sudan. 
  24. In September 2010, she attended the 2012 London Olympic Ball alongside cousin Prince Harry of Wales.
  25.  In October of the same year she attended another celebrity poker tournament, this time in London, in aid of Cancer Research UK, of which she is Royal Patron. 
  26. Zara was appointed as a Member of Order of the British Empire by her grandmother in the annual New Year's Honours list in 2007 for her role in equestiansim.
  27. In 2009, she became a business woman and fashion designer when she began to design her own range of equestrian clothing for Musto Outdoor Clothing.
  28.  The range is named ZP176 after the team number Zara was given when she first represented her country. The range was officially launched in July 2010.
  29. She was named:
    1. Zara: a suggestion from her uncle, Prince Charles, meaning "radiance" in Greek
    2. Anne: For her mother, The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal
    3. Elizabeth: for her great grandmother and grandmother, who share the name Elizabeth.
  30.  At her birth, she was 6th in line for the throne, but with the births of several cousins, she is currently  16th after three uncles, six cousins, two 1st cousins 1x removed, her mother, brother and two nieces{Source}.
  31. She met her now husband, Mike Tindall, through her cousin, Prince Harry at England's Rugby World Cup-winning campaign in Australia in 2003. 
  32. They lived together near Princess Anne's Scotland estate for several years. 
  33. Buckingham Palace announced their engagement on 21 December 2010. 
  34. They were married on 30 July 2011. 
  35. Together, they have one daughter:
    1. Mia Grace Tindall (2014)

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