Zara Phillips Announces Second Royal Engagement

21 Dec

A second royal engagement has been announced only a month after Prince William and Kate Middleton revealed they are to marry. This time around, it is Zara Phillips (the Queen’s grand daughter) who is engaged, after her long-term boyfriend, Mike Tindall, proposed on Monday.

Although 12th in line to the British throne, Zara Phillips is probably better known for her sporting achievements. She is one of the best horse jumpers in the world, and in 2006 won a gold medal at the World Equestrian Games, before going on to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Similarly, her new fiancé is famous in Britain as a rugby player. Mike Tindall has 62 caps for England, helping them to win the rugby World Cup in 2003, and is now captain of Premiership side Gloucester. Indeed, it was at that Rugby World Cup that the couple first met, and they have been together ever since.

After the announcement was made, a Buckingham Palace spokewoman said:

“The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are delighted with the news. They got engaged yesterday evening at the couple’s home in Gloucestershire and a date has yet to be set.”

They are likely to marry some time next year, although they will make sure that the date they choose is not too close to the 29th April, which has been chosen by William and Kate.

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