Zara Tindall and Queen: The sign Zara plays key Royal Family role despite not having title

Zara Tindall, 38, is not working royal but she is still a vital member of the Windsor clan. Zara and her husband Mike Tindall joined Queen Elizabeth II for a Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday alongside senior royals.

While Zara does not perform official duties she is said to be the Queen’s favourite granddaughter and is a regular at royal events.

From Royal Ascot races to royal weddings and Christmas get-togethers, Zara is a constant and reliable member of the Firm.

Her attendance at Wednesday’s lunch is a key indicator of how much she is valued by the Queen as a vital part of the family unit.

Zara’s mother Princess Anne chose to raise her and her older brother Peter outside of the royal bubble.


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Zara has previously praised her mother’s decision to give her as normal an upbringing as possible and has said she felt lucky not to have a title.

Zara, like her mother, is an Olympic equestrian and shares her passion for horses with her grandmother the Queen.

Royal Family members traditionally join the Queen at Sandringham on Christmas Day and Zara and Mike have been regulars over the years.

This has been a tough year for the Queen and the Tindalls will likely show their support for the Queen by joining her for Christmas Day this year.

According to one royal expert, the Queen is a fan of Zara and Mike’s down to earth ways and enjoys their company in particular.

Royal author and expert Ingrid Seward, told The Sun the Queen likes to be around the Tindalls, adding Her Majesty is so close Zara as are neither are “intellectuals”.

She said: “The Queen has always adored Zara and is so proud of her riding success.

“They have a lot in common as they talk horses and the Queen has invested in several horses for her.”


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The couple have two daughters – Lena, one, and Mia, five who they took to lunch with the Queen on Wednesday.

Other royals to attend the event included Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William with their brood and Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward with their two children.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie also attended the lunch as did their father Prince Andrew.

While Beatrice is engaged to Edward Mapelli Mozzi he did not join her for the special gathering.

Traditionally only royal spouses have been invited to the Queen’s festive gathering so Edo will have to wait until next year.

Their wedding date is expected to be announced in January and according to sources, they will tie the knot in June.

While a wedding venue is yet to be confirmed there has been speculation as o whether they could marry in Edoardo’s native Italy.

Royal expert Angella Mollard said: “I think it is going to be very interesting to see generally what happens around Princess Beatrice’s wedding.

“This is because this is overshadowing it but she is a very different creature to Princess Eugenie.

“Eugenie is the second the child and is a little bit more outgoing. Beatrice is a very private and quiet person.

“I think we could very well potentially see the wedding in Italy which is where her fiancé family are based.

“It is hard to know. Weddings of royal brides traditionally happen in England.

“But under these circumstances would an Italian wedding work out better.

“If it was me I would be opting for that choice.”

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