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Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips Met in a Bar in Sydney Where He Was "Drowning His Sorrows"

Here are seven things to know about the professional rugby player, who just welcomed his second child with Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips.
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Out of the Queen’s many grandchildren, Princess Anne’s children Zara and Peter relatively stay out of the spotlight. What is there to know about Zara Phillips Tindall? Her husband is Yorkshire-born rugby star Mike Tindall and they met at a bar in Sydney during the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

The rugby player was drowning his sorrows after being cut from the England team before the semi-finals. "It kind of went from there," Phillips told 60 Minutes, and now the two are one of the most prominent couples of the British royal family.

Here's what you should know about Tindall.

Tindall was born in Otley, in West Yorkshire, England, on October 18, 1978.


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He became a professional rugby player at age 18, joining Bath Rugby in 1997.

He married Queen Elizabeth II's oldest granddaughter, Zara Phillips, in Edinburgh on July 30, 2011.


Phillips is the only daughter of Princess Anne and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, and she is currently 17th in line to the throne. "I've never been in love before," Tindall told Hello! back then. "But Zara is the love of my life. No doubt."

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The Tindalls' first child, a daughter name Mia, was born in 2014.


Mia Grace Tindall was born on January 17, 2014, and is now 18th in line to the throne.

Tindall retired from professional rugby that year, too.


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"After 17 years it’s time to retire from rugby," he tweeted on July 15, 2014. "I have been lucky to play with/against some great players, two great clubs and had some amazing times. Thank you to everyone who has supported me through my career!" Since then, he has hosted sporting events to raise money for charity.

The Tindalls welcomed their second child, a baby girl, on June 18.


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The Tindalls laugh as they walk to the royal wedding service in May. Mike wore a morning suit by Cad & the Dandy and Zara wore a bespoke embroidered coat by Claire Mischevani.

"Mrs. Michael Tindall was safely delivered of a baby girl on 18th June, at Stroud Maternity Unit," Buckingham Palace announced. The little girl weighed in at 9 lbs 3 oz. and Tindall was present for the birth. She is now 19th in line to the British throne, bumping Princess Margaret's children (and everyone else below) down one spot.

He and the Duke of Sussex have been great friends since meeting in 2003.


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The Tindalls pose with Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in London on September 12, 2014.

"When I saw they were getting married, I did text Prince Harry and said, 'I've written my speech, I'm ready," Tindall told British radio show hosts earlier this year. "And he said, 'Sorry mate that job's full but I do need someone to show people where to park their cars.'"

Tindall has reportedly broken his nose at least eight times.


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He underwent surgery to have it straightened earlier this year, according to the Telegraph.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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