Zara Tindall is the Queen’s eldest grandchild but unlike her little cousins, she does not have a royal title. Princess Anne rejected Queen Elizabeth II’s offer of titles for her children so neither Zara nor Peter are officially royals. As an adult Zara has praised her mother’s decision to not make her a princess and described herself as “lucky” but there is still a fascinating reason she can be considered royal.
Zara Tindall (maiden name Phillips) was raised as a private citizen despite her royal roots.
An Olympic equestrian, Zara married fellow athlete, ex-England rugby player Mike Tindall in 2011.
Zara and Mike have two daughters – Mia, five, and Lena, one, and live on the stunning Gatcombe Park Estate a stone’s throw away from Princess Anne.
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The Tindalls are adored for their level-headedness and are more at home outdoors than at Royal Family gatherings.
While they are regulars at royal events including royal weddings and Royal Ascot races, their lifestyle is less lavish than other family members.
However, despite her down-to-earth approach Zara remains a princess for this very special reason.
The name “Zara” actually means “princess” in Russian so Zara has kept a royal title of sorts despite Princess Anne’s intentions.
Zara was born on May 15, 1981 and reportedly has her uncle Prince Charles to thank for her regal first name.
Princess Anne told Hello: “The baby made a rather sudden and positive arrival.
“And my brother thought Zara (a Greek name meaning ‘bright as the dawn’) was an appropriate name.”
Before Anne’s children were born only grandchildren fathered by the Queen’s sons were permitted to have royal titles.
However, the Queen changed this rule so that Anne’s children could have titles too.
But despite her mother’s efforts to equalise things, Anne rejected the Queen’s offer of titles for her children choosing to raise them as private citizens instead.
When The Times asked Zara if she thought life would’ve been different with a title, she responded that it probably would.
She added: “But I can’t really answer that.
“I’m very lucky that both my parents decided to not use the title and we grew up and did all the things that gave us the opportunity to do.”