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Eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

  • Zara Phillips is actually named Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips. She was born 15 May 1981.
  • Phillips is the second child and only daughter of Princess Anne, Princess Royal and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips.
  • She is the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At the time of her birth she was sixth in line to succeed her grandmother the Queen.
  • She is listed as Mrs Michael Tindall in the line of succession.
  • She represented her schools in hockey, athletics and gymnastics during her childhood.
  • She qualified as a physiotherapist specialising in Equine Physiotherapy, from the University of Exeter.
  • She is a equestrian and won the Eventing World Champion in Aachen in 2006. The same year she was voted 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year by the British viewing public (an award her mother won in 1971).
  • She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2007 New Year's Honours List by her grandmother for her services to equestrianism.
  • In December 2011, she is engaged to rugby union player Mike Tindall. The wedding was held on 30 July 2011 at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • She is listed as 13th in the line of succession to the 16 Commonwealth realms as Mrs Zara Tindall.
  • She missed the 2004 Athenes Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games because her own horse Toytown sustained injuries in both cases.
  • In 2007, she became patron of the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund.
  • On October 25, 2008, she fell from her horse, Tsunami II, at the 15th fence of a cross-country event at Pau, France, and broke her right collarbone.
  • In 2009 it was announced that Phillips would be designing her own range of equestrian clothing for Musto Outdoor Clothing. 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.
  • In October 2010, she attended a celebrity poker tournament in London in aid of Cancer Research UK of which she is Royal Patron.
  • She attended the 2012 London Olympic Ball in September 2010 alongside cousin Prince Harry of Wales.
  • In 2012 she carried an Olympic flame at Cheltenham Racecourse on her horse Toytown.
  • She is a part of the British Equestrian team at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Her selection was confirmed on June 11, 2012.

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