Princess Anne's daughter Zara, 41, and former rugby ace Mike, 43, are regarded as one of the most down-to-earth royal couples, who share a keen sense of fun.
Their story begins in Sydney, during the 2003 Rugby World Cup, when Mike was part of England’s winning team and Zara was in Australia on a gap year.
“He met me just after I’d found out my horse had injured himself, so I was quite low and vulnerable,” Olympic equestrian Zara said. “He understands the pressures and vice versa, which obviously helps. But it actually started from becoming very good friends.’’
They announced their engagement in December 2010 and married the following July at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh.
Now parents to children Mia, eight, Lena, three and Lucas, one, Zara and Mike still look like honeymooners and are often seen holding hands and exchanging affectionate kisses.
Yorkshireman Mike is a hit with the royal family and has often been seen making the Queen laugh. “My mates in Wakefield are forever asking how I fit in among the royal family but they are really down to earth,” he said.
But like any couple, the Tindalls have faced challenges, including two miscarriages. “A marriage or longterm relationship can’t always be roses and rainbows,” Mike has said. “When you have children that is a massive shock, a change to your system that you’ve never experienced, and there are going to be those rocky roads.
“There are things that are thrown at you that have to test both of you and that will test that relationship. The thing is: no one is right, no one is wrong. You have to work through it together.”