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Full Name: Michael James Tindall
Father: Philip Tindall
Mother: Linda Tindall
Relation to Elizabeth II: Grandson-in-law
Born: October, 18, 1978 at Otley, Yorkshire
Married: Zara Phillips on July 30, 2011 at Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh
Mike Tindall is a rugby player and husband of the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips. He was born in Otley near Leeds in Yorkshire and educated at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar school in Wakefield. He worked in a fish and chip van to earn money while he was studying. He began playing rugby at the age of 7, and rugby runs in his family as his father Phil played for Otley Rugby Club and his four uncles played rugby.
At 18 he played for England schools and went on a seven week tour of Australia, and decided to defer a place at Durham University when he was offered a place in Bath’s rugby squad. Two years later in 2000 he made his debut playing for England, and as outside centre in 2003 was a member of the World Cup winning squad in Australia. He is friends with Zara’s brother Peter, and Prince William and Prince Harry who are keen rugby supporters. It is reported that he was introduced to Zara by Prince Harry while they were in Sydney.
In 2005 he joined Gloucester Rugby club and is currently their 2010/2011 season captain. In 2007 he received an MBE from the Queen for his sporting achievements. Playing against Wales at Twickenham in 2008 he was seriously injured and spent 5 days in intensive care with a punctured lung and torn liver. His nose has been broken several times and his sometimes nickname is “The Fridge” due to his sizeable 6ft 2inch bulk. He has two convictions for drink driving.
He and Zara, who is a keen equestrian sportswoman, live in Gloucestershire, and their engagement was announced on 21 December 2010. They were married on 30 July 2011 at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland, three months after the wedding of her cousin Prince William. The church is on the Royal Mile and the reception was in nearby Holyroodhouse which is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland.