Zara Phillips, Queen Elizabeth‘s eldest granddaughter, attended the Rugby For Heroes Charity Gala Dinner at Twickenham Stadium in London tonight (May 9th) with husband Mike Tindall, former rugby captain of the England team.
The charity, of which Tindall is a patron, helps military men and women make the difficult transition back to civilian life. Phillips’ cousin, Prince Harry, according to the Daily Mirror, has publicly backed the athlete’s endeavor.
“Harry and Mike have always got on really well, they enjoy a laugh and joke together and have a rough-and-tumble relationship a bit like a big and little brother,” a source told the Mirror. “It’s daunting entering the Royal Family, but the younger royals in particular have always put Mike at ease and he has a particularly relaxed relationship with Harry – there’s lots of banter between them. He and Harry have had a few conversations about Mike’s work on Rugby For Heroes and Harry told him he was keen to help.”
Harry said in a statement, “As a serving member of Her Majesty’s Forces and an avid rugby fan, I am delighted to hear about the valuable work of Rugby for Heroes. The military and rugby share distinctive core values – leadership, respect, courage and camaraderie – which is why the rugby community can play such an important role in supporting our armed servicemen and women to make the successful transition to civilian life.”
Phillips married Tindall on July 30th at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland, a 17th century church frequented by the royal family. The bride wore a Stewart Parvin gown and borrowed the Meander Tiara from her mother, which was once owned by Prince Philip‘s mother, Princess Alice.
Phillips’ mother, Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, decided against giving her children titles since she wanted them to have a normal existence. Phillips and her older brother, Peter are still in line to the British throne, along with his two daughters.
Phillips is an accomplished equestrian, hoping to make the British team for the upcoming summer olympics.