Princess Anne skipped on a Royal Family tradition with Zara Tindall for simple reason

Princess Anne is a full-time working member of the Royal Family. She is the mother of two children, Peter Phillips, 42, and Zara Tindall, 39.

Princess Anne has worked as a senior royal for most of her adult life, skipping on further education to take on a role in her family.

Often branded the hardest working royal, she has attended countless engagements on behalf of the monarch.

When doing so, the royal is usually happy to stick to traditions and protocols.

In November 1973, Princess Anne married her first husband Mark Phillips.

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While the couple later separated, they have two children together.

Princess Anne appeared to pass on a royal tradition when her children were both.

Peter and Zara were not automatically given HRH status, despite being the eldest grandchildren of the Queen.

This is because of a Letters Patent, an order issued by the monarch or head of state, which was released in 1917.


The letter confirmed that the children of the monarch’s sons would get HRH status, and become a Prince or Princess.

However, the letter did not automatically extend to the children of the monarch’s daughters.

It is thought the Queen offered titles to Princess Anne’s children, but she refused.

While the Letters Patent may have said titles were not automatically given, close family members of the Queen traditionally get titles.

Speaking in a rare interview, Princess Anne explained why she made her decision.

“I think it was probably easier for them,” she told Vanity Fair.

“I think most people would argue that there are downsides to having titles. So I think that was probably the right thing to do.”

Since then, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex have also skipped on giving their children royal titles.

Princess Anne may have passed on one tradition, but she followed some others with her children.

For example, Zara and Peter were both educated at Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland.

This school has been attended by royals including Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Prince Edward.

Princess Anne's body language suggests a 'discomfort' with Zara Tindall

Like her mother, she shares a love of horses and the royal women will sometimes attend the races together.

When they are seen together, Bruce Durham, body language expert at BelievingBruce, commented on their relationship.

The expert explained why Princess Anne may appear uncomfortable during some outings.

“In one photo, we have discomfort showing from Princess Anne. She has her arms crossed, called ventral protecting,” Bruce said.


“It may be that what she is carrying simply feels more comfortable to be carried like this.

“But when compared to the open unprotected nature of Zara exposing her torso area, called ventral fronting, Zara most definitely looks the more comfortable of the two.”

Any signs of discomfort could have been caused by different interests between the royals, Bruce continued.

He added: “It also shows an example of Zara engaging with Princess Anne, but here, Princess Anne is looking away into the distance not at Zara.

He commented: “The outing shows both subjects mirroring each other.

“You can tell from the rise is Zara’s cheek and the look that is clearly visible on Princess Anne that this is an engaging conversation for both.

“You also have a mirrored head tilt as well as their torsos almost turned to each other at an identical angle.

“This indicates extreme comfort and joy in being in each other’s company at that moment.”

Zara Tindall was given £30k diamond engagement ring from Mike with personal hidden meaning

Zara Tindall has been married to Mike Tindall, 41, since 2011. A style expert explained the ring Zara was given may have a sweet hidden meaning behind it.

Zara first met her union rugby league player husband back in 2003.

In 2010, their engagement was announced by Buckingham Palace.

A statement said: “The Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Zara Phillips to Mr Mike Tindall, son of Mr Phillip and Mrs Linda Tindall.”

The royal was given an eye-catching ring that featured a central diamond, Lorna Haddon, head of diamonds and jewellery at Beaverbrooks explained.

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She told “Zara’s engagement ring features a stunning split band covered in pave diamonds, with a large brilliant-cut diamond at its centre.

“The shape of the split shank frames the central diamond beautifully.”

Not only was the ring stunning to look at, but the expert also explained Mike may have picked the design for a personal reason.

The athlete may have looked for a jewel that was suitable for Zara’s active career as an equestrian and Olympian.


“As Zara is an Olympic equestrian rider and big sports fan,” Lorna continued, “Mike’s choice was practical as well as beautiful, with a low-sitting diamond.”

The royal will usually wear the jewel ring when she steps out and it is thought to have a huge price tag.

The expert added: “I’d estimate the ring’s value to be around the £30,000 mark.”

Zara and Mike married on July 20, 2011 at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh.

Following royal tradition, she borrowed a tiara from the royal collection.

The headpiece once belonged to Zara’s great grandmother, Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark, and was given to the royal by Princess Anne.

The tiara was studded with diamonds and has an estimated cost of up to £4million.

Princess Anne broke a surprising royal tradition with Zara Tindall to make life 'easier'

Princess Anne, 70, is the mother of Zara Tindall, 39, and Peter Phillips, 42. As part of the Royal Family, Princess Anne has followed many royal traditions over the years. However, she decided to skip one when her children were born.

Princess Anne will often adhere to these but she missed a major tradition when her children were born.

Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall are the eldest grandchildren of the Queen.

While Princess Anne is a senior royal with a Her Royal Highness title, the same titles were not automatically given to her children.

This is because of a Letters Patent, a written order issued by a monarch or head of state, which was issued in 1917.


In the letter, it was noted that the children of the monarch’s sons would automatically get HRH status and the prefix of Prince and Princess.

However, the letter did not extend to the children of the monarch’s daughters.

This could only be changed by the Queen and it is thought the monarch offered titles to Princess Anne’s children.

Princess Anne chose to skip the tradition, however, and her children did not receive titles.

Still, she took tips from the Royal Family in other aspects of raising her children.

For example, Zara and Peter were both educated at Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland.

Studying at the institution is a tradition that has been followed by royals including Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Prince Edward.

Princess Anne's body language with Zara Tindall shows very 'different interests'

Princess Anne is the mother of Zara Tindall, 39, and Peter Phillips, 42. Zara is the eldest granddaughter of the Queen and is thought to have a close relationship with the Royal Family. However, an expert explained Princess Anne and Zara could have key differences.

She has attended the races most years and been spotted with her mother and they are thought to have a good relationship.

Still, they could have some key differences, body language expert at BelievingBruce Bruce Durham suggested.

He told “Although subtle, there are some really powerful body language clues at play here that give a deeper meaning to the relationship between Princess Anne and Zara Phillips.”

Commenting on an appearance at Ascot, Bruce suggested Zara was distracted by something that did not take her mother’s interest.


He continued: “Lots of people pay attention to the face area with body language, but it is often the lower half of the body that gives more away.

“This is what we have in one photo. From this snapshot, it appears as if Zara has commented upon something.

“Her eyes are looking over to the area of focus, while her torso is still pointed at Princess Anne with whom she is engaging with.

“If you look at Princess Anne’s feet position though, this gives a clear indication that she could not be less interested in what Zara is talking about.

“So while Zara may be interested in what she has noticed, Princess Anne most definitely is not.”

While different things may take their attention, their body language could show the pair are happy to be in each other’s company.

“One outing shows both subjects mirroring each other,” Bruce explained.

“You can tell from the rise is Zara’s cheek and the look that is clearly visible on Princess Anne that this is an engaging conversation for both.

“You also have a mirrored head tilt as well as their torsos almost turned to each other at an identical angle.

“This indicates extreme comfort and joy in being in each other’s company at that moment.”

Bruce explained this could also show signs of a typical family relationship.

He added: “I think these are fantastic examples of mother/daughter relationships that can be viewed all over the world.

“Sometimes as a parent they bore you, but other times they light up your life and bring so much joy.”

Zara Tindall brutally shut down by Princess Anne: 'It was a short conversation!'

The Princess Royal is one of the hardest working royals in terms of her dedication to engagements, routinely topping the annual list for most engagements, being only just pipped by her brother Prince Charles last year. As Anne approaches 70, many might have expected her to slow down a bit, perhaps by passing some of her responsibilities down to the younger generation of royals. However, she seems to have no intention of slowing down and Zara insisted that, while they have tried having that conversation with her, it doesn’t last long.

Zara, 39, and her brother Peter Phillips, 42, were interviewed for the ITV documentary ‘Anne: The Princess Royal at 70’.

When asked whether they had tried to get their mother to slow down, Zara joked: “I mean, good luck!”

Then she admitted: “We would try and then it would be a very short conversation.”

Both Anne’s children expressed their amazement at how much their mother still does, with Zara claiming her brain is like a “sponge”.

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Zara Tindall was shut down by her mother Princess Anne (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Anne shaking hands with Nicola Sturgeon (Image: GETTY)

he said: “She’s like a sponge, it’s unbelievable the information that is stored in her brain.

“It’s incredible. It’s quite annoying as well.”

Peter agreed: “It is quite annoying, yes.”

Both delivered their light-hearted compliment in a dry, deadpan manner.

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Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall (Image: GETTY)

Anne’s former private secretary, Captain Sir Nicholas Wright RN seemed to agree with their analysis, emphasising how Anne would read her daily briefs very carefully.

He said: “We had to send her programmes, her briefs, her speeches ‒ and God help me if there was something missing.

“She would read with a really sharp eye.

“And I remember once ‒ I’ve never forgotten it ‒ she said, ‘Private secretary, what normally comes after 16?’

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Zara and her mother Princess Anne (Image: GETTY)

“And I knew then that page 17 of the brief was missing.”

According to Anne’s programme manager, she attends around 500 engagements each year.

Nevertheless, she still finds the time to read up on all the charities and organisations she visits, so that she can engage in meaningful conversations about their work.

Anne explained in the documentary: “The organisations have backstories that are quite useful to know.

“So that’s the length of time people have been involved, the impact of what it does etc.”

Anne’s Lady in Waiting, The Hon Madeleine Louloudis, noted how Anne manages to keep up her energy all day.

She described how the Princess Royal gives everyone she is meeting the same amount of attention, whether she meets them when she is fresh at the beginning of the day, or whether it is when she is towards the end of her duties that day.

Zara added that, when they all lived together at Gatcombe Park, Anne would arrive home after a long day of royal duties and immediately go to do farm work.

She said: “I remember when we were living at Gatcombe, she would come home from engagements and she would be in exactly what she was wearing and her make-up on and stuff ‒ put her wellie boots and coat on and go to do her chickens and get her eggs.”

In a poll done by the Daily Mirror, in which people voted for their favourite royal, Anne was the sixth most popular royal and Zara was seventh.

It is believed that Anne’s dedication to royal life is being reflected in her popularity, while Zara’s relatability is what endears people to her.

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Melita added: “Zara’s dress sense is, of all the royals, quite perfect.

“She can wear rather more daring, sometimes higher hemmed dresses.

“She can also enjoy the casual slinky top and jeans. Her formal wear is exquisite yet relaxed.”

Zara will occasionally attend official royal events and the expert claims she has a more flexible take on royal style rules.

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“Their respect looks mutual as well. Zara always talks about her mother with a sense of awe as well as humour and affection, but it’s clear that Anne is proud of the daughter who has led the kind of life that Anne herself might have seen as ideal had she not taken on all her royal duties.”

In response to a photo that shows Zara and Anne both beaming at the camera while at Cheltenham Racing Festival last year, Judi said: “Anne’s facial expressions will usually suggest she takes life rather seriously, but when she is with her daughter there is something almost naughty about their signals of shared fun.

“This is subliminal mirroring too, meaning they’re sharing the joke without even looking at one another, suggesting very deep bonds of like-minded thinking.

“Anne out-smiles Zara here, who is rarely seen without a very wide and upbeat grin on her face.”

Zara Tindall could skip royal tradition with children that was followed by Princess Anne

Zara Tindall, 39, is the daughter of Princess Anne, 69, and the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, 94. She married Mike Tindall, 41, in 2011 and they have since had two young children. Being part of the Royal Family, there are some traditions that are usually followed.

While Zara is not a working royal, it is likely she will still take notice of royal traditions.

She will sometimes appear at official events with her family but has forged a career as an equestrian and Olympian.

Zara is the mother of Mia Grace Tindall, six, and Lena Elizabeth Tindall, two.

As her children progress through school, Zara and Mike could choose not to do what has been done by royals before.

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Although not all family members do it, many royals have attended boarding school over the years.

Royals including Prince Philip, 99, Prince Charles, 71, Peter Philips, 42, and Zara Tindall were all educated away from home at Gordonstoun in Moray, Scotland.

Princess Anne was also boarded when she attended Benenden School, which is an independent girls boarding school in Kent.

The Princess Royal both attended boarding school and sent her children to study at one.


However, it is unlikely that Zara and Mike will carry on the tradition with their own children, according to education expert and the founder of Murray Morrison.

Describing how royals now choose a school, he said: “[They choose] just like any other family choosing a school, whether private or state.

“They will look at the options, considering the quality and style of education that each school offers and considering other factors like location, friends and family and reputation.”

Mike has previously suggested he was unsure about doing the same thing as his mother-in-law when it came to his children’s education.

“I’m certainly not keen on sending Mia away to a boarding school at the other end of the country,” he told Mail on Sunday in 2016.

“I know many people who say boarding was the making of them because they forged great independence from their parents, but I don’t really want her to be distanced from us.”

It is likely he was referencing schools like Gordonstoun as it is so far away from where they currently live in Gloucestershire.

He continued: “My school was a public one and plenty of my mates lived in.

“I was just a day student and it definitely didn’t do me any harm. If anything, I enjoyed the best of both worlds.”

If Zara and Mike did skip on boarding school, it could show a change in royal traditions.

Murray added: “Leaving the tradition would suggest that the Royal Family continues to evolve.

“That they are not hide-bound and simply repeating choices handed down over generations.

“However, school choice is hardly a long tradition anyway: a few generations ago, the Royal Family would have been educated by governesses and tutors.”