Mike Tindall reveals that he first met the Queen as a TEEN
Mike Tindall makes a playful quip about his wife Zara as he reveals he first met the late Queen as a teenager during a visit to his old school
- Mike Tindall, 44, paid a visit to Elizabeth Grammar School in Yorkshire
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Mike Tindall has revealed he first met the late Queen as a teenager during a visit to his old school.
In the latest episode of The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, the former rugby ace explained that he met Queen Elizabeth II long before he joined the royal family, aged just 13.
The husband of King Charles’ niece Zara, stopped by his former school, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Yorkshire to meet with his childhood rugby coach, Trevor.
Father-of-three Mike, 44, gave viewers a tour of the school, which was founded by Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I in 1591.
But it was Queen Elizabeth II that Mike as a child met during her visit to the school in 1992 for its 400th anniversary, a moment he does ‘remember very well’.
Mike Tindall (pictured), 44, revealed that he met Queen Elizabeth during her majesty’s visit to his school when he was 13 (see the framed picture)
The former rugby union star recalled fond memories of his school days, and proceeded to make a humorous remark about his wife Zara.
Mike showed viewers a photograph of Queen Elizabeth during her visit to the school in 1991.
While Mike did not appear to be in the photograph, he reminisced on the event and said: ‘I think I met her [Queen Elizabeth II] in biology’.
Then, the rugby star made a humorous remark about his wife of 12 years, Zara.
He joked: ‘Not entirely sure whether I said to her then that I would marry Zara, it might have come out my mouth, I’m not entirely sure.’
The former England rugby ace met Zara during England’s Rugby World Cup-winning campaign in Australia in 2003.
The couple tied-the-knot in a low key ceremony in Scotland in 2011.
The video release comes just days after Mike joked he has ‘had beer goggles more than most’ while appearing on Good Morning Britain today.
He appeared on the programme last week to discuss his podcast tour as well as his new ITV reality show Grand Slammers.
The former rugby union star recalled fond memories of his school days, and proceeded to make a humorous remark about his wife Zara
Mike was a guest shortly after a segment on beer goggles, which is a term coined to describe how the influence of alcohol can make an person appear suddenly much more desirable.
After hosts Rob Rinder and Charlotte Hawkin jokingly asked if he had any comments to share about the topic, Mike weighed in: ‘We’ve all been there, me more than most, most likely.’
Appearing on the programme, Mike was described as an ‘England rugby legend and a royal husband’.
He began by telling the presenters: ‘I was a bit worried when I came in. And then there was this serious discussion about beer goggles which made me feel far more comfortable in the environment.’
The former England rugby ace met Zara during England’s Rugby World Cup-winning campaign in Australia in 2003
He is believed to have had a good relationship with Zara’s grandmother, previously paying tribute to the late Queen on his podcast
Mike is known for his playful and partying ways, previously revealing how he and Zara had a ‘boozy’ first date.
Meanwhile the couple also partied until 2am the night before the King’s coronation earlier this summer.
He is believed to have had a good relationship with Zara’s grandmother, previously paying tribute to the late Queen on his podcast.
Last September, he said: ‘It’s been sad, emotional but happy. In some ways amazing. To see the family come so close together overnight.
‘You never predict it. A 96-year-old lady, you know it’s going to happen but you’re never ready for when it does.
‘Watching what Zara had to go through, obviously she loved the Queen beyond everything else. Their connection with horses, they had a real bond around that.
‘It’s like the world has lost its grandmother in some way.’
He continued: ‘I also have loads of regrets about not asking her so many more things… Having nervousness when you sit there get that lucky seat of being sat next to her.
‘Going back through history and everything she’s possibly seen; 15 prime ministers, I don’t know how many presidents.
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