Princess Anne paid hidden tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with daughter Zara’s name

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PRINCESS ANNE decided against giving her children royal titles. While her daughter Zara Tindall is not an HRH, Anne did include a touching tribute to the Queen in her name.

Princess Anne, 70, is widely admired for her no-nonsense approach to royal duty and is known to be one of the hardest-working members of the Royal Family. While Anne has dedicated her entire adult life to serving the crown, she did not wish the same fate upon her children Zara Tindall, 39, and Peter Phillips, 42.

Princess Anne rejected Queen Elizabeth II’s offer of official titles for Zara and Peter and chose to raise them outside the royal bubble instead.

This means that unlike their royal cousins Prince William, 38, and Prince Harry, 36, neither Zara nor Peter have HRH styles.

Zara’s full name contains a touching tribute to her grandmother, as chosen by Princess Anne and her father Mark Phillips.

Zara was christened Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips as a sweet gesture of respect to the Queen.

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Princess Anne paid hidden tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with daughter Zara’s name (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Anne: The Princess Royal made ‘Elizabeth’ one of Zara’s first names (Image: GETTY)

While Zara is not a working royal she is much-loved by her grandmother the Queen, 94, and they share a passion for horses.

Zara like her mother Princess Anne is a talented equestrian and won silver with Team GB at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Zara and the Queen have often been photographed looking happy together at an array of equestrian events over the years.

Zara and her husband Mike Tindall are regulars at Royal Ascot where they join the Queen on what is said to be one of her favourite weeks of the year.

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Princess Anne: Zara and the Queen share a love of horses (Image: GETTY)

This year the races took place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Queen was unable to attend for the first time in her 68-year reign.

Zara and Mike took part in ITV racing’s coverage of the five-day event and dressed to the nines to take part in a video call from their garden in Gloucestershire.

During the Zoom call, Zara revealed how the Queen would be spending Ascot.

She told ITV: “She will be glued to the television as always and really sad not to be there.”

Zara added: “To be able to have some runners she will be really excited with some good prospects for the future as well.”

Zara and Mike have two young daughters – Lena, 2, and Mia, 6, and they live near Princess Anne on the Gatcombe Park Estate in Gloucestershire.

Zara’s brother Peter also lives nearby and has two daughters – Savannah, 9, and Isla, 8.

Last year Mike and Zara revealed both their young daughters were learning to ride and Mia enjoyed spending time with her cousins.

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She said: “They both ride. Lena is in a little basket on the saddle, purely a passenger.

“But we just bought Mia a new pony called Magic.”

Mike added: “She’s going through that period where she thinks she knows what to do so we have someone teaching her.

“Her cousins, Savannah and Isla, and Zara’s brother, Peter Phillips, all ride as well and they go riding together.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK