Zara Tindall title: Royal rule stopped Zara having same wedding gift as Kate Middleton


ZARA TINDALL does not have a royal title, unlike her cousins Prince William and Prince Harry, and an ancient royal rule stopped her from receiving the same wedding honour as Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

Zara Tindall, 39, and her husband Mike, 41, are celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary on July 30. Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter tied the knot with the former England rugby star in Edinburgh in 2011. Zara and Mike’s wedding took place just months after Prince William, 38, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 38, married at Westminster Abbey in a spectacular ceremony that wowed the world.

However, there was more than one huge difference between their royal nuptials including the wedding honours the couples received from the Queen.

In keeping with royal tradition, Prince William was created a Duke by the Queen on his wedding day.

This meant that when Kate and William tied the knot she became the Duchess of Cambridge.

Zara’s mother Princess Anne, 69, rejected royal titles for her children as she wished to bring them up in as normal a way as possible.

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Zara Tindall title: Royal rule stopped Zara having same wedding gift as Kate Middleton (Image: GETTY)

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Zara Tindall title: Zara and Mike married just months after William and Kate (Image: GETTY)

However, even if Zara had been brought up as a Princess, a royal custom would still exempt her from receiving a new title on her wedding day.

While the sons and grandsons of the presiding monarch traditionally receive peerages when they marry, them same does not apply to female members of the Royal Family.

The reason why British princesses do not take on new titles when they wed dates back to a time when they were nearly always married off into foreign royal families.

British princess were used as political pawns to help secure ties with other European dynasties and would assume the titles of their new husbands when they married.

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Zara Tindall title: Kate became a Duchess when she married William (Image: GETTY)

However, the UK’s tendency to marry off its princesses into German royal families changed following the First World War and since then no British princess has married into a foreign royal family.

Despite this, the rules surrounding royal marriages have remained the same so that princesses aren’t gifted peerages on their wedding days.

Instead, they take the surname or title of their new husband as has recently been the case with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

The same applied to Zara who gave up her maiden name “Phillips” to become “Mrs Tindall” when she married Mike.

Princesses who marry non-royals are sometimes offered peerages for their husbands – as was the case with Princess Margaret.

When the Queen’s sister married photography Anthony Armstrong Jones, he was created Earl of Snowden.

Princess Anne was also offered an earldom for her first husband Captain Mark Phillips but is understood to have rejected the title.

Constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne explained: “Both Princess Alexandra of Kent, and Princess Anne refused titles for their husbands and in consequence were also know as Mrs Ogilvy and Mrs Phillips respectively.”

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Zara Tindall title: Mike and Zara got married in Edinburgh (Image: GETTY)

Princess Anne will turn 70 next month and she gave a rare interview to Vanity Fair ahead of the milestone.

In the candid interview, the Princess Royal touched on why she chose not to give her children titles.

Anne said: “I think it was probably easier for them, and I think most people would argue that there are downsides to having titles.

“So I think that was probably the right thing to do.”