The dress code is strict’: Mike Tindall responds to backlash about wearing medals


The former rugby player, who is married to Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara Tindall, explained the reason behind his attire at the service.

He said: “It has been an interesting one, we’ve had this discussion on the fact that I hate wearing them anyway.

“I think you would be the same because you class medals as a military honour.

“Any serviceman, I am deeply appreciative of your service and I have not served anywhere and actually haven’t done anything to achieve those medals apart from being in the family.

Mike and Zara Tindall at the Queen's funeral

Mike Tindall explained why he was wearing medals at the funeral (Image: Getty)

Royal family at the Queen's funeral

Many royals have served in the military (Image: Getty)

“So the Jubilee medals, obviously I got married in 2011, so 2012 was her Diamond Jubilee and you get a medal if you’re part of the family.

“The people who work in her household get a medal, and if you’ve been serving in the armed forces for five years, and you’re actively in service you get one too.

“So it’s harder for [people in the] military to actually get a Jubilee medal unless they served for a long time.

Mike and Zara Tindall seated at Queen's funeral

The former rugby star addressed the issue on his podcast (Image: Getty)

Mike and Zara Tindall

The Queen’s funeral took place on September 19 (Image: Getty)

While addressing the “heat” he received online, Mr Tindall explained why he wore the medals.

He added: “I did get a lot of unnecessary…you don’t have to shout at me on social media by the way.

Mike and Zara Tindall from behind

The Tindalls got married in 2011 (Image: Getty)

“I can’t control it, you get a uniform list and it says the dress code is strict, you wear a morning suit unless you’re military.”

Mike and Zara Tindall married in 2011 and have three children – Mia, Lena and Lucas.


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