Mike Tindall holds wife Zara's hand to comfort her at Westminster Hall, just like Harry and Meghan
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Zara and Mike Tindall were seen along with other royal family members as they paid their tributes to Queen Elizabeth II at a service in Westminster Hall on Wednesday, September 14. The late monarch was taken to Westminster on a gun carriage as her son, now King Charles III, and her other children and grandchildren, followed.
The Queen’s coffin will reportedly be there for four days until she will be put to rest in the George VI Memorial Chapel in St George's Chapel, Windsor, on Monday, September 19. During the service at Westminster, Zara looked sorrowful and contemplative while her 43-year-old husband stood beside her. The 41-year-old royal was also accompanied by her cousin Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank.
Zara was seen wearing a black dress along with a black belt and a hat while Mike wore a black coat and a black tie. The pair stood beside each other throughout the service. They were also photographed standing next to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and their respective husbands — Brooksbank and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, The Daily Mail reported.
Earlier, Mike had honored the late Her Majesty by sharing two posts on his Instagram Story. On September 8, Buckingham Palace said in a statement, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
After that, the former rugby union player shared an art work depicting the Queen’s crown and an emotional dog of her darling breed, Corgi. The drawing is reportedly a work of artist Danielle D, who claims herself to be “the ever popular artist who comes by royal approval!”
Before posting the art, Mike also re-posted a share by The Sydney Morning Herald, which showed the monarch’s face portrayed onto the Sydney Opera House. The caption of the original post was, “We are well-used to seeing the Sydney Opera House illuminated to mark significant events, but tonight’s image is above and beyond. The sails have been illuminated to pay respect to the late Queen Elizabeth II.”
The father-of-two has been a member of the royal family since 2011 after marrying Zara. He has always adored the Queen and the family. Last year, he said, “I can only say how kind they’ve been to me, and how welcoming they’ve been to me since joining the family. And how they’ve made my family welcome. I’ve always felt part of it and I think that’s down to what an amazing woman the Queen is. They’re a fantastic family.”
Also this year, Mike added, “I think the Queen is an unbelievable lady. I think people think she's invincible sometimes, but you have to remember she's a 96-year-old at the end of the day. She's incredible at what she's done over her lifetime and I can't wait to celebrate that.”
Following the Queen’s death, the first statement was issued by Charles, who said, “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family. We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world. During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”