Zara Tindall’s husband Mike pays tribute to Queen with heartbreaking sketch of weeping corgi
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Mike Tindall has shared a moving post on Instagram in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. The former rugby union player posted an art illustration, showing Her Majesty's beloved dog breed, a Corgi, shedding tears while sitting in front of the Imperial Crown.
The art is reportedly a work of artist Danielle D, whose website claims that “the general public and royal family alike simply adore what Danielle D brings to the art world!” It also adds her as “the ever popular artist who comes by royal approval!”
The tribute from Mike is the second one after he re-shared a post by The Sydney Morning Herald that included the face of the 96-year-old cast 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 43-year-old became a member of the royal family after marrying the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara, in 2011 — months after Prince William and Kate Middleton’s April wedding at Westminster Abbey. In 2021, he had 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.”
Most recently, Mike said, “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.”
This comes after the monarch’s death was announced on September 8. In a statement, Buckingham Palace said, “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.”
The announcement followed statements from King Charles III, Prince William as well as Prince Harry respectively. “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,” the new monarch said.
The Prince of Wales stated, “On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms, and the Commonwealth was absolute. I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of The Queen's wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade.”
Harry, however, remembered his grandmother as a person of “unwavering grace and dignity”. He added, “Let us echo the words she spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, words which can bring comfort to all of us now: ‘Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings.’”