"You don’t normally ever plan a date night . . . you just can do it instantaneously," Tindall told Good Morning Britain host Lorraine Kelly

By Phil Boucher
June 30, 2020 12:30 PM
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Zara Tindall's husband Mike is ready to celebrate their love out of lockdown.

Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter and her husband will mark their ninth wedding anniversary on July 30, and Mike Tindall is busy making plans to celebrate following three months of staying home.

"It’s the biggest thing in the last three months of your life," Tindall told Good Morning Britain with Lorraine Kelly on Tuesday. "I’m looking forward to it.”

With restrictions in England gradually loosening up to allow bars, restaurants, and cinemas to open from July 4th — or "Independence Day" as it's being called by the U.K. public — the 2003 Rugby World Cup winner now has some options to choose from.

Zara Phillips (now Tindall) on her wedding day in 2011.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to do something. We’ll have to wait and see what we can do and what we’re allowed to do," he said. "It’s quite good with the restaurants opening. We might be able to get a date night in, so that will be nice."

Newlyweds Zara and Mike Tindall on their 2011 wedding day.
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Still, with coronavirus stubbornly refusing to leave England, Tindall will have to finalize his plans weeks in advance, removing all hopes of spontaneity, he said.

“You don’t normally ever plan a date night . . . you just can do it instantaneously," added Tindall. "Now you have to plan; you’re planning a week in advance."

Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Prince William attending Zara and Mike's wedding in 2011.
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Some 6,000 well-wishers turned out to watch Zara and Mike tie the knot at the 17th-century Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2011, joining a congregation of 300 attendees including the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Zara's mother, Princess Anne.

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It was the second major royal wedding of the year, coming three months on the heels of William and Kate's historic nuptials at Westminster Abbey.

The happy couple now lives on Princess Anne's Gatcombe Park Estate in rural Gloucestershire with daughters Lena, 2, and Mia, 6 — who just returned to school following months of home-schooling.

Mike and Zara Tindall, with daughters Mia and Lena (in stroller)
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"She was ready to go back; she was missing her friends and missing that interaction," Tindall told Kelly about Mia's return.

"I’ll always remember her face coming out the first day, she’d had a blast catching up with and seeing everyone. It was a bit of a no-brainer for us, in terms of not just her wellbeing and mental wellbeing, but for us, home-schooling . . . I think it was definitely needed.”

Mike Tindall
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On Sunday, Tindall completed the arduous Raid Local cycling fundraiser in aid of The Cure Parkinson's Trust, a disease his dad Phil has battled for two decades.

Riders from around the world attempted to cycle 12,000 feet uphill for the charity, which funds research for a cure. So far the event has raised around $600,000.

“My bottom hasn’t quite forgiven me yet," Tindall joked about the aftermath of riding 85 miles in the saddle. "But I’m sure it will get over it!"