Zara and her husband Mike Tindall wore rainbow tees on the eve of her birthday for a very special cause

By Phil Boucher
May 15, 2020 12:18 PM
Zara and Mike Tindall
Zara and Mike show their support for health service workers

Zara Tindall is shining a light on an important cause as she rings in her 39th birthday while in lockdown in the U.K.

Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, who celebrates her birthday on Friday, and her rugby star husband Mike Tindall, 41, are saying a big, colorful "thank you" to medics battling the coronavirus pandemic. The couple wore matching rainbow T-shirts carrying the message on the doorstep of their Gatcombe Park home in Gloucestershire on Thursday night, as part of the U.K.'s weekly "Clap for Carers" initiative.

The public show of support is just the latest charity initiative from the couple, who are currently self-isolating with daughters Mia, 6, and Lena, 1.

The $25 tee has been created by ethical shopping site Kindred to raise money for the U.K.’s National Health Service through the fundraiser NHS Charities Together. The rainbow symbol has particular significance in the U.K., as millions of schoolchildren have placed similar drawings in their windows as a show of support for the medics. (2-year-old Prince Louis showed his support with his own rainbow finger painting!)

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall with their daughters Mia Tindall and Lena Tindall
Mike and Zara Tindall and their children
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Kindred hopes that sales of the tee will raise $6 million for carers working everywhere from retirement homes to frontline COVID-19 hospital wards.

“Thank you to everyone working in the @nhs,” Mike Tindall posted on Instagram. “@kindred_social is raising money for the NHS through these t-shirts. If you would like one please go to thanks #clapforourcarers #clapfornhs

On April 17 the sporty pair completed the 5K Run for Heroes in support of the NHS — with Zara supporting the Pittsburgh Pirates with her jogging headwear! The initiative has now raised over $6 million for NHS workers helping those affected by COVID-19.

Zara — who has a silver medal in Eventing from the 2012 London Olympics — also combined her love of horses with her talent for art by auctioning a painting of her horse Toytown to the charity Equestrian Relief, raising nearly $7,000.

Zara Tindall - Equestrian Portrait
Credit: Equestrian Relief

“Obviously, all of us are at home and those guys are out on the frontline, fighting this war,” Zara told Good Morning Britain ahead of the April 13 fundraiser. “We want to try and do something to help them, to support them.”

Zara Tindall
Zara Tindall
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Yet the couple's time in isolation hasn’t purely been about raising money for good causes. Zara recently revealed that Mike, 41, frequently “plays golf on his phone” since British courses were forced to close amid the UK's lockdown.

Mike joked back that they needed to get out of quarantine - with started in the UK on March 23 - because "I now know how to tack up a horse, and it is ridiculous,” referring to the process of getting a horse ready for riding.

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Luckily for Mike — and maybe Zara's horses too — the British government lifted the golf restrictions on Wednesday, meaning that the ex-England rugby star can finally dust off his clubs and hit the fairways.