Queen Elizabeth II’s 18-month-old great-granddaughter Mia Tindall, and her mother, Zara Phillips, stole the show over the weekend at the annual Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, the Gloucestershire country residence of Zara’s mother, Princess Anne. The toddler and her doting mother were captured on the camera while they were sharing some sweet moments together.
As they made their way around the show jumping circuit, Zara and Mia were the focus of much attention. The toddler was the picture of cuteness in a summery yellow dress, blue spotty shoes and a protective straw hat.
Royal watchers were quick to note how much Mia has grown -- and how she is taking after her blonde mum Zara. While the 34-year-old Olympic medalist carried her daughter in her arms, little Mia chomped on an apple, blissfully unaware of the activity around her, Hello reported.
The day before, Zara and Mia had made another appearance in the grounds, where they were joined by Zara’s sister-in-law Autumn Phillips. The stylish Autumn, who is a mother to two daughters, was pictured showering her dungaree-clad niece with kisses.
Meanwhile, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward’s wife, shared a joke with Autumn as they watched their children enjoy all the entertainment on offer at the annual equestrian event. Elizabeth’s youngest son Edward, 51, and his 11-year-old daughter Lady Louise Windsor, also were part of the royal party. Viscount James, the couple’s 7-year-old son, was also present and indulged in a giant inflatable slide.
Meanwhile, the Queen’s eldest great-grandchild, Savannah, 4, enjoyed an ice cream while her parents Peter and Autumn made sure the event ran smoothly. The couple, who also have a 3-year-old daughter Isla, live on the estate near Minchinhampton, which is also home to Zara and her husband.
Zara and her husband Mike Tindall, the former England rugby captain, welcomed their first baby in January 2014. In the past the accomplished equestrian, who started riding when she was a toddler, has spoken about how she hopes Mia will also pick up a love for the sport.
“We have always had sport in our lives and through our childhood. I think that really is important in every child’s life to have that opportunity,” said Zara, speaking on behalf of herself and her husband at a sailing charity event last summer. She added that they had got it from their parents and hoped to pass it on to Mia.