Sunday 23 July 2017

You'd be forgiven for thinking the British royals are just like us with these photos from the polo

The Duke of Cambridge chases Mia Tindall, daughter of Mike and Zara Tindall, at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
The Duke of Cambridge chases Mia Tindall, daughter of Mike and Zara Tindall, at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Autumn Phillips (left) and Zara Tindall at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Mia Tindall at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Mia Tindall at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Zara Tindall with daughter Mia (left) at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
The Duke of Cambridge (right) hugs Mia Tindall, daughter of Mike and Zara Tindall, at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Mike Tindall carries his daughter Mia Tindall on his shoulders at the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Britain, June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Mike Tindall carries his daughter, Mia, on his shoulders at the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Britain June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Mike Tindall carries his daughter Mia Tindall on his shoulders at the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Britain, June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Royals - they're just like us.

During a charity match at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo on Sunday, pictures of Prince William chasing his little cousin Mia all seemed like any other family occasion, except for the fact that the man doing the chasing is second in line to the British throne.

Mia's father Mike, a former English rugby player and his wife Zara, Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter have managed to enjoy many of the perks of a royal association without the borderline invasion of privacy that William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry experience.

The Tindalls and The Cambridges represent a new generation of royals trying to forge some semblance of a normal life in a very public job, many of whom seem to have learned from their parents mistakes.

Mike Tindall carries his daughter Mia Tindall on his shoulders at the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Britain, June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Mike Tindall carries his daughter Mia Tindall on his shoulders at the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Britain, June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Could you imagine Prince Charles, as a young father, playfully chasing anyone around a polo field?

The fact that Zara and William married non-royals has impacted their parenting decisions, in fact Mike previously said he refused to send his three-year-old daughter to boarding school when she is older, bucking royal tradition in the process.

"I'm certainly not keen on sending Mia away to a boarding school at the other end of the country," he told the Daily Mail.

Mike, who was a day student at a private school in Wakefield, England, as a child, would prefer Mia to follow a similar path.

Mike Tindall carries his daughter Mia Tindall on his shoulders at the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Britain, June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Mike Tindall carries his daughter Mia Tindall on his shoulders at the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Britain, June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

"I know many people who say boarding was the making of them because they forged great independence from their parents, but I don’t really want her to be distanced from us.

"Personally, I'd rather she attend a school that's nearby, where we'll always be on hand if she needs us," he said. "Anything else goes against my instincts."

Similarly, Prince George has enrolled in a day school in Battersea instead of following in his father's footsteps and attending the Wetherby School as expected.

There are virtually no pictures of George, his little sister Princess Charlotte or Mia published without their parents' consent - whether it's an official portrait released for a special occasion or at public event like this; which is why royal watchers cling onto something like the polo, admittedly disappointed that George and his little knee socks weren't there too.

Mia Tindall at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Mia Tindall at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo at Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury, Gloucestershire

In the meantime, we over-analyse every snippet of information we get about day-to-day life for the royal family, including grainy photos that give us any insight into what makes them tick.

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