Tuesday 27 September 2016

Zara Philips and Mike Tindall jet to Ireland with little Princess Mia

Published 29/07/2016 | 14:34

Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips at the 2016 Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips at the 2016 Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips at the 2016 Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Zara Phillips and daughter Mia Tindall pose for a photograph after husband Ex England rugby star Mike Tindall finished the grueling Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon in Loch Tay Scotland on July 11, 2015 in Aberfeldy, Scotland. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for Artemis Quadrathlon)
(L to R) Jack, Ali, Ronan, Storm and Missy Keating at the 2016 Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Storm and Ronan Keating at the 2016 Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Mike Tindall carries daughter Mia Tindall (holding a riding crop) on his shoulders after watching Zara Tindall compete in the cross country phase of the Badminton Horse Trials on May 7, 2016 in Badminton, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Mike Tindall holds daughter Mia as wife Zara performs in the Dressage Event during Day Three of the Badminton Horse Trials on May 6, 2016 in Badminton, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall made a quick trip to Ireland this week in the name of a good cause.

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Zara, the daughter of Britain's Princess Anne and Mike, a former international rugby player, took up residence in Kildare with their adorable daughter Princess Mia (two) for one night only.

The Olympic equestrian was competing at Lismore, Co Waterford on Thursday morning, while her husband played a round of golf at the Palmer Course of The K Club in Kildare in support of the Marks & Spencer Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic.

Tindall went head to head with fellow former rugby star Shane Byrne, charity patron Ronan Keating and his wife Storm and British tv presenter Denise Van Outen and her partner Eddie Boxshall for the star-studded competition.

Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips at the 2016 Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips at the 2016 Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. Picture: Kieran Harnett

As is typical of the modern royal family, they chose to keep their young daughter away from the glare of the camera and little Mia did not attend the red carpet event with her parents, who attended the event for the second year running.

The family were holed up in a suite in the K Club on Thursday night and made their way back to the UK on Friday - they live on Princess Anne's Gatcombe Estate in Gloucestershire.

Former Boyzone singer Ronan set up the charity with his siblings in memory of their mother Marie who died of breast cancer in 1998. He was also joined by his children Jack, Ali and Missy.

The celebrity golf classic has hosted a number of famous faces over the years and other stars in attendance this year included former Desperate Housewives star Dougray Scott, retired footballer Jason McAteer and actor Stephen Graham.

Mike Tindall carries daughter Mia Tindall (holding a riding crop) on his shoulders after watching Zara Tindall compete in the cross country phase of the Badminton Horse Trials on May 7, 2016 in Badminton, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Mike Tindall carries daughter Mia Tindall (holding a riding crop) on his shoulders after watching Zara Tindall compete in the cross country phase of the Badminton Horse Trials on May 7, 2016 in Badminton, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
(L to R) Jack, Ali, Ronan, Storm and Missy Keating at the 2016 Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. Picture: Kieran Harnett
(L to R) Jack, Ali, Ronan, Storm and Missy Keating at the 2016 Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Storm and Ronan Keating at the 2016 Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Storm and Ronan Keating at the 2016 Marks & Spencer Ireland Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. Picture: Kieran Harnett

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