Saturday, February 26, 2011

Zara Phillips cheers on fiancé Mike Tindall with help from cousin Prince Harry as England take on France in the Six Nations

By Georgina Littlejohn

By Royal Appointment: Zara Phillips and Prince Harry wore the St George's Cross on their flat caps as they joined rugby fans at Twickenham for the England vs France Six Nations match today

They are very rarely seen out together, with one preferring the night life over the other's quite country life.

But today, Royal cousins Prince Harry and Zara Phillips got together for a day out at the rugby as they watched England take on France in the Six Nations.

And while both are big rugby fans anyway, they were also there to cheer on England captain Mike Tindall, who Zara is set to marry this summer.

The pair joined the thousands of fans at the Twickenham stadium in south west London this afternoon to watch the eagerly-anticipated game.

And showing no airs and graces, they blended in with the crowd, chatting to match-goers around them.

Here they come: Zara points across the stadium as she and her cousin get ready for the start of the big match

A right Royal giggle: Zara and Harry burst into laughter as they share a joke with a fellow fan in front of them

They even got into the full spirit of the afternoon by donning white flat caps with the St George's Cross on the top - although at one point it seemed Zara took some persuading to keep hers on.

There would have been plenty of celebrating going on this evening after England beat France 17-9.

Zara, 29, announced her engagement to Tindall, 32, at the end of last month, two months after Prince William, 28, announced his engagement to Kate Middleton, 29.

Zara and Tindall were introduced to each other by her cousin Harry at a bar in Sydney, Australia in 2002.

Hello, down there: Harry stands over his cousin and pats her head before making her laugh

You have to wear it at all times: Zara looked as though she was protesting about keeping her St George's Cross flat cap on

Last year, the couple bought a £800,000 house together in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, which is where Tindall proposed.

And unlike William and Kate's arranged photo call in front of the world's media after announcing their engagement, Zara and Tindall's was typically understated.

Game on: Tindall (front) in action during today's Six Nations game against France

Posing together in casual attire outside their house in deep snow, she said: ‘I was really shocked when Mike proposed but I am very happy.'

Tindall added: ' am delighted that Zara has agreed to marry me. We are both very excited about the next stage in our lives together.’

The happy couple: Tindall and Zara posed for the cameras outside their Gloucestershire home, after they announced their engagement last month


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