Mike Tindall was spotted wearing military-style medals at Wednesday’s Lying-in-State procession for the late Queen. This caused some confusion as Zara Tindall’s husband has no military experience. What do the medals represent?
Mike appeared to be wearing his Order of the British Empire medal on Wednesday’s solemn occasion.
This was given to the royal for Services to Rugby after the 2003 World Cup Win.
Which other medals did Zara’s husband wear?
Mike accessorised with his Diamond & Platinum Jubilee medals.
Mr Tindall was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2007 for his contribution to rugby.
This is the innermost medal, which he also wore to the Service of Thanksgiving during the Platinum Jubilee earlier this year.
This medal is in a cross shape and looked very respectful on the 43-year-old.
Mike’s other two medals are the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal.
The Diamond Jubilee Medal is a commemorative medal which was created in 2012 to mark the late Queen’s 60th year on the throne.
It is a silver medal bearing the Queen’s face, much like a coin, along with the year of her coronation and the year of the jubilee.
The father of three received a medal as a member of the Royal Family.
They were also given to members of the Armed Forces who had served longer than five years, operational members of the Prison Service, and emergency services personnel, as well as holders of the Victoria and George Cross.
Zara Tindall wore an elegant boat neckline dress as she received the late Queen’s coffin alongside her family on Wednesday.
The coffin was taken on a procession through central London to Westminster Hall, where the monarch will lie in state.
Zara added a pair of simple gold hoops adorned with pearls to elevate her respectful ensemble.
Pearls are often referred to as “mourning jewellery”, a tradition that dates back to Queen Victoria’s era.