Why was Mike Tindall wearing three medals at the Queen’s funeral?

Ross McGuinness

Mon, 19 September 2022 at 4:02 pm

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, held at Westminster Abbey, London. Picture date: Monday September 19, 2022.
Zara and Mike Tindall, who was wearing three medals, at the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey, London, on Monday. (PA)

The Queen’s state funeral was attended by royals and dignitaries from all over the world.

However, there was one figure in particular who sparked debate on social media over his attire at the funeral.

Former England rugby player Mike Tindall, 43, is married to Zara Tindall, née Phillips, the Queen’s eldest granddaughter and daughter of Princess Anne.

During Monday’s funeral, he was spotted wearing three medals on his jacket, causing many Twitter users to ask what they were for.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's Orb and Sceptre, is carried by the Bearer Party the royal family look on (front row) King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, the Prince of Wales, Prince George, the Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Mike Tindall, (second row) the Duke of Sussex, the Duchess of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn, Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie, Sarah, Duchess of York, the Earl of Snowdon, Viscount Linley and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones (third row) Samuel Chatto, Arthur Chatto, Lady Sarah Chatto, Daniel Chatto, the Duke of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, the Earl and Countess of St Andrews, Edward Windsor Lord Downpatrick, Lady Amelia Windsor and Lady Marina Windsor during the State Funeral at Westminster Abbey in London. Picture date: Monday September 19, 2022.
Zara and Mike Tindall were among the royals seated in the right hand aisle at the Queen’s state funeral. (PA)
Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall arrive for the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, held at Westminster Abbey, London. Picture date: Monday September 19, 2022.
Zara and Mike Tindall arriving for the Queen’s state funeral. (PA)

One person tweeted: “What did Mike Tindall do to get four military medals? Watch Dad’s Army?”

Another said: “What medals has Mike Tindall got? Has he got his World Cup winners medal pinned to his jacket?”

One Twitter user wrote: “Mike Tindall with a chest full of medals. He was an egg chaser, not a military man.”

But none of Tindall’s medals have anything to do with the military.

One of his medals relates to the fact that Tindall is a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), handed out for his services to sport.

In 2003, he was part of the England squad that won the Rugby World Cup in Australia.

The MBE medal was the cross-shaped one he was wearing at the funeral.

The other two medals were given to him in commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond and Platinum Jubilees respectively.

These were given to him as he is a member of the Royal Family.

The Queen’s state funeral is not the first occasion that Tindall has worn all three medals.

In June, he wore the trio of medals at a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

He wore all three together again just last week, at a service which concluded with the Queen’s coffin being brought to Westminster Hall to lie in state.

During the state funeral, Zara and Mike Tindall sat across the aisle from King Charles III and senior members of the Royal Family.

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall pay their respects after the service and procession for the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II into Westminster Hall, London, where it will lie in state ahead of her funeral on Monday. Picture date: Wednesday September 14, 2022. See PA story DEATH Queen. Photo credit should read: Chris Furlong/PA Wire
Mike Tindall also wore three medals last week at the procession of the Queen’s coffin into Westminster Hall for her lying in state. (PA)
Mike and Zara Tindall leaving the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, on day two of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Friday June 3, 2022.
Mike Tindall wearing three medals at a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, in June to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. (PA)

At the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said of the Queen: “People of loving service are rare in any walk of life. Leaders of loving service are still rarer.

“But in all cases those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privileges are long forgotten.

“The grief of this day – felt not only by the late Queen’s family but all round the nation, Commonwealth and world – arises from her abundant life and loving service, now gone from us.

“She was joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives.”

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