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Old 05-21-2016, 05:27 AM
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Zara and Mike at the Mike Tindall Celebrity Golf Classic 2016 in Sutton Coldfield yesterday, May 20:



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Old 05-21-2016, 05:36 AM
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I love Mike's comment about his daughter and the portrait. That the little mischevious elf was becoming naughty and Granny told the little girl to hold her purse to try and get her under control Seeing pictures of her with her dad and cousins at Badminton, I have no doubt it was likely hard to get her cooperate too long even for Gan Gan.
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Zara cosies up to her husband Mike Tindall at Celebrity Pro-Am challenge | Daily Mail Online
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Old 06-05-2016, 03:40 AM
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Mike Tindall risks family rift as he insists daughter Mia will NOT attend Gordonstoun | Daily Mail Online
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Old 06-05-2016, 03:50 AM
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I highly doubt that Mike would make an unilateral decision without his wife. While Zara went there, he female cousins have not. I don't think it too surprising they would place her in a school nearer to home. As was done with the York girls and Louise. I am sure there are plenty of good schools near Gatcombe.
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Old 06-05-2016, 06:33 AM
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Well for starters few people consider boarding school for their kids until secondary school age (11+) anyway and, I'm not 100% sure but i don't think even Zara went to boarding school as young as Mia.

The other massive difference is that Zara was the daughter of a full time working royal and the grand daughter of the Queen, for her boarding school was possibly the best option as it kept her out of the public eye (didn't Sarah get constantly hounded by the press on her way to drop the girls off during her divorce?) and kept her looked after while Anne was off working. Mia will not have such a high profile to protect her from and she has a mother and father who by and large work close to home to be able to do the school run.

If Mike is talking about it to the media I bet he and Zara have already talked about it, and indeed probably already decided on what school Mia is going to for her first few years.
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Another piece of clickbait from the Daily Fail, whose journalists are, I'm sure, gnawing their nails to their knuckles worrying about Mia Tindall being sent to Gordonstoun next year! What a ridiculous lot of twaddle. I can imagine that Zara and Mike will probably follow the Wessexes' plan with Louise for Mia and then make up their mind when she's around twelve or so. Some children thrive at boarding school and enjoy it. Others (like Charles) don't. Time enough to decide which Mia is likely to be in another ten years.
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13 seems the standard age for the royal grandkids who have gone to boarding school. Peter and Zara at Gordonstoun, Eugenie at Marlburough, and William and Harry at Eton. Like Louise, Beatrice was a day student for her education at St George's, Bea at Ascot and Louise at Windsor.


There are certainly a number of great prep schools in Gloucestershire, near Gatcombe where they live, both boarding and day. If they do choose a boarding school, there are certainly closer options. Or a boarding school near Windsor or one of other royal estates so she is close to family. But seeing she is all of 2 years old, it will likely be 11 years before such a decision is made or at least made known.
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William and Harry were both 8 when they were sent to Ludgrove boarding school.
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William and Harry were both 8 when they were sent to Ludgrove boarding school.
True, but by then their patents mariage was already falling apart. So that may have been due to that.
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I forgot about Ludgrove I remember reading though, since Ludgrove was so close to home, Will and Harry were home on weekends. By the sounds of Mike's interview, one of his issues with Gordonstoun is how far it is from home. Mia would not easily be able to go home except holidays.

Considering the state of their parent's marriage, and all their travel, it was likely at times easier on the boys to be away at school and home on weekends.
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I highly doubt that Mike would make an unilateral decision without his wife. While Zara went there, he female cousins have not. I don't think it too surprising they would place her in a school nearer to home. As was done with the York girls and Louise. I am sure there are plenty of good schools near Gatcombe.
Savannah is attending the private school Zara first attended (Beaudesert?) which is right next to Gatcombe basically. Mia will most certainly end up going there to be with her cousins. I agree that I think they will follow the Wessex example and send their children to schools near their home. I can't see Louise going to boarding school - instead I can see her going to a private school for 13-18 instead. If they do send her then it will likely be Marlborough like Eugenie.

I imagine Zara isn't fussed but if Peter has sent Savannah to private school then I can see Zara doing the same. Also the names of the children for private schools are put down on lists long before they turn 5. Mia, if she's going to the same as Savannah, will already be on the schools books!
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Louise is 13 this year so we will soon see, as her present school is only till 13. If boarding school, I agree likely would do Marlborough like Eugenie. But I think it more likely she will move on to St George's, Ascot where both Beatrice and Lady Davina Lewis attended. It is only 11km from Windsor. I think they will follow the same pattern with James.

Beaudesert with Savannah is a good choice and a very likely option (Zara attended another day school before Gordonstoun as well). It doesn't mean when Mia is 13 they may not consider boarding school, but I don't see any of the young royal parents sending their kids to boarding school earlier than 13. If Mia goes, it will likely be as much her wanting to go away, as her parents' choice.
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I'm starting to keep an eye on Zara's horse, Watkins. He finished 8th at Tattersalls last weekend and got 19th at Chatsworth last month.

Eventing horses usually retire at 15-18 years old. High Kingdom is 15. So I was a little worried at who might replace him as Zara's top horse. When Toytown was 15, High kingdom was in the pipeline, and showing some promise. While there was no clear replacements for High Kingdom until Watkins suddenly started having good results this last month. Let's hope this last month wasn't an outlier and he continues to develop. Otherwise Zara's career might hit a brick wall in the near future.
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Her three other horses, Watkins, Drops of Brandy and Rum Expectations are all younger 8/9 years old. Hopefully HK has enough 2 or 3 years and one of the other three she can develop into her new key horse.

Does Zara own any of her horses (all)? The top riders I watched growing up most did, but I know not all.
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High Kingdom is owned by Trevor Hemmings. Watkins and Drops of Brandy are owned by Judith Luff. Rum Expectations is owned by Rebecca Ferry. I believe Zara owns Toytown, though. That might be why he's her favorite.

I'm not sure HK will last another 2-3 years. He's been injured, and I'm not convinced he's fully recovered. There's been several witnesses who've said HK is moving gingerly this year, and he's needed extra vet inspections, too.

I just haven't been impressed with her younger horses until Watkins this last month. Drops of Brandy was okay last year, okay but not great, but this year he's been a non-factor.
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Uncle William? The reporter evidently forgot this is Zara's cousin not her brother.

It's evident that Harry (and William) have a close relationship with Zara..and that Mia knows them...most children in that age range aren't relaxed around people unless they know them.

Nice set of pics.
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I loved the photos of the family at Beaufort, they were very sweet and heartwarming. Mia is such a little cutie! She reminds me of Zara when she was that age. It was nice to see her with Harry too. Who is the little boy who was with her in the first couple of photos, is he a child of Zara's friend?
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