Zara Phillips: Another Royal Wedding Planned, This One for Zara Phillips

Zara Phillips is making headlines today as her engagement has been announced - making this the second royal wedding to be in the works.Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips is engaged to her long-term boyfriend Mike Tindall.

The palace said Tuesday that 29-year-old Phillips, who is 12th in line to the throne, had accepted a proposal from rugby player Tindall.Phillips is the daughter of Princess Anne and her ex husband Capt. Mark Phillips, and the queen's eldest granddaughter.She has a successful career as an equestrian.

Earlier in her equestrian career, Zara Phillips had broken her collarbone after her horse, Tsunami II, fell at a riding event in France. That incident came one year after another similar incident with the same horse - but did not result in any broken bones or severe injuries.

Following the incident where Zara Phillips broke her collarbone, the horse was killed because of its injuries in the accident.

While proper care could not be administered to the horse, Zara was cared for by some of the best in the sport - and no doubt - her status as a member of the royal family helped that.

Her cousin, Prince William, announced his engagement to Kate Middleton last month.

Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips, MBE (born 15 May 1981) is the second child and only daughter of Princess Anne, Princess Royal and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. She is the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and is 12th in the line of succession to the British throne.

An equestrian, Zara is the former Eventing World Champion who won the World Championship in Aachen and was voted 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year that year by the British viewing public (an award her mother won in 1971). Zara was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2007 New Year's Honours List for her services to equestrianism.Zara has an older brother, Peter Phillips, born 15 November 1977, and two half-sisters: Felicity Tonkin, born in 1985 to her father and Heather Tonkin; and Stephanie Phillips, born 2 October 1997 from her father's second marriage to Sandy Pflueger.She later qualified as a physiotherapist specialising in Equine Physiotherapy from the University of Exeter.During her time at school, she excelled at many sporting activities and represented her schools in hockey, athletics and gymnastics.
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