Mike Tindall Still in Line of Succession—How He Could Become King - Ruck

Mike Tindall Still in Line of Succession—How He Could Become King

With the Royal Family featuring prominently in the news this week, we’re reminded of the former England Rugby star who will have considerable personal interest in recent events.

Mike Tindall famously married Zara Phillips, the eldest granddaughter of the current Queen, in 2011 and the couple have two children together.

Otley-born Tindall won 75 caps as a centre and scored 74 points for England in a stellar career between 2000 and 2011, a run which included winning the Rugby World Cup in 2003.

He met his now wife, who won a silver medal for Great Britain in Equestrian at the 2012 Olympics, during the historic 2003 tournament in Australia.

And Tindall would actually become ‘King of England’ – the role currently held by Charles III – should an unlikely turn of events happen.

Zara’s family lineage means she was sixth in line for the throne when she was born.

Subsequent births and deaths in her family, she is now 18th in line for the throne, but she WOULD take up the position as reigning monarch should the 18 members of the Royal Family in front of her not be interested in taking on the role, or otherwise unable to do so.

Such a turn of events would pave the way for Mike Tindall to be the most senior male Royal in the country as ‘King of the United Kingdom!’

7 rugby legends you didn’t realise were still playing…

For fans of a certain age, it’s distressing to see the emergence of rugby players who were born in the 2000s.

It’s a reminder that you’re much older than you think, and that you’ve probably missed your chance to turn pro.

Below, we have rounded up five internationals that we are certain you will be surprised to learn are still playing. 

Did we miss anybody particularly noteworthy? Make sure you let us know in the comments below. 

#1. Phil Vickery (England)

  • Age: 46
  • Total caps:78
  • Last appearance: vs New Zealand (June 2014)

The World Cup-winning tighthead has played in four or five charity games this season and doesn’t appear to have lost a step.

He retired with 73 England caps and five Test appearances for the Lions, three of them against Australia in 2001 and two versus the Springboks in 2009.Advertisement

Although he missed the 2003 Grand Slam campaign through injury, Vickery returned to play a key role in England’s World Cup triumph in Australia.