What are Mike Tindalls medals? Zaras husband sports his honours to Kings Coronation05/06/2023
Mike Tindall sported three medals today as he accompanied his wife Zara at King Charles' Coronation.
The former England rugby captain and Zara, 41, who is Princess Anne's daughter, looked dapper as they attended the historic event at Westminster Abbey in London on Saturday.
I'm A Celeb star Mike, 44, who married the late Queen Elizabeth's daughter in 2011, was seen wearing three military-style medals for the service as he and his wife sat among the other members of the Royal Family.
Despite not serving in any department of the military, Mike was keen to display his love for the Royal Family and pay tribute to the late Queen by wearing his honours.
The medals included one shaped like a cross, which is his Member of the British Empire (MBE), which he was awarded in 2007 for his contribution to rugby. The veteran sportsman helped England gain World Cup victory against Australia in 2003.
He also wore the Diamond Jubilee medal, which was created to mark 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign in 2012.
It is silver and bears the Queen’s face, in a similar fashion to a coin, and is etched with the year of her coronation and the year of the jubilee.
It was awarded to every member of the Royal Family, as well as members of the Armed Forces who had served for five years or more, emergency services workers, those who already held Victoria and George crosses and operational members of the prison service.
Mike's third medal was awarded to mark the 2022 Platinum Jubilee, which celebrated the late Queen's 70-year reign in June.
It was handed to the same groups of people as the 2012 Jubilee medal, with around 400,000 being created by the Worcestershire Medal Service.
The dad of three faced harsh criticism from trolls online who questioned why he was wearing medals when he hadn't served time in the military when he was seen sporting his honours at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral events.
He promptly responded to the commentary on The Good, The Bad and The Rugby podcast, admitting he "hates" wearing the medals to formal engagements but he "can't control it".
He said: "It has been an interesting one, we've had this discussion on the fact that I hate wearing them anyway. I think you would be the same because you class medals as a military honour.
"Any serviceman, I am deeply appreciative of your service and I have not served anywhere and actually haven't done anything to achieve those medals apart from being in the family.
"So the Jubilee medals, obviously I got married in 2011, so 2012 was her Diamond Jubilee and you get a medal if you're part of the family."
Mike went on to explain that the people who worked in the Queen's household get a medal, and if you've been serving in the armed forces for five years, or if you're actively in service, you get one too.
He added: "So it's harder for [people in the] military to actually get a Jubilee medal unless they served for a long time"
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