Princess Anne’s body language is ‘more tactile and expressive’ with ‘spontaneous’ Zara

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Princess Anne, 71, a former equestrian, instilled her love of horses and the countryside into her daughter, Zara Phillips, 40. Zara, who in 2011 married rugby player Mike Tindall, 43, went on to win a Silver Medal in the 2012 London Olympics for Team GB. Princess Anne herself presented the medal to Zara, as she is the President of the British Olympic Association.

Anne’s ‘no-nonsense’ attitude undoubtedly raised a very down-to-earth royal in Zara, who was raised without a title and lives a relatively private life with her family out in Gloucestershire.

Zara and Mike have since welcomed three children: Mia, seven, Lena, three, and eight-month-old baby Lucas.

Body language expert Judi James spoke exclusively to about the relationship between Princess Anne and Zara Tindall and analysed their mother/daughter bond as it appears in the Royal Family.

Judi said: “This is one of the closest and most functional parent/child relationships in the Royal Family, with signals of mutual respect and empathy.

“There are obviously many loving parental blends among the royals.

“But with Anne and Zara, there seems to be a meeting of minds at every level.

“If you took the weight of the air of royal formality out of Anne’s body language, what you would have left would probably look very much like Zara.

“Anne appears to have given her daughter the freedom she missed out on as a top-tier and very dutiful royal.

“Zara seems to have paid her mother back by leading the kind of life Anne might have wanted for herself.

“Anne’s gift of freedom has never appeared to have been wasted on Zara.

“This probably accounts for some of their friendship signals together now.

“Zara’s body language is unrelentingly upbeat and spontaneous.

“She seems to be openly happy and openly emotional whenever we see her in public.

“She is tactile and expressive and it is notable that she appears to bring out those qualities in her mother when they are together.

“Anne has often looked dour and rather haughty in the past.

“But with Zara, there are clear links of shared humour and a sense of fun.

“But the two women also share high levels of success outside the Royal Family.

“This has given both, what must feel like a certain amount of confidence, they have earned their place in the public eye and the public’s respect.

“Both have had amazingly successful careers as Olympic-level riders and this shared love of horses.

“Plus, the shared respect for the discipline involved has thrown up many signals of professional as well as parental respect.”

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