Zara Tindall could put career dream on hold as she prepares to welcome royal baby

Zara Tindall may ‘turn down’ offer from Queen says expert

Zara Tindall, 39, is Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest granddaughter and shares her passion for horseriding. Zara followed in her mother Princess Anne’s, 70, footsteps to become the second-ever Royal Family member to compete in the Olympic Games, winning silver with Team GB’s equestrian team in 2012 in London.

Nearly a decade on from her first Olympics, Zara had hoped to compete again in the 2020 Tokyo Games but her dreams were dashed after the event was postponed amid the pandemic last summer.

Despite fears the 2021 Games could be postponed again this summer, Olympic organisers have insisted they will go ahead as planned.

On Friday World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said: “The government in Japan, the organising committee, the international federations and particularly the athletes are all unified in their determination to try to deliver a Games that is safe and secure.

“It’s a challenge but it’s the challenge that at this very moment all the key players are actually up for an that’s why I have a confidence, with the insights as an international federation – the number one Olympic sport can bring to bear on that.”

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Mr Coe added: “Firstly, there is the vaccine and we were a long way away from even thinking about that at this stage last year.

“And I know that at this stage (last year) athletes were beginning to find it really difficult to maintain their training regimes and that competitions were beginning to slide off the radar screen.

“Now they are having greater access both to training and competitions.

“So there is an absolute cast-iron determination to deliver the Games but to deliver them in a safe and secure environment.”

While Zara may be pleased to hear the Games are likely to go ahead, the pregnant royal may choose to postpone her Olympic dreams.

Zara and Mike shared their pregnancy news ahead of Christmas and their royal baby is expected to arrive in spring.

The 2021 Olympics are scheduled to take place from July 23 which could be a matter of weeks after Zara has given birth.

Whether or not the new mum will decide to get back in the saddle and compete in the Olympics this summer remains to be seen.

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Last year during lockdown, Zara spoke about the joy of representing her country.

She told Horse and Hound Magazine: “I love riding for my country; those have been the best experiences of my career.

“To get your horse to that level is what it’s all about and what we all strive for.

“I love the big occasion because I love the pressure – sitting on a horse that you know is good enough, you are fully prepared, riding for your country, it’s what your dreams are made of.”

Zara and Mike already have two daughters – Lena, two, and Mia, six, and live on the Gatcombe Park Estate in Gloucestershire.

Unlike her royal cousins Prince William and Harry, Zara was raised without a royal title.

Zara and Mike are raising their daughters Lena and Mia and private citizens and are unlikely to accept an official title for their third child.

The low-key couple are often praised for their down-to-earth ways and are regulars at Royal Family events.

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