Princess Anne twinned with Zara Tindall's most controversial look - before she was even born

Princess Anne twinned with Zara Tindall in 1969 12 years before she was born and it's not just their outfits that are identical!

Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Zara Tindall attend Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 16, 2022 in Ascot, England.
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Princess Anne twinned with Zara Tindall's more daring looks way back in 1969 and as these images show - this tight-knit pair is very much cut from the same mold! Did somebody say style inspo? More like actual twins!

Anne, Princess Royal, in Austria during a state visit with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, May 1969 / Prince Harry and Zara Phillips during The Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Charles And Camilla Parker Bowles - Outside at Guildhall in Windsor, Great Britain.

(Image credit: Terry Disney/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images AND Goffredo di Crollalanza/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

Zara Tindall and Princess Anne's relationship is definitely mother and daughter relationship goals. Images of the pair routinely having an absolute laugh are often published and it's crystal clear that the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree. As the old adage goes, "she's her mother's daughter," and if their insane physical similarities don't show that enough, then their sartorial choices most certainly will.

Way back in 1969, while in Austria during a state visit with her parents, the late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne styled it out like the fashion icon she truly was. Nearly four decades later, at the nuptials of King Charles and Camilla Queen Consort - Zara emulated her mother's iconic fedora look.

Hats off to Zara, who's certainly inherited her mother's love of funky headwear and daring outfits, but at the time she was slated by some for the outfit. Subsequently many criticized the look including writer Liz Jones who wrote a scathing critique on her style in the Daily Mail back in 2012. Addressing the wedding look she said that it, "would have been fine were Zara to have worn it out shopping. For the wedding of Charles and Camilla in April 2005 the black suede boots are sloppy and shirtwaister dress too casual."

Princess Anne and Sir John Hunter, shipyard owner, in Tyneside to launch new ship - May 1969 / Zara Phillips Attending A Lunch At The Royal Naval College, Greenwich For Members Of Royal Families And Guests Attending The Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebrations

(Image credit: Gordon Amroy/Staff/Daily Express/Mirrorpix/Getty Images AND Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images)

However, history has firmly honored Zara's look with some saying that the outfit and her style in general during this period epitomizes the fashion of the time. Many, including Tatler, have even gone so far as to dub her a noughties fashion icon!

Examining the royal's Y2K wardrobe, Tatler discussed many elements - including her fantastic hat collection. Commenting that, "a hat can make an outfit," they added, "Tindall was an early adopter of exemplary hats, and not just on the racecourse. The young royal rocked them all; flatcaps, cowboy styles and even fedoras." They also referred to her other accessories, including her shades, which are just like the Princess Royal's 'snazzy' sunglasses collection.

It's not just Gatcombe Park, where they both reside, nor their style that these royal relatives share as their resemblance is uncanny. Photos of Princess Anne and her only daughter Zara at the same age are so similar that if it weren't for the obvious difference in camera quality - it would be very difficult to tell who's who.

Aoife Hanna
Junior News Editor

Aoife is an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

Formerly woman&home's junior news editor and a contributing writer at Bustle, her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica and EVOKE.

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