Zara Tindall's piercing was revealed at Prince Charles' 50th birthday, according to reports. The body modification in question, a tongue piercing, shows that the keen equestrian is a bit of a royal rebel!
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Growing up has milestones that are universal to most. Learning to walk; your first day at school; first love; and of course—ill-advised style choices and body modifications.
Seemingly, Gatcombe Park is home to a true royal rebel—Zara Tindall.
Speaking on 'The Royals,' a Netflix documentary made in 2013, royal author Philip Dampier claimed that Zara, a successful equestrian, caused quite the fuss when she arrived at her uncle's 50th birthday bash with her new jewelry.
Philip said, “When she had her tongue stud put in. I think it came on the back of some other publicity she had had prior to that."
Zara was approximately 17-years-of-age at the time and, despite neither having royal titles nor being a working royal, was often the subject of unfair and invasive press attention.
“She was getting an image which was either deserved or undeserved,” added Phillip.
Unfortunately, being a member of the Royal Family comes with even more rules to be broken. Zara's position in the firm allowed for her to express herself in ways that her cousins Prince William and Prince Harry weren't able to.
The Express (opens in new tab) reports that reported Ashley Pearson said, “I think it’s far easier for a minor royal like Zara Phillips to act out and rebel and pierce her tongue, which she did."
Rebellion is relative to the time it's happening and Zara's mother Princess Anne was a royal rebel in her day too. In fact, this wasn't the first untraditional jewelry choice made in the House of Windsor, as Princess Anne broke royal protocol with both of her engagement rings.
You only need to look at examples like Princess Anne's hilarious reaction to her attempted kidnapper, her successful equestrian career, and her wicked sense of humor to see that rebellion might actually be genetic!
Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.
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Formerly Aoife was a contributing writer at Bustle and her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica, EVOKE and her poetry features in the Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.
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