Zara Tindall's piercing revelation at Prince Charles' party—reports of 'royal rebel' behavior

Zara Tindall's piercing revelation at Prince Charles' party— reportedly the young royal rebelled just like any other youth

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall attend day 4 'Gold Cup Day' of the Cheltenham Festival 2020 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 13, 2020 in Cheltenham, England.
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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!


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.

Zara Phillips during 2003 London Fashion Week - Betty Jackson Spring 2004 Collection - Front Row at Duke of York, Kings Road in London, United Kingdom.

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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 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.

Zara Phillips is hugged by her mother, Princess Anne, after competing in the Gatcombe Park Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, on August 7, 2005 near Tetbury, England.

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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 Hanna
Aoife Hanna

Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.

She's an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

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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