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Why Mike Tindall's best man had a black eye at royal wedding

The rugby player and Princess Anne's daughter tied the knot in 2011


Mike Tindall and his best man Iain on his wedding day with Zara Tindall
3 April 2023
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Mike Tindall has previously revealed that some members of the royal family questioned whether he would have his broken nose fixed ahead of his wedding with Zara Tindall, but he wasn't the only one to sport an injury on his big day.

The former rugby player asked Iain Balshaw to be his best man, and he was pictured outside Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh on 30 July 2011 looking dapper in a morning suit next to Zara's maid of honour Dolly Maude

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While his black jacket, pinstripe trousers and tie looked picture-perfect, Iain had a black eye with cuts and gashes on his left temple.

Unlike the groom, who had got his nose injuries from rugby, the professional sports player had reportedly suffered from a moped accident in France the week before the royal wedding.

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Zara Tindall's chief bridesmaid Dolly Maude with Mike Tindall's best man Iain© Rex
Best man Iain was pictured with a swollen eye at the 2011 royal wedding

Mike is believed to have broken his nose at least eight times during his career before he retired in 2014, but he didn't have corrective surgery until 2018 – seven years after his wedding.

His mother-in-law Princess Anne reportedly asked the star to get it fixed as she feared how the wedding photographs might look, Mike told producers and crew on the set of Sky 1 sports quiz A League Of Their Own in March 2011. 

"Princess Anne asked me if I'd have the surgery," he admitted.

Zara Tindall and her new husnand Mike on their wedding day© Photo: Getty Images
Mike Tindall admitted that Princess Anne asked about his nose ahead of his wedding with Zara

However, when he did finally get the surgery, which included putting rib cartilage into his nose, his fans took a while to spot the difference in his appearance.

Chatting to HELLO! while promoting the Val d'Istance Challenge, the former England captain explained: "I was getting a lot of headaches and my sinuses were fully shut so he had to drill me some new ones so it needed to be done."

He added: "I would say that I did have it done six weeks before anyone actually noticed, in terms of media-wise. It's been fine, exactly the reaction I wanted."

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