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Mike and Zara Tindall's rare unearthed photos from their early days as a couple

The royal couple are parents to Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall

Split image showing Zara and Mike Tindall in early romance days
Francesca Shillcock
Francesca ShillcockSenior Features Writer
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Thanks to their down-to-earth nature and family values, Zara and Mike Tindall are one of royal fans' favourite couples. The couple, who met in 2003, have blossomed from their early dating days into a happily married pair and the proud parents of three children.

Zara is not a working royal but as Princess Anne's daughter, she and Mike are senior members of the royal family and therefore, generally speaking, keep their private life away from the spotlight. However, their respective careers in the sporting world and love of family days out have meant that the couple have been photographed together looking loved up many times over the years they've spent together.

And despite their royal status, they aren't afraid to show affection out in public. There have been some seriously adorable snaps taken of the pair, particularly when they first began dating…

WATCH: Zara and Mike Tindall leave the church on their wedding day in 2011

Mike and Zara Tindall's early romance in photos

Love is in the air

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall© Jon Furniss,Getty

This photo from 2005 shows England rugby player Mike Tindall and Zara, who was Zara Phillips at the time, stepping out together to attend a glitzy premiere. The couple had met just two years earlier while both were in Australia.

The couple met at the Manly Wharf bar in Sydney, with the duo immediately hitting it off. According to reports, Mike was drowning his sorrows after being dropped from the England squad shortly before the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup, but things took a positive turn when he met his future wife.

A day at the races

Zara Phillips & Mike Tindall Attend Day One Of The Cheltenham Festival Race Meeting 2005© Mark Cuthbert,Getty

Zara and Mike love nothing more than a day at the races. This adorable photo from 2005 shows the in-love pair at Cheltenham watching the sporting action from a balcony. 

Zara seems to be more interested in her hunky boyfriend, however, and can't resist planting a kiss on his cheek.

Supportive boyfriend

Britain's Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, talks to her friend Mike Tindall before the competition at the European Equestrian Championship 2007 at the Pratoni Del Vivaro, south of Rome, 16 September 2007© TIZIANA FABI,Getty

Mike is known for his career as a former professional rugby player, but Zara has her own impressive sporting credentials. The daughter of Princess Anne is an Olympic equestrian and has even won a silver medal. 

Their mutual love of sport and competition was no doubt something they bonded over in their early days and Mike has been pictured watching Zara compete plenty of times over the years. This sweet photo shows a fresh-faced Zara and Mike in 2007 while attending the equestrian champions in Rome, in 2007.

Dressed to the nines

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall at event© Ferdaus Shamim,Getty

This public appearance of Zara and Mike at the 2007 Glamour Women of the Year Awards shows off their fun side. The pair pose for photographs on the red carpet while dressed in their finery ahead of the glitzy party. Couples that party together…

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Kiss me quick

Zara Phillips kisses boyfriend Mike Tindall after completing the cross country phase of the Badminton Horse Trials on May 2, 2010 in Badminton, Gloucestershire.© Max Mumby/Indigo,Getty

One thing about Zara and Mike is that they aren't afraid of a public display of affection! This cute snap shows Zara and Mike walking as they embrace for a kiss during a day out at the horse racing championships.

She said yes!

Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne, and grand-daughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, poses for a photograph with her fiance, England rugby player Mike Tindall, after the announcement of their engagement, at their home in Gloucestershire, south west England on December 21, 2010© TIM IRELAND,Getty

This photo was taken in 2010 shortly after Mike got down on one knee and asked Zara to be his wife. The royal, of course, accepted and the two looked on top of the world during the official engagement shoot.

Husband and wife

Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips are pictured in Holyrood Abbey, Palace of Holyroodhouse on their wedding day in 2011© Getty

Mike and Zara married in July 2011 in a gorgeous ceremony held at Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh.

The big day was attended by senior members of the royal family including the late Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and Zara's cousins, Prince William and Prince Harry.

PDA alert

Zara Phillips kisses husband Mike Tindall as they attend day 3 of The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park on August 7, 2011 in Stroud, England© Max Mumby/Indigo,Getty

Shortly after getting hitched in Edinburgh, Mike and Zara were once again back enjoying fun days out.

Here, the couple embrace while attending the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park in August, 2011. Gatcombe Park is where the royal couple reside.

Mum and dad to be

Mike Tindall & Zara Phillips stand in the winners enclosure after Monbeg Dude (owned by Mike Tindall) won the Majordomo Hospitality Handicap Steeple Chase at The International meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse on December 13, 2013 in Cheltenham, England© Max Mumby/Indigo,Getty

This sweet snap from December 2013 shows expectant mum Zara beaming when she was pregnant with her and Mike's first child, Mia, who was born a month later. 

The couple look happier than ever at the Cheltenham races shortly before becoming parents for the first time. Mike and Zara have since gone on to welcome their second, Lena, aged five and third offspring, Lucas, aged two.  

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