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Zara Phillips and Sophie Winkleman arrive for reception a hosted by the Lord Mayor of London at The Guildhall in London on June 3, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. © Getty

Zara Tindall just avoided a major fashion faux pas at Buckingham Palace

The daughter of Princess Anne is one step ahead when it comes to keeping her outfit intact….

Laura Sutcliffe
Fashion and Beauty News Editor
May 22, 2024
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On Tuesday afternoon, members of the royal family braved the rain at a garden party hosted by the Prince of Wales on behalf of King Charles.

WATCH: The royal palace garden party

Zara Tindall, alongside her husband Mike, joined Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Peter Phillips at the soiree and looked as stunning as ever in a  beautiful getup, which consisted of a fabulous white satin shirt dress by Laura Green, a bubblegum pink hat, and a pair of Emmy London high heels in blush pink. These heels were also worn by the Princess of Wales. Great minds!

Zara Tindall arrives to attend The Sovereign's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace© Getty
Zara braved the rain at Buckingham Palace

Speaking of Zara's heels, the mother-of-three actually protected her fancy stamps and stopped herself from sinking into the grass with a pair of heel protectors! So genius.

 A close-up of Zara Tindall's footwear with heel stoppers at the Sovereign's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 21, 2024 in London, England.© Getty
Zara Tindall's heel stoppers protected her Emmy London heels

'How to stop your heels sinking into the grass' is a common query typed into Google. Heel protectors easily slip onto your shoes, and there are some great brands out there selling clips to dispel this problem.

Meghan Markle's similar shoe disaster

It's always a good idea to try and protect fancy shoes when there is wet grass involved - the Duchess of Sussex actually encountered this problem back in 2018.

Meghan Markle wearing a Self Portrait dress at the Invictus Games Reception in 2018© Getty
Meghan Markle wearing a Self Portrait dress at the Invictus Games Reception in 2018

Meghan previously attended the Invictus Games reception in London that year, with her then fiancé Prince Harry. She teamed her green Self Portrait midi dress with a pair of very expensive Manolo Blahnik BB black suede point toe pumps.

Meghan Markle's muddy heels from 2018© Max Mumby/Indigo
Meghan Markle had a muddy heel situation in 2018

But on close inspection at the time, the skinny spine heels of the shoes were covered in... filthy mud! Yes, really. The royal-to-be must have worn the shoes as she walked through a muddy puddle, or accidentally sunk her expensive high heels into grass - rather similar to Renee Zellweger's character in Bridget Jones' Baby. You know the scene - when Bridget goes to Glastonbury in all-white and high heels? Who would have thought it.

The former Suits star definitely needed to take a leaf out of Zara's book there!

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