Royalty and statesmen

The 30-year-old sports star, pictured with royal girlfriend Zara, was found to be over the limit when he took to the wheel of his car the morning after a day of drinking at the Cheltenham Festival last March
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Three year driving ban for Zara Phillips' boyfriend Mike Tindall

9 JANUARY 2009
Zara Phillips' rugby star boyfriend Mike Tindall has been banned for driving for three years after being found guilty of drink driving.

The 30-year-old England player was stopped by officers in Berkshire the morning after a day of drinking at the races with his royal girlfriend. He was found to be over the limit.

Magistrates in Reading were told on Thursday he had spent the afternoon before last March's incident at the Cheltenham Festival with the Queen's granddaughter. They had they gone on to a restaurant.

Gloucestershire-born Mike had the same penalty imposed for 16 months in 2000 following a similar offence.

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