Mike Tindall had many Royal Ascot viewers scratching their heads on Tuesday as they tried to work out exactly why he was a miniature top hat under his headpiece. The dad-of-two was captured showing the monarch, Princess Beatrice and the Countess of Wessex the contents of his hat – and it has now been revealed why he kept it hidden under there. Mike has since revealed that the miniature top hat was in fact made of chocolate and was a gift for his daughter Mia.
"It is a chocolate hat that I am taking home for my daughter Mia. I was given it at lunch but it is really annoying to store in a pocket so I decided to put it in my top hat instead," he told The Telegraph's royal correspondent Camilla Tominey. Asked whether the Queen found his sweet gesture funny, he replied: "They are your words, not mine!"
Look at the Queen's face!
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Mike was joined at the races by his wife Zara Tindall, who looked stunning in a floral Zimmermann dress, which she teamed with a pale cornflower blue hat. As a keen sportswoman herself, Zara is a huge fan of Royal Ascot in particular, and the couple looked delighted to be spending time with their family on the opening day.
Mike and Zara share two daughters
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Mike has a great relationship with the royal family, and is often seen laughing and joking with them all during public events. The sportsman married Zara in July 2011, and the pair share daughters Mia, five, and Lena – who turned one this week. Mike and Zara were recently pictured enjoying a day out at the Burnham Horse Trials with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two oldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.