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Mike Tindall's new venture revealed – and he's following in the Queen's footsteps!

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Diane Shipley
Diane ShipleySenior Online Writer
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Zara Tindall's husband Mike is already a retired rugby union star and successful podcast host but he's now added a new string to his bow.

The dad-of-three has launched a new gin brand with his friends James Haskell and Alex Payne, who are also the co-hosts of his show, The Good, the Bad & The Rugby.

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Called Blackeye, the spirit comes in a distinctive black bottle and costs £40 for an unsigned bottle and £60 for a signed one.

No doubt the Queen will appreciate her grandson-in-law's endeavours, because she is known to enjoy gin herself from time to time – as well as to sell it!

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The Buckingham Palace shop offers a bottle of dry gin for £40, which is infused with 12 botanicals from the Palace gardens, including lemon verbena and mulberry leaves.

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The Queen Mother was also a fan of gin, typically enjoying a gin cocktail with Dubonnet, a French aperitif made from fortified wine.

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The Queen sells gin via the Buckingham Palace shop

Mike has been busy lately, with the live tour of The Good, the Bad & The Rugby taking place across the UK.

He also attended Wimbledon with his wife earlier this week, and was a prominent figure at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

He drew attention for one moment in particular, when he was seen interacting with young Prince Louis during the Jubilee Pageant!

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Mike joked with Prince Louis during the Jubilee celebrations

The retired sports star was pictured giving the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's youngest son a tongue-in-cheek warning, gesturing to Louis that he was keeping an eye on him.

On a later episode of Mike's popular podcast, he was quizzed by his co-hosts about what exactly had happened. "Mike was keeping the future king's children in line," joked James, to which Alex replied: "What were you actually doing at that point, with the old [eye gesture]?"

"I actually can't remember, I can't remember what he was doing," Mike replied, before adding: "He's such a good character he is, Louis."

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