Good luck to Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall today
The big day is finally here for Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall!
‘Training for a big challenge is her speciality.
And as Zara Phillips prepares for her wedding on Saturday, she is showing all the dedication and commitment that has made her a world-class sportswoman.
First on her schedule yesterday was a 7am jog to keep her svelte figure in tip-top shape for the big day.
In a baggy tracksuit and trainers, the bride-to-be ran through the streets of Cheltenham, where she lives with her fiancée, England rugby captain Mike Tindall.
The trim blonde with her hair in a ponytail – known as a Croydon facelift in some quarters – barely warranted a glance from passersby as she flashed past.
Afterwards Zara changed into jodhpurs for a three-hour exercise session with her horses at her mother’s Gatcombe Park estate, a short drive away.
Next on the training schedule was a visit to Calcot Manor, a hotel and spa near Prince Charles’s house in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.
There she put herself through her paces with a gym workout, swim, and finally for the no-nonsense Zara, a rather girly spa treatment.
Zara has been enjoying a series of indulgent beauty treatments at the £475-a-night country house hotel, set in 220 acres of Cotswold meadowland, in the run up to her wedding.
These have included £60 organic facial and scalp treatments by Cornish beauty firm Spiezia.
The facials incorporate yoga breathing and a Japanese massage technique known as ‘anma’ which are meant to be particularly relaxing, perfect for nervous brides.
After a couple of hours Zara left for home, still dressed in her tracksuit and sporting a £14,000 watch courtesy of her sponsors, Rolex.
Her diamond and platinum engagement ring added a little sparkle.
Friends say the Princess Royal’s daughter has been exercising ‘like a demon’ and cutting out sweet treats in order to look her best on Saturday.
‘Zara is a very confident girl but she is incredibly nervous as she knows all eyes will be upon her,’ a friend said.
‘Although she is a world champion sportswoman and has a fabulous figure, like most brides to be Zara has been throwing herself into a health and fitness regime and has actively been trying to lose weight.
‘She rides every day anyway but has been jogging and swimming as well.
‘Zara is actually really nervous and wants to look good on the day – particularly given the glowing reception that Kate Middleton received.’’
We wish Zara and Mike all the best for a happy marriage!
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