Royals who didnt appear on balcony for Trooping the Colour had secret lunch reveals Mike Tindall

Ex-rugby star Mike Tindall has revealed the news that all of the royal attendees who didn’t appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the Platinum Jubilee ’s Trooping the Colour parade were treated to a secret lunch instead.

Zara Phillips ' ex-rugby star husband, 43, admitted the meal with his wife's cousins and their partners in London on Thursday was one of his 'highlights' of the Platinum Jubilee as he opened up during The Good, The Bad and The Rugby podcast for the first time following the celebration.

Speaking about the Jubilee celebrations overall, Mike said: “It was outstanding, to be fair. It was just great to be a part of”, adding: “We had a good cousins' lunch on the Thursday. That was a highlight”.

Although the location of the secret lunch has not yet been revealed, many fans have speculated it may have been held at the exclusive Scott's restaurant in Mayfair, where the Tindalls, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie alongside their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank enjoyed a similar lunch back in March this year.

During the same interview, Mike also went on to reveal that while celebrating the Queen ’s 70 year reign, he had also struggled to wrangle the younger royals, including Prince Louis and his own daughters Mia and Lena after they’d tucked into more than a few sweets.

Mike said: “It's tough for them. They're all young. It's a long time.But as any parents know you just do whatever needs to be done.

“Louis, he was just wanting to have fun. And my two are always mischievous so it's trying to keep a lid on. There were a lot of sweets out back though, so there was a real sugar high”.


In a now iconic moment, Mike had been captured on camera trying to reason with a restless Prince Louis as he got into mischief during Sunday’s Jubilee pageant.

After amusing scenes which saw the youngster warm the hearts of the nation as he blew raspberries at his mother and even tried to shush her, Mike had a quiet word with the cheeky little one and made an ‘I’m watching you’ gesture at the young royal as he encouraged him to behave.

Mike also went on to praise the Queen for her “perfect” skit with childhood staple Paddington, telling listeners: “I've always said she is very funny”.

During the skit, the 96 year old royal appeared alongside the marmalade loving bear as they discussed several amusing things, including how the monarch herself kept an emergency stash of marmalade sandwiches in her own handbag.


The skit, which was loved by fans, was also a complete surprise to her relatives, with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all stunned and tickled by the entertaining performance which none of them knew was happening.

Filmed entirely in one day, the queen showcased her sense of humour as she settled into the entertaining performance alongside the bear from deepest, darkest Peru, with many fans comparing it to her Olympic performance, which saw the Queen (with the help of a stunt double) leap from a Helicopter alongside super spy James Bond.

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