Mike Tindall reflects that the ‘world has lost a grandmother’ in Queen Elizabeth in sweet podcast tribute

Mike Tindall has reflected upon the how the loss of the Queen has been felt around the world as he opened up on the 'emotional' past few weeks

Mike Tindall has reflected upon the loss of the Queen, seen here side-by-side at different occasions
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Mike Tindall has reflected that the “world has lost a grandmother” following Queen Elizabeth’s passing as he opened up in a sweet podcast tribute. 


Whilst the Royal Family’s official mourning period has now drawn to an end, they will continue to grieve and reflect upon the extraordinary life and legacy of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. The Queen’s children, grandchildren (opens in new tab) and several of her great-grandchildren (opens in new tab) have come together during the past few weeks since her passing, with many of these key royals sharing powerful tributes to Her Majesty. 

Now the husband of Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall (opens in new tab), Mike Tindall has reflected that the “world has lost a grandmother” as he paid tribute to the Queen on his podcast, The Good, The Bad and The Rugby. 

Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster

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Titled HM The Queen: GBR’s Reflection, the new episode’s description declared that this instalment comes ahead of the official start of season 3 and is a “special episode of reflection” where the hosts pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth.

Asked how he’s been, Mike explained to his fellow hosts that the past few weeks were “sad, emotional, but happy”. The retired rugby star added that it was in “some ways amazing” as they saw “the family come so close together overnight” following the sad announcement that Queen Elizabeth had died at Balmoral (opens in new tab) in Scotland.

“You never predict it. A 96-year-old lady, you know at some point it’s going to happen but you’re never ready for when it does and I’m not even a direct family member in terms of blood,” Mike said.

He continued, "Watching what my wife Zara had to go through, obviously she loved the Queen beyond everything else. Their connection with horses, same with the Princess Royal, they had a real bond around that.”

Whilst members of The Firm (opens in new tab) have lost their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mike suggested that Her Majesty was, in a way, also a grandmother to people across the whole globe.

“What really blew me away was how the country, how the world - you know, they invited 180 foreign dignitaries and all 180 said yes and turned up,” he said, before later going on to add, "It's like the world has lost their grandmother in some way."

Savannah Phillips (left) Zara Tindall (centre) and Isla Phillips (second left), Lena Tindall and Mike Tindall (second right) arrive for the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II

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The podcast host paid his respects to the Queen at her funeral and committal service and he was also present as her coffin arrived to Lie-In-State at Westminster Hall earlier that week. Following her passing, Mike Tindall paid tribute to the Queen (opens in new tab) with a heartbreaking drawing of a corgi - a breed long associated with the monarch. 

Now as Mike Tindall has reflected on these “emotional” past few weeks as the royal mourning period ended, it's incredibly moving that he also honored the impact she made around the world as Queen.