Zara and Mike Tindall's 'strategic reason' for sitting apart from Camilla in Wimbledon royal box

Mike and Zara Tindall at Wimbledon
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Zara and Mike Tindall, known for their love of sports, were spotted at day 10 of the high profile event that is Wimbledon. The niece of King Charles and her ex-rugby player husband enjoyed a day out to watch the quarter-final action on Centre Court.

Given their Royal connections and popularity among Royal enthusiasts, one might expect them to be seated in the esteemed Royal box.

However, that honour was bestowed upon Zara's older brother, Peter Phillips, Princess Anne's eldest son. He enjoyed the Centre Court spectacle with his new girlfriend, Harriet Sperling, and Queen Camilla. Surprisingly, there wasn't room for Zara and Mike in the box; they sat elsewhere during their tennis day out, and it seems to be related to one of Zara's roles.

Besides being a champion equestrian and mother of three, Zara is also a brand ambassador for several luxury brands, including the upscale watchmaker Rolex, a major sponsor of the tournament. So, at Wimbledon, she sat in seats reserved for those invited by Rolex, not with her older brother, his girlfriend, and Camilla.

The parents of the Princess of Wales were also present at Wimbledon but didn't sit in the Royal Box either. However, they did secure these prestigious seats when they attended the tournament last week.

The exclusive box at Wimbledon is invite-only, with only the biggest stars scoring one of the 74 luxury seats. Invitations are extended to a select few, including heads of government, tennis world figures, commercial partners, British armed forces, prominent media organisations, and supporters of British tennis.

Queen Camilla in the Royal Box at Wimbledon today
Queen Camilla in the Royal Box at Wimbledon today

And Queen Camilla enjoyed her day out at Wimbledon, taking in the quarter-final action on Centre Court. She looked chic in a cream linen dress adorned with large giraffe motifs by Anna Valentine, and a Jack Russell brooch from Van Cleef and Arpels.

Upon arrival, she met former player Laura Robson, who now works in international player relations. The Queen revealed that it was "so nice to be able to escape for a day".

She also took time to praise head gardener Martyn Falconer, who has been tending to Wimbledon's plants for 25 years. "It all looks fantastic. It always looks absolutely perfect," she complimented him.

She even had a chance encounter with another Camila the daughter of Mexican doubles player Santiago Gonzalez. After the young girl introduced herself, the Queen joked, "fancy having two Camillas here" and asked if she would like a picture together.