Zara and Mike are the latest royals to visit world darts final (but what was Kate Middleton doing there)
There must have been times last year when Zara Phillips wished her husband Mike Tindall would keep a low profile.
Last night, however, she was all smiles as she joined the England rugby player in becoming the centre of attention at the World Darts Championship.
Zara, 30, and Mike, 33, turned up at the final at London’s Alexandra Palace, where they joked around in the crowd, wearing fancy dress and posing for photographs with fellow fans – one of whom wore an uncanny mask of the Duchess of Cambridge's face.
Unexpected guest! Zara poses with a fan masquerading as the Duchess of Cambridge at yesterday's darts final
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Wearing a pinstriped hat, oversized glasses and a comedy beard, Tindall was almost unrecognisable as he took his seat among the crowd of 2,500.
He was joining in what has become a tradition at the championships for fans to wear fancy dress.
But if Tindall thought that the comedy outfit would keep him hidden, he was wrong.
Comic actor Ralf Little held up a banner pointing out that Tindall was behind him.
though darts has been traditionally seen as a working-class pastime, it
is not the first time that it has received the royal seal of approval –
Prince Harry attended last year.
Last night, they seemed entirely at ease as they watched reigning world champion Adrian Lewis retain his title in a 7-3 victory against Andy Hamilton.
Tindall and his wife have had a turbulent few months in their relationship since they married in Edinburgh at the end of July.
During the rugby World Cup in New Zealand, footage emerged of Tindall flirting with a blonde friend at a Queenstown resort.
Zara Phillips smiles as husband Mike Tindall joins in the fun in fancy dress at the World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace in London last night
Undercover: Mike Tindall (left) was joining in the tradition at the Championships for fans to wear fancy dress. Zara Phillips (right) acknowledges the crowd. She's not the first royal in recent years to attend the darts
Comic actor Ralf Little held up a banner pointing out that Mike Tindall was behind him
Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips appeared to be enjoying the darts which has traditionally been seen as a working-class pastime
Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips have had a turbulent few months in their relationship since they married in Edinburgh at the end of July, but last night they were all smiles
Zara Phillips is often considered to be one of the most down-to-earth Royals and it's not hard to see why
Zara was in high spirits as she watched the match unfold, happily waving to the crowd. Prince Harry (right) at the darts last year