‘Will canceling everything solve it? I’m not entirely sure: “Mike Tindall shares his views on canceling major UK sporting events while thousands of Cheltenham Festival revelers defied fears of the coronavirus
- Today about 68,000 people packed their bags in Prestbury Park in Gloucestershire
- Mike Tindall admitted that it was a “shame” to see the sports calendar torn
- The singer Lily Allen, Victoria Pendleton and Georgia Toffolo were also present
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Thousands of revelers from the Cheltenham Festival defied fears of the coronavirus yesterday – while other major UK sporting events have suffered from the outbreak and have been canceled.
About 68,000 people gathered in Prestbury Park, Gloucestershire, for the fourth and final day of the race.
Spectators included former British rugby star Mike Tindall, who had urged the British public to ‘keep calm and move on’ while admitting that it was a ‘shame’ to see the sporting calendar broken.
Zara and Mike Tindall smiled and stood with their arms wrapped around each other as they posed for photos in front of the Cheltenham Gold Cup this afternoon
Arriving ahead of the Golden Cup – the culmination of the festival – with his wife Zara Phillips, the queen’s granddaughter, Tindall said: ‘Do I feel that canceling everything is going to solve it? I’m not entirely sure.
Also present were singer Lily Allen, the cycling champion turned jockey Victoria Pendleton and reality star Georgia Toffolo.
They have been married for nine years, but the couple seemed more loved than ever as they arrived at the festival this morning.
They lit up and stopped with their arms wrapped around each other as they posed for photos.
Zara and Mike, both 38, came out every day of the four-day racing event despite continuing fears about the coronavirus pandemic.
Hand Guide: Mike took his wife’s hand as they arrived at Cheltenham Racecourse today
Coming ahead of the Golden Cup – the culmination of the festival – with his wife Zara Phillips, the queen’s granddaughter, Tindall said: ‘Do I feel that canceling everything is going to solve it? I’m not entirely sure. Pictured: crowds today at the event
Zara, the Queen’s eldest granddaughter, wrapped in a purple coat by Claire Mischevani, who wore over a burgundy Rails dress in the Trilogy Stores.
Maintaining a monochromatic appearance, the royal added a Sarah Cant Millinery hat and Carvela heel pumps.
He carried his essentials for the race in a pretty metallic Aspinal clutch and finished the ensemble with a sparkling pair of dangling earrings by Laurence Coste.
Meanwhile Mike was elegant in a dark blue suit, a dark anthracite gray coat and a plum-colored tie to match his wife’s outfit.
The couple were in a good mood all week as they took action with friends and family.
Zara was beaming as she watched a race alongside the family of jockey AP McCoy, and joked with her dear friend Dolly Maude on a girls’ trip to the races.
Zadar’s mother, Princess Anna, is also present today, as is her brother Peter Phillips, who arrived with his estranged wife Autumn.