10 reasons to love Mike Tindall

Hands-on dad Mike Tindall is one of the most loveable characters in the royal family’s circle.

Married to Zara Philips, the daughter of the Princess Royal, the former rugby star charms sports fans and royal watchers alike with his down-to-earth nature and lack of airs.

Following his decision to retire from rugby in May, Mike is now a full-time father to baby Mia Grace Tindall, who was born in January. The sportsman once said he would gladly be a house husband, and would "quite happily not work, learn to cook and stay at home with the kids".

He added: "I am a traditional bloke, but I'll be a good dad. I'll get stuck in, get up in the middle of the night and change nappies. I love children."

To celebrate Mike Tindall on his birthday (he turns 36 today!) Hello! rounds up 10 things to love about Zara's other half.

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