Life’s a beach for the loved-up Tindalls: Zara and Mike relax at Byron Bay with Prince Harry’s best friend Nacho Figueras after flying to Australia for Magic Millions

Zara and Mike cuddled together as they enjoyed floating in the sea while soaking up the January sunshine
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Zara Tindall and her husband looked still in love as they packed on the PDA during a trip to Byron Bay to soak up some winter sun during their trip to Australia.

The King’s niece, 42, wore a £30 bikini today as she took a dip in the sea in Byron Bay, New South Wales with husband Mike, Prince Harry’s best friend Nacho Figueras and his wife Delfina Blaquier.

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She was seen wrapping her arms around her husband’s shoulders as they floated in the surf, enjoying some down time after promoting the Magic Millions horse racing festival.

After a splash in the sea, Mike wrapped Zara in a blue-striped towel and she couldn’t resist brutally patting her man on the bottom as he pulled her in for a cuddle.

Meanwhile, Mike, who famously wore parakeet smugglers during his time on I’m A Celebrity, opted for black shorts, but showed off a hint of a swimsuit underneath the shorts that matched his wife’s.

Zara and Mike cuddled together as they enjoyed floating in the sea while soaking up the January sunshine

The King's niece, 42, today wore a £30 flamingo and palm print bikini from Budgy Smuggler

The King's niece, 42, today wore a £30 flamingo and palm print bikini from Budgy Smuggler

The King’s niece, 42, today wore a £30 flamingo and palm print bikini from Budgy Smuggler

Packing on the PDA!  Zara couldn't resist giving her husband a cheeky pat on the back as he pulled her in for a hug

Packing on the PDA!  Zara couldn't resist giving her husband a cheeky pat on the back as he pulled her in for a hug

Packing on the PDA! Zara couldn’t resist giving her husband a cheeky pat on the back as he pulled her in for a hug

Zara’s ‘Shelly’ bikini is from Australian brand Budgy Smuggler – and named after Shelly Beach in Manly, Sydney.

It’s perhaps no surprise that Zara has opted for a sporty two-piece, as the brand previously collaborated with Mike for its own line of trunks sold for charity.

Nacho, who in addition to his polo career also works as a model and the face of Ralph Lauren, wore black shorts while Delfina opted for a burnt orange string bikini.

The two couples are good friends and probably met through their mutual love for all things equestrian.

The mother of two, who is in Australia to promote the Magic Millions racing festival, enjoyed some down time on the beach at Byron Bay

The mother of two, who is in Australia to promote the Magic Millions racing festival, enjoyed some down time on the beach at Byron Bay

The mother of two, who is in Australia to promote the Magic Millions racing festival, enjoyed some down time on the beach at Byron Bay

The royal showed off her athlete's figure as she splashed in and out of the water with husband Mike

The royal showed off her athlete's figure as she splashed in and out of the water with husband Mike

The royal showed off her athlete’s figure as she splashed in and out of the water with husband Mike

She was joined by her cousin Harry's best friend Nacho and his wife Delfina on the idyllic beach

She was joined by her cousin Harry's best friend Nacho and his wife Delfina on the idyllic beach

She was joined by her cousin Harry’s best friend Nacho and his wife Delfina on the idyllic beach

The mother-of-three and Olympian splashed around in the water with her rugby pro husband

The mother-of-three and Olympian splashed around in the water with her rugby pro husband

The mother-of-three and Olympian splashed around in the water with her rugby pro husband

Delfina, Nacho and Zara are all Magic Millions ambassadors and were first photographed together at the event – on Australia’s Gold Coast – in 2019.

The quad together rang in New Year 2020 in Sydney – along with actress Rebel Wilson – almost a year later.

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Nacho, 46, has also become one of Prince Harry’s closest confidantes and even posed with Princess Eugenie.

Dubbed the ‘David Beckham of Polo’, he has traveled the world with his polo teammate Harry and seems to be getting just as close to Zara.

It looked like Mike was wearing a matching pair of parakeet smugglers under his black board shorts

It looked like Mike was wearing a matching pair of parakeet smugglers under his black board shorts

It looked like Mike was wearing a matching pair of parakeet smugglers under his black board shorts

Zara looked in her element on the New South Wales beach with husband Mike

Zara looked in her element on the New South Wales beach with husband Mike

Zara looked in her element on the New South Wales beach with husband Mike

In September 2019, Nacho — who witnessed the early days of the couple’s romance and later was a guest at their wedding — appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ show to announce that he would “defend his friends” with his life.

The millionaire seems completely comfortable mentioning his friendship with the royal family in interviews, as that same year he told Town and Country magazine: ‘What I like most about (Harry) is how genuine he is and how serious he is. improving the lives of children who have not had the blessings we have had.”

Zara is an ambassador for Magic Millions at Doug Jennings Park in Main Beach. Prince William and Harry’s cousin has traveled to the event most years since 2013, only taking a break during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The Magic Millions Racing Women Achievement Awards celebrate ‘outstanding national success and achievements by women in the thoroughbred industry’.

Zara is one of five judges on the race awards, which were presented to the winners at the dinner.

She has previously said she loves escaping Down Under in the winter months because Britain is “gloomy in January”.

The mother-of-three showed off her natural beauty with a makeup-free look on the beach

The mother-of-three showed off her natural beauty with a makeup-free look on the beach

The mother-of-three showed off her natural beauty with a makeup-free look on the beach

Zara looked ready for a day at the beach in a blue striped towel and sporty bikini

Zara looked ready for a day at the beach in a blue striped towel and sporty bikini

Zara looked ready for a day at the beach in a blue striped towel and sporty bikini

The Tindalls, parents to daughters Mia, nine, and Lena, five, and son Lucas Philip, two, have made no secret of their love affair with Australia.

They first met at the Wharf Bar in Manly, Sydney, when Mike was drowning his sorrows after being dropped from the England squad during the 2003 World Cup ahead of the semi-finals.

Zara, who was on a gap year at the time, was introduced to the fly-half by Prince Harry, who was in Australia to cheer on the England team.

Since their wedding in 2011, the couple have visited Australia almost every year, only taking a break between 2020 and 2021 during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

Speak with The Australian Women’s Weekly In December 2019, a month before Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal duties, Zara revealed she was considering swapping life on her mother’s estate in Gloucestershire for sunny Australia.

The group of four remains close after bonding over all things equestrian

The group of four remains close after bonding over all things equestrian

The group of four remains close after bonding over all things equestrian

Zara, an accomplished equestrian and Olympic silver medalist, said: “Probably not while I’m still competing. It would be a bit difficult to travel. But after that… yeah, I think if an opportunity came along, we would definitely think about it.”

‘It’s gloomy here (England) at the beginning of January, so it’s nice to get some sun. I love Australia’s lifestyle and being able to get up early and go to the beach. It’s especially great for the kids to take them out in the ocean,” Mike added.

The couple, who are not royals and hold no titles, keep a relatively low profile despite their status as professional athletes – and the relaxed lifestyle Down Under seems to suit them.

The Tindalls are currently on the Gold Coast, Queensland, as Zara is an ambassador for the Magic Millions equestrian event.

Zara was announced as the first Magic Millions Racing Women Ambassador in 2012 and now travels to Surfers Paradise every year for the Gold Coast Yearling Sale, seven days of auctions culminating in a major race meeting where all the contenders are horses purchased at previous Magic Millions . auctions.

The Tindalls previously rang in the New Year 2020 in Sydney with an A-list audience including Rebel Wilson and Prince Harry’s best friend Nacho Figueras.

Mike also visited Australia in November 2022 to take part in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, which was filmed in Springbrook National Park, near Murwillumbah, NSW.

Zara came to support her husband and was spotted in Murwillumbah and Byron Bay.

After filming wrapped, they spent several weeks in Australia, before returning to celebrate Christmas with King Charles at Sandringham.

Zara and Mike made the most of their trip to Australia after enjoying a festive evening earlier this week.

Zara looked glamorous in an embellished midi dress as she attended an awards ceremony with her husband.

Princess Anne’s daughter dressed for the Magic Millions Racing Women Achievement Awards in a chic black dress with gold floral embellishments.

She wore her blonde hair in a sleek updo for the occasion and carried a white mother-of-pearl handbag with metal details.

Her dress, by Australian designer Rebecca Vallance, also had slightly puffed cap sleeves and fell just below her knees.

She completed her ensemble with pointy black heels and kept her makeup fresh and minimal for the dinner.

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