Mike Tindall, the husband of the late Queen's granddaughter Zara, has finally broken his silence after attending the Queen's funeral and service of committal on Monday.
Following the service, Mike, 43, took to Instagram to post a video of Her Majesty The Queen’s Piper playing a lament as her coffin was lowered into the royal vault below the chapel.
The rugby legend was seen being a pillar of support for his wife Zara, 41, as well as 14 year old James, Viscount Severn – the son of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex – as he placed a protective, and no doubt comforting, hand on the young boy's back.
There was a state funeral for the Queen at Westminster Abbey, followed by a service of committal at St. George's Chapel, Westminster Abbey, before some of the most senior royals attended a private burial service – although it is not believed Zara and Mike attended the latter.
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The Queen has now been buried alongside her husband, Prince Philip in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, where the remains of her parents George VI and Elizabeth, Queen Mother and the ashes of her sister Margaret lie.
Zara and Mike's eldest daughter Mia, eight, made a surprise appearance at the service in St. George's Chapel and she provided some light relief from the solemnity of the day as she hopscotched after she left the chapel hand-in-hand with her parents.
Zara is the Queen's granddaughter and the daughter of Princess Anne, and Zara's husband Mike is a former rugby player who used to play for the England national team.
They are parents to three children, Mia, Lena, four, and one year old Lucas, however only Mia attended the Queen's committal service with her parents.
Mia's cousins, Prince George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, seven, were in attendance at the state funeral earlier in the day, however, Prince William and Kate's youngest child, Prince Louis, four, remained at home.
Mike, who married Zara in 2011, previously spoke to the Telegraph to discuss how the royal family had made him feel welcomed into the fold.
He said: "I can only say how kind they’ve been to me, and how welcoming they’ve been to me since joining the family. And how they’ve made my family welcome."
The father of three added: "I’ve always felt part of it and I think that’s down to what an amazing woman the Queen is. They’re a fantastic family."
He also discussed the first time he ever met the Queen on his popular podcast, The Good, The Bad & The Rugby.
He told his co-host Alex Payne: "I did get sweaty palms. I think anyone would. She's such a legend of a lady that I still get nervous now when I see her. I'm way more comfortable now, but… it's been a journey."
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