Zara Philips and Mike Tindall

Zara Philips and Mike Tindall

Britain's Zara Philips is enjoying a late honeymoon in Cyprus.

The 30-year-old royal - the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth - and husband Mike Tindall have finally jetted off on a post-wedding break now that their sporting commitments are over.

Unfortunately both of us do have quite busy lives so it's going to have to wait a bit for a honeymoon, but it is quite nice to go back to work as well.

The pair arrived at the Columbia Beach resort near Limassol, just 48 hours after Mike's England rugby team jetted back to the UK from New Zealand, where they have been competing in the World Cup, and looked happy and relaxed as they soaked up the sun by the pool.

Zara and Mike - who married in late July - happily queued for beach towels before lazing by the lagoon pool, where they were seen laughing and occasionally going to the beach bar and jumping in the water.

At one point, Mike was asked for an autograph by a young boy, while Zara chatted with his mother, though they appeared to go largely unnoticed by other guests.

They also shared an iPad and both were absorbed in their novels - Mike reading a biography of rugby player Matt Hampson, while Zara opted for 'The Return', a romantic novel by Victoria Hislop set in the Spanish Civil War.

Zara - who has been training for eventing championships - previously joked that she and Mike wouldn't be able to go on honeymoon until they retire.

She said: "Truthfully, I don't know when I'll take my honeymoon. We both work so hard we may have to wait until we're both retired.

"We're kind of missing the quiet period where we can catch up and have some sleep. It's back to work and that's what we do.

"Unfortunately both of us do have quite busy lives so it's going to have to wait a bit for a honeymoon, but it is quite nice to go back to work as well."


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