THERE was a royal guest on tonight’s Top Gear.
The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall took to the wheel of a Toyota GT86 to go head-to-head with husband Mike on a whizz around a Surrey race track.
With new presenters Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris looking on, Zara climbed into the driver’s seat as she appeared on the show’s Star in A Reasonably Priced Car segment.
Dressed casually in a jumper, skinny jeans and trainers, the mum-of-two, 38, drove around the track while wearing a white safety helmet.
After sitting in the passenger seat for Zara’s timed lap, Mike then enjoyed his turn.
But while most couples would be tense about the prospect of competing against each other on national television, Zara and Mike exchanged a quick kiss at the finish line.
In a nail-biting moment, Zara lost control behind the wheel and hurtled off the gravel onto the grass.
However, she completed her lap in one minute and 41.6 seconds – putting her above Gregory Porter and David Tennant on the leaderboard.
But she still ended up being beaten by Mike, 40, who finished in one minute and 40.5 seconds.
This must have been disappointing for the royals – Zara had said that “the family” were backing her to win.
In a sweeter moment, we got a bit of a glimpse into the couple’s personal life.
As they sat laughing and joking on the sofa, Zara revealed that Mike’s favourite type of music to drive to is musicals.
Smiling, he confirmed: “Rock of Ages I do enjoy. Obviously A Star is Born is big at the moment.”
Viewers seemed to love seeing the pair looking relaxed and enjoying some time away from their royal life.
One person tweeted: “Love zara and mike – so down to earth and very relatable… such a lovely marriage to see… very honest… i love it!!! @BBC_TopGear [sic].”
Another wrote: “Love how affectionate Zara Tindall is with her husband on @BBC_TopGear. She comes across so lovely and down to earth.”
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