Members of the royal family who have tattoos and piercings, including Zara Tindall’s tongue stud
Tattoos and piercings don’t immediately come to mind when considering the aesthetics of the royal family.
The likes of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle generally go for a traditionally chic and elegant style without body art.
However, you might be surprised to learn that some of the Windsor family have undergone body modifications while others have rarely even seen tattoos.
The first king to be inked was King Edward VII in 1862 who had a Jerusalem cross tattooed on his arm while visiting the Holy Land.
The Queen’s grandfather then followed suit by getting a tattoo in Japan.
The prince was only 16 when he had a dragon and a tiger tattooed on each of his arms to remember his time there.
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Three generations later, Prince William would have liked to have a tattoo like David Beckham.
The insider told The Sun: “Lots of guys on board sports tattoos [and] it was obvious that William was fascinated. He asked how painful it was and wanted to know what they thought of his idea for a tattoo on his shoulders. “
The source went on to say that Prince William was inspired by a particular sports legend. “We didn’t think he was serious – but he said he wanted to get a big tattoo like David Beckham’s,” he said.
However, it was reported that Kate Middleton had discouraged her then-boyfriend against his decision to get a tattoo.
While Kate herself adheres to royal protocol and only wears one nail in each ear, other royal women have broken the mold by going a step further.
As a teenager, Queen Zara Tindall’s granddaughter had a tongue piercing.
The young royal revealed the stud to the royal family at Prince Charles’ 50th birthday party in 1995 – after apparently having the piercing fitted during his internship.
While Lady Amelia Windsor, the granddaughter of the Queen’s cousin, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent has piercings and a tattoo.
The 25-year-old socialite has shown off her tattoos on several occasions, revealing an ink on her rib cage, each wrist and a tiger on her shoulder blade.