Mike Tindall looks relaxed as he steps out in Soho alongside childhood friend Katherine Kelly

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Mike Tindall appeared relaxed as he stepped out in Soho alongside his childhood friend and former Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly yesterday. 

The former England Rugby Pro, 43, who is married to the Queen’s eldest granddaughter Zara Tindall, donned a grey polo shirt as he walked through London alongside the actress. 

While they may seem an unlikely pair, Katherine is an old schoolfriend of Tindall, with her parents living close to his father Phil and mother Linda in Yorkshire. 

It is a decidedly low-key appearance from Mike after a busy few weeks, with the sportsman accompanying his wife to the royal’s Easter service and Prince Philip’s memorial event. 

Mike Tindall, 43, appeared relaxed as he stepped out in Soho alongside his childhood friend and former Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly yesterday

Mike Tindall, 43, appeared relaxed as he stepped out in Soho alongside his childhood friend and former Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly yesterday

Katherine, who went to school with Mike, got her big break in 2006, when she landed the coveted role of Becky McDonald in long-running ITV soap Coronation Street.

Initially signing up for 12 episodes, the Barnsley-born actress would film more than 700 episodes during her unexpectedly extended stint, which ran until 2012.

Katherine was one of the guests at Mike’s royal wedding to Zara in Edinburgh and it appears the duo have remained close. 

The pair could be seen on their way to the Film Soho company, which encompasses several smaller brands, including Studio Soho Distribution and Soho Talent. 

While they may seem an unlikely pair, Katherine is an old schoolfriend of Tindall, with her parents living close to his father Phil and mother Linda in Yorkshire

While they may seem an unlikely pair, Katherine is an old schoolfriend of Tindall, with her parents living close to his father Phil and mother Linda in Yorkshire

Career: Katherine landed big roles in Cheat, Liar, Mr Selfridge and Gentleman Jack after rising to fame as recovering drug addiction Becky McDonald in Coronation Street (pictured)

Career: Katherine landed big roles in Cheat, Liar, Mr Selfridge and Gentleman Jack after rising to fame as recovering drug addiction Becky McDonald in Coronation Street (pictured)

The royal, who won 75 caps for England between 2000 and 2011, was snapped holding a suit bag from the upmarket tailors Cad & The Dandy as he made his way through the city.

Mike has had a busy period for the past few weeks, with a series of rare high profile appearances at a variety of royal events. 

He joined his wife Zara and their daughter Mia at the Easter Mattins Service in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle last week. 

Zara teamed the £350 statement LK Bennett dress with nude heels and a striking pillbox-style headpiece, while schoolgirl Mia looked pretty in a blue ditsy floral dress. The couple left their youngest children, Lucas, one, and Lena, three, at home. 

Mike has had a busy period for the past few weeks, with a series of rare high profile appearances at a variety of royal events, including attending the royal Easter service

Mike has had a busy period for the past few weeks, with a series of rare high profile appearances at a variety of royal events, including attending the royal Easter service 

The Cambridges led the senior royals for the Easter service, while was unable to attend because of ongoing mobility issues.

The Tindall family looked polished, meanwhile the Cambridges and Sophie Wessex also arrived wearing blue.

Days earlier, Mike was ever the doting dad as he cuddled baby Lucas, one, while taking his children to watch Zara compete at Burnham Horse International Horse Trials in north Norfolk.

Mike took Mia and Lena to the funfair at the trials while equestrian Zara showed off her show jumping skills. Sporting jeans and a red jumper, Mike place baby Lucas on his lap, who kept warm in a blue puffer jacket.

The father-of-three also supported Zara, alongside their eldest daughter Mia, at the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial service earlier this month

The father-of-three also supported Zara, alongside their eldest daughter Mia, at the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service earlier this month

And the father-of-three also supported Zara, alongside their eldest daughter Mia, at the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service earlier this month.

Mike looked smart in a grey tailored suit which he paired with a white shirt and a navy tie.   

Afterwards, he joined his wife and her cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie for a long lunch at celebrity favourite Scott’s restaurant. 

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