Bets heat up Zara Phillips to marry

March 17, 2005 at 12:56 PM

LONDON, March 17 (UPI) -- British bookies have reported a flurry of big bets that Princess Anne's daughter, Zara Phillips, will soon announce her engagement, The Mirror said Thursday.

The photogenic 24-year-old equine physiotherapist first drew attention by visiting jewelry shops in December with Mike Tindall, a rugby ace on England's national team. The couple met in Australia following England's 2003 World Cup victory.

Then on New Year's Eve, Phillips was photographed wearing a ring on her left ring finger, the newspaper said.

The flurry of bets rang alarm bells at the William Hill bookie agency.

"We are going to be cautious and close the betting before we get stung," a spokesman said.

While Buckingham Palace had no comment and the newspaper said betters believe the engagement announcement will come after the April 8 wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.

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