No baby contest among young royals

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will have no competition for the title of newest royal mum from cousin-by-marriage Zara Phillips, with the Queen's sporting granddaughter laughing off rumours of a baby contest.

Speaking at Surfers Paradise in her official capacity as ambassador and guest for the annual Magic Millions Carnival and Race Day, Ms Phillips – wife of rugby star Mark Tindall and 14th in line to the throne – said she and her spouse had no immediate plans to become pregnant.

"Before we got married, everyone was like, 'when are you going to get married'. Then as soon as we were, it was, 'when are you having kids?'," she said.

"In the future we'll see what happens but we're not, sort of, putting a date down."

Ms Phillips said there was no contest between her and the closely watched wife of her cousin Prince William to "race" to the delivery room.

"To the labour ward? No," Ms Phillips said.

"[Catherine] can win that one."

Ms Phillips said she was enjoying her first visit to Surfers Paradise, and raising her hopes for more equestrian triumphs.

A silver medallist for Britain in the eventing team at last year's Olympics in London, Ms Phillips said horses had given her some of the best moments of her life.

And with her mother and grandmother still keen horsewomen, Ms Phillips is well placed to maintain the family legacy.

"She really loves it," Ms Phillips said of the Queen's continuing involvement in horse racing. "She still rides whenever she's at home."

The story No baby contest among young royals first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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