Congrats are in order for another member of the royal family as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall, welcomed her second child with husband Mike Tindall.
The palace announced the happy news on June 20 in a statement which read,
Mrs. Michael Tindall was safely delivered of a baby girl on 18th June, at Stroud Maternity Unit. Mr. Tindall was present at the birth. The weight of the baby was 9lbs 3oz.
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Mike’s parents, Mr. Philip and Mrs. Linda Tindall, have been informed and are delighted with the news. The baby’s name will be confirmed in due course.
This baby is the second child for Zara and Mike, the fourth grandchild for The Princess Royal and the seventh great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.”
Princess Anne’s daughter and Tindall are already parents to their 4-year-old daughter, Mia Grace, who the British public is familiar with as the little girl tends to steal the spotlight at some of the family’s events. The couple has said that Mia was there to help cheer them up after Zara suffered a miscarriage in 2016 when she was four months pregnant.
“The saving grace for us has been Mia,” Mike told The Sunday Times. “However down we feel she will come running up in our faces.”
Zara met the former rugby player in Australia in 2003. They are both accomplished athletes as she is an equestrian and won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as a member of the Great Britain Eventing Team. The pair announced their engagement in 2010 and were married the following year.
Unlike her cousins, Princes William and Harry and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara does not have a regal title. Her mother declined the queen’s offer to make her princess. Anne’s reasoning was so her daughter could have a “normal” childhood. “I’m very lucky that both my parents decided to not use the title and we grew up and did all the things that gave us the opportunity to do,” the 37-year-old royal, who is 17th in line to the throne, said.
Zara had the internet buzzing last month when she attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding and was seen with a stunned look on her face during the American Bishop’s sermon. Cameras also captured her reportedly telling her husband that she needed to use the toilet in the middle of the mass.
The past few months have been a particularly happy time for the royal family. In addition to the Tindalls welcoming their baby, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot on May 19, and a few weeks before that the Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton, gave birth to their third child, Prince Louis. As is the case with Zara’s child, the prince’s name was not announced until a few days after he was born.
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