With all the attention surrounding Kate Middleton giving birth to her third child and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decadent royal wedding, Zara Tindall’s (quite literal) big baby news hasn’t received the attention it deserves. Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter just gave birth to the heaviest royal baby in decades, and we think a congrats and a well-deserved glass of wine are in order.
Buckingham Palace confirmed on June 19 that Zara had given birth to a baby girl the day before. The newborn weighed 9 lbs., 3 oz., which absolutely smashed the record Prince Louis set in April when he tipped the scales at 8 lbs., 7 oz. We’re not sure yet what to call Baby Tindall, as the royal family hasn’t released her name, but one thing’s for sure: She’s a big girl! Zara’s older daughter Mia weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz. when she was born in 2014. Her cute cousins Prince George and Princess Charlotte weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz. and 8 lbs., 3 oz., respectively.
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.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 19, 2018
Savannah Phillips, the adorable royal who shushed Prince George during the Trooping the Colour, held the record among the royal cousins for heaviest baby. She weighed 8 lbs., 8 oz. when she was born in 2010. Because Princess Anne declined to give her son Mark a royal title, Mark’s daughter Savannah does not have a title and therefore is not considered a royal. If her father had been given a title, Savannah would have held the record for heaviest royal newborn until now.
In December 2016, Zara announced that she had suffered a miscarriage, so her unnamed rainbow baby is extra special. “The saving grace for us has been Mia,” Zara’s rugby-playing husband Mike told The Sunday Times in May 2017. “However down we feel she will come running up in our faces. When I was playing I hardly saw her; now we can see her grow up. I can take her swimming and I can take her to Ninja Tots. You’ll never be able to see her there because she disappears in a puff of smoke.”
While we wait to hear the name Zara and Mike have picked for their newest bundle of joy, we’ll offer the couple another hearty congrats! We can’t wait for all the cute photos to come.