Zara and Mike Tindall have announced the arrival of their second daughter, a baby girl, who is the second addition to the royal family this year, following the birth of Prince Louis of Cambridge in April.
"Mrs. Michael Tindall was safely delivered of a baby girl on 18th June, at Stroud Maternity Unit," a statement released by the royal communications team read, also revealing that Mr. Tindall was present at the birth. The statement followed this with some information about the baby's weight, reading "The weight of the baby was 9lbs 3oz." According to the palace statement, "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 soon.
The couple, who married in 2011, announced that they were expecting in January, when a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said that the queen and royal family were "very pleased" by the news. This news comes after the Tindall family very sadly suffered a miscarriage in December 2016.
Zara, a former Olympic equestrian who is the 16th in line to the throne, and Mike, a former England rugby star, are already parents to Mia Grace, age four. Their new baby will be the fourth grandchild for Princess Anne and the seventh great-grandchild for the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Though Zara is the daughter of Princess Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, her father Captain Mark Phillips declined a royal peerage upon his marriage, and the princess famously refused Queen Elizabeth’s offer to extend the title of princess to Zara. As such, the Tindalls and their children do not have royal targets, and Zara has previously spoken of how "lucky" she feels this was. "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," she told the London Times back in 2015. Congratulations to the happy couple!
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