Zara and Mike Tindall have named their second daughter Lena Elizabeth, with the baby's middle name thought to be a nod to her great-grandmother, the queen.
"The name is Lena Elizabeth. It was just a name they liked," a spokesperson for the couple said. The arrival of Lena, who is the second addition to the royal family this year following the birth of Prince Louis of Cambridge back in April, was announced earlier this month in a statement from Buckingham Palace. She'll share a middle name with her second cousin, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
"Mrs. Michael Tindall was safely delivered of a baby girl on June 18 at Stroud Maternity Unit," a statement released by the royal communications team read, also revealing that Mr. Tindall was present at the birth, and that "the weight of the baby was 9 lbs. 3 oz."
Per the Kensington 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 couple, who married in 2011, announced that they were expecting back in January, when a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said that the Queen and royal family were "very pleased" by the news. The announcement also came after the Tindalls 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, four. Lena 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 Her Majesty’s offer to extend the title of Princess to Zara. As such, the Tindalls and their children do not take royal titles, and Zara has previously spoken about how "lucky" she feels this all was for her. "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 Times back in 2015. Congratulations to the happy couple!
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