Just when you were getting worried about a dearth of royal baby news (at least for a while), Zara Tindall — daughter of Princess Anne and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth — and her husband have welcomed a second child (their second daughter). The happy news was confirmed by Buckingham Palace, which released a sweetly stuffy statement about the birth.
Announcement of the birth of Mr and Mrs Tindall's second baby: https://t.co/Apt9GfSmJv
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.
“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 statement read.
“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.”
Town & Country reports that the Tindalls married in 2011 and have one other child, Mia, now 4.
They have been married since 2011, and this is their second child. No titles for this wee one (as father Mike has no title), but she does earn a spot in the very long line to the British throne — 19th place, to be exact. Princess Margaret's children (and all following them) have now been nudged even further down the line. Sorry, lambs.
The baby's arrival is especially wonderful news for the Tindalls, as Zara Tindall suffered a miscarriage in December 2016. The couple's elder daughter, Mia, has been a gift to the grieving pair according to Mike Tindall, a former pro rugby player. He told The Sunday Times in 2017, "The saving grace for us has been Mia… However down we feel, she will come running up in our faces." He continued, "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.”
You may have spotted Mia in a recent official photo shoot with the queen. During the shoot Mia proudly — and adorably — toted her great-grandmother's purse. And you may have noticed Zara Tindall's priceless expression at the nuptials of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) — or heard about it on Twitter.
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Congrats to the Tindalls — and thanks to them for assuaging our rabid royal baby demands. For a while, at least.