Yay, I’m glad I was right about when Zara Phillips was due, because she looked ready to pop around Christmas. Zara and Mike Tindall welcomed their first child, a little girl, earlier today in England. We don’t have a name yet, but we already know that the little girl is not going to have a title. Princess Anne raised her children without titles, and Mike Tindall refused a title too when he married Zara, so while this baby girl is the Queen’s great-granddaughter (and fourth great-grandchild overall), the baby will be named like a commoner!
Little Prince George has a new second cousin and future playmate, as his godmother Zara Tindall – Prince William’s cousin – has given birth.
Zara, 32, welcomed a daughter Friday, Buckingham Palace announced. The Olympic equestrian and her husband, rugby player Mike Tindall, have not confirmed a name for their child yet.
The baby girl, who weighed 7 lbs., 12oz., becomes 16th in line to the throne, after her mother, who is 15th.
Mike Tindall was at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for the birth, the palace said. The baby is Zara’s first, and becomes the third grandchild for Zara’s mother, Princess Anne. (Zara’s brother, Peter Phillips, has two young children.) Along with George, Queen Elizabeth now has four great-grandchildren.
The palace said in a statement: “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Mike’s parents, Mr. Phillip and Mrs. Linda Tindall, have been informed and are delighted with the news. The baby’s name will be confirmed in due course.”
Zara – commonly known as Zara Phillips – grew up near William at her mother’s Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire, and the cousins are close – something that was further confirmed when she was chosen as one of Prince George’s godparents by William and wife Kate.
The British papers made a big deal about how Zara wanted a simple NHS hospital birth, so I suspect that’s what happened – no muss, no fuss, and Zara’s in such good shape, she probably had an easy labor. I’m really happy that Zara had a girl too – I was one of the people kind of hoping that Duchess Kate would have a girl, but we got Prince George instead. And now Zara has the girl. A girl who will no doubt be a little tomboy, a horse-lover and a little princess (and she’s currently 16th in line to the throne). Congrats to Mike and Zara!
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