The Queen of England has a new great-grandchild as today her granddaughter Zara Phillips gave birth to a baby girl.
Weighing a robust 7 lbs. and 12 oz., the baby’s father Mike Tindall took to Twitter to express his joy. The former English rugby player wrote: ‘Thanks so much for all your kind messages. Definitely the best day of my life today, so happy! The girls are both doing great!’ He added his thanks to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, tweeting: “Big thanks to all involved at Gloucester Royal, they were fantastic!”
Also tweeting congrats to the new parents was British Prime Minister David Cameron; using the hashtag #royalbaby he said: “Many congratulations to Zara and Mike Tindall on the birth of their baby girl.”
The new baby girl is sixteenth in line to the throne and is the Queen’s fourth great-grandchild, however she’ll never bear a royal title. English rugby star Tindall has no title himself and Zara, being born down the female line, is not entitled to be “Her Royal Highness” (HRH). Meanwhile the Queen’s press secretary confirmed: “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.”
Olympic silver medalist Zara has already taken her newborn baby daughter home and is believed to be at her mother Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park estate near Stroud, Gloucestershire. The new baby will have a buddy in her second cousin, 6-month-old Prince George, who Zara is godmother to.
However, whilst George will grow up being groomed for his future as King, Zara’s baby will be known simply as Miss Tindall and will hopefully be able to enjoy a life that’s not under as much scrutiny.
Leading up to the birth, when Zara and Mike were interviewed by Australian Women’s Weekly, Tindall said: “I think we’re both quite well-balanced and laid-back as a couple, so hopefully he or she will pick up on that.” Congrats to them both!
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