Most children get a warm blanket and a fresh birth certificate after exiting the womb—but royal children get the VIP treatment. Press release included.
That’s what happened on Tuesday, when Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara Tindall had given birth to her second child with husband Michael Tindall, a baby girl whose name has yet to be announced. Zara delivered the Queen’s seventh great-grandchild on Monday at Stroud Maternity Unit. The royal bundle of joy weighed 9 pounds and 3 ounces.
“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 statement read. How sweet! Memorably, the Tindalls made an appearance as guests at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding.
The news is particularly exciting for the Tindalls and their 4-year-old daughter, Mia. In December 2016, Zara suffered a miscarriage just before Christmas. The following spring, Michael spoke with The Sunday Times about the situation, placing the focus on Mia.
“The saving grace for us has been Mia, our daughter who is now 3,” he said. “However down we feel she will come running up in our faces. When I was playing I hardly saw her; now we can see her grow up. 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.”
Ninja Tots, apparently, is a martial arts center for children, though we don’t fully understand the smoke reference. Perhaps she’s just plain fire at the sport? Anyway, we expect the couple’s baby girl to become friendly with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s newborn Prince Louis, who they welcomed in April. (And who knows, royal conspiracy theorists suggest that Harry and Meghan are trying for a baby ASAP as well.) Time for a play date?