Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara Tindall names second child Lena Elizabeth as a tribute to the Queen
Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall have named their second baby girl Lena Elizabeth Tindall as a tribute to the Queen
The Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall welcomed a baby girl on June 18. The newborn will be the couple's second child and they are already parents to four-year-old Mia Tindall.
A spokesperson for the Buckingham Palace stated, "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." It has been confirmed that the couple and second-time parents have chosen the name Lena Elizabeth Tindall for their newborn. A spokeswoman for Zara and Mike said, "The name is Lena Elizabeth. It was just a name they liked."
The royal family's official Twitter account revealed that the couple will confirm their baby's name in due time on June 19. After the birth of the first child, it was Mike who broke the news and took to social media to share the news just six days after birth. At the time, he had written, "For everyone who asked what our daughter's name is, it's Mia Grace Tindall."
The couple shunned the royal tradition by refusing to pick a name relating to any family member when their daughter Mia was born. Many were of the view that Zara would name her first born after Zara's mother Anne or even her grandmother Elizabeth. Zara and Mike chose the name Mia for the simple reason that they both liked the name.
At the time, Zara's spokesperson told DailyMail, "There is no family connection, no relation with the name, it’s just pure coincidence. They both just really liked the names, particularly Mia." Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall were keeping a low profile before the birth of their second child. They were last seen out together at the wedding of the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle. The couple was not present at the Trooping the Color ceremony which took place at the beginning of June.
During their last outing, which was on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding day, the couple seemed to be in great spirits as they accompanied the rest of the Royal family and A-list celebrities in Windsor celebrate the occasion. Zara was seen dressed in a beautiful teal coat dress which had floral embroidery. She finished off the look with navy heels, a matching box clutch, and a hat.
Zara's pregnancy was announced via a spokesperson for the couple who wrote in a statement, "The Queen and members of the royal family were very pleased to hear this news." The couple's pregnancy came a year after Zara had tragically suffered from a miscarriage. A spokesperson announced in December 2016, "Very sadly, Zara and Mike Tindall have lost their baby. At this difficult time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy".
It looks like Mike and Zara's daughter will not have a title at all while the Queen's other great-grandchildren such as the latest royal baby being given titles such as His Royal Highness Prince Louis Cambridge.
This comes down to a conscious decision that was made decades ago by 37-years-old Zara's mother Princess Anne. Prince Charles' younger sister chose to opt out of royal titles when she had her children Zara and Peter Phillips unlike their cousins, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Princes William and Harry. The brother and sister were technically not entitled to be termed a Princess or a Prince at birth but the Queen offered to bestow the title upon them.
It is believed that Princess Anne turned down the courtesy title in a bid to give her children a promising chance at having a "normal" upbringing. Zara claims that she is grateful for this and she told The Times, "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".
Zara's parents made sure that their children had a strong work ethic. Princess Anne herself is extremely hardworking and has clocked more engagements than Prince William and Prince Harry combined. Zara too takes after her mother and won the silver in the 2012 Olympics riding for Team GB and rakes in an estimated $1.8 million a year from business deals and sponsorships, such as ambassador for Queensland’s Magic Millions. She is managed by her brother Peter.
"I probably get it from my parents. Papa said to me, ‘If you want to get to the top, you’ve got to do it properly, and, if you want to stay at the top, it’s even harder’". Zara has always been known for her sense of humor and is loved dearly for it. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton even named her the godparent to Prince George.