Mama Mia! Zara Phillips calls her baby Mia Grace
Published 23/01/2014 | 13:57
Queen's granddaughter springs a surprise after bookmakers made Poppy favourite in betting
Zara and Mike Tindall have named their daughter Mia Grace, a spokesman for the couple has disclosed.
The Queen's granddaughter followed her mother's example by choosing a name with no royal or family connections.
The announcement of Mia's name was delayed for almost a week following her birth last Friday. The couple did not know the sex of the baby before she was born, and had not apparently agreed on a name when she arrived.
Gloucester rugby player Tindall, 35, announced the news via Twitter, saying: "For everyone who has asked what our daughters name, it’s Mia Grace Tindall."
The choice of name will be a cause of celebration for bookies, who had made Poppy the favourite after a rush of betting which followed news that Zara had told a friend she was considering the name at one stage.
Money was also placed on Charlotte, Emma, and traditional royal names including Elizabeth, Victoria and Anne. Mia was a 100/1 rank outsider.
Mia Grace was born on the NHS at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital weighing 7lbs 12oz. Like her mother, she will have no royal title, in keeping with the wishes of the Princess Royal, who decided not to give her children HRH status when they were born.
No official photograph of Mia has yet been arranged, though a spokesman for the couple said they expected to release one in the next few days.
Speculation that they would sell the first pictures of the baby to Hello! magazine has been strongly played down by Zara's PR team.