Sunday 22 October 2017

It's a girl! Royal baby joy for Zara Phillips and rugby husband Mike Tindall

Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall
Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall
Princess Anne leaving the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with three-day-old daughter Zara in 1981

Laura Elston and Tony Jones

New royal mum Zara Phillips has returned home from hospital after delivering her as-yet-unnamed baby daughter into the world.

The silver medal-winning Olympian, who is one of Britain's leading equestrian riders, gave birth to her first child early yesterday morning at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with her husband, the former England rugby star Mike Tindall, at her side.

The new royal baby, who weighed 7lbs 12oz and is 16th in line to the throne, is the queen's fourth great grandchild.

Buckingham Palace said: "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.

"The baby's name will be confirmed in due course."

The new family of three are believed to have headed to their home on the Princess Royal's Gatcombe Park estate.

Zara's pregnancy was confirmed in July, just a few weeks before the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton's son, Prince George.

She took a tumble while competing at the Barbury International Eventing and Show in Marlborough, Wiltshire, a few days before her pregnancy became public knowledge.

But she was described as "fine" by a spokeswoman for Juniper Sport, a PR and sports agency that represents her.

Zara won a silver medal at London 2012 and is planning to take part in the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.

She married Tindall in July 2011.

Irish Independent

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