Zara and Mike Tindall just welcomed their third child, and Britain’s newest royal baby, to the world, in a decidedly un-royal fashion.
On Wednesday, Zara, the 39-year-old daughter of Queen Elizabeth’s own daughter, Princess Anne, and her retired rugby player husband, Mike, shared the news through their spokesperson, who revealed, “Zara and Mike Tindall are happy to announce the birth of their third child, Lucas Philip Tindall.”
Lucas Philip Tindall was born Sunday, weighing in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces, a representative for the couple announced on Wednesday. His middle name is in honor of both Mike Tindall’s father as well as Zara’s grandfather, Prince Philip. He is 22nd in line to the throne, but won’t take the title of His Royal Highness.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are “delighted” at the news, Buckingham Palace said. They “look forward to meeting their 10th great-grandchild when circumstances allow”, a spokesman added.
Tindall, 42, revealed that the speed of the arrival of the latest royal baby — he is the queen’s and Philip’s 10th great-grandchild — caught the couple off guard and that he had to rush to get a mat for his 39-year-old wife, who like her mother, Princess Anne, enjoyed a successful equestrian career.
“So yeah, it was running to the gym, get a mat, get into the bathroom, get the mat on the floor, towels down, brace, brace, brace,” he said on “The Good, The Bad & The Rugby” podcast.
Mr Tindall said his wife’s friend Dolly, who was also at the birth of their two daughters, “recognised that we wouldn’t have got to hospital in time”.
“Fortunately the midwife who was going to meet us at the hospital wasn’t that far away so she drove up just as we had assumed the posit [position] and the second midwife arrived just after the head had arrived,” he added.
Their other two children were elsewhere for the day because Mrs Tindall had been having contractions through the night.
Mr Tindall said Mia was “over the moon” and Lena had declared Lucas was “her baby”.