It's a (very big) girl! Zara and Mike Tindall welcome the HEAVIEST royal baby in recent years weighing 9lbs 3oz as 'delighted' grandmother Princess Anne joins the Queen at Ascot
- Zara and Mike Tindall have welcomed their second child, a little girl, on Monday
- A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace announced the news on Twitter
- The new arrival was born at Stroud Maternity Unit, weighing 9 lbs 3 oz
- The royal and her rugby player husband already have four-year-old Mia Grace
Zara and Mike Tindall have welcomed their second child, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The Queen's granddaughter and her rugby player husband, who already have four-year-old daughter Mia Grace, welcomed a little girl on Monday.
The new arrival, whose name has not yet been announced, was born at Stroud Maternity Unit in Gloucestershire weighing 9 lbs 3 oz, the Palace said.
The youngster is believed to be the heaviest royal baby in recent years; the record was previously held by Zara's niece Savannah Phillips, who weighed 8lb 8oz when she was born in 2010.
Mia weighed 7 lbs 12 oz when she was born in 2014, while all three of the Duchess of Cambridge’s children have weighed less than 9 lbs.
Just minutes after the news was announced, a 'delighted' Princess Anne joined the Queen at Royal Ascot.
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It's a girl! The royal and her rugby player husband (pictured at the royal wedding last month) who already have daughter Mia Grace, welcomed a little girl on Monday
Growing family: Zara's grandmother the Queen and other members of the royal family are 'delighted' at the news of the couple's new arrival, Buckingham Palace said
Proud grandmother: Just minutes after the news was announced, a 'delighted' Princess Anne joined the Queen at Royal Ascot in Berkshire
Announcement: The royal and her rugby player husband, who already have daughter Mia Grace, welcomed a little girl on Monday
The Tindalls' happy news comes just two months after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child was born.
The baby will be the seventh great-grandchild for the Queen, after the Royal family welcomed Prince Louis of Cambridge in April.
In an official announcement this afternoon, Buckingham Palace said: '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.
'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 baby’s name will be confirmed in due course.
'This baby is the second child for Zara and Mike, the fourth grandchild for The Princess Royal and the seventh great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.'
How the new Tindall baby weighs up: Mia weighed 7 lbs 12 oz when she was born in 2014, while all three of the Duchess of Cambridge’s children have weighed less than 9 lbs
Zara shows off her baby bump in Windsor in May. In an official announcement on Tuesday, Buckingham Palace said: 'Mrs Michael Tindall was safely delivered of a baby girl on 18th June, at Stroud Maternity Unit'
New addition: The baby is the second child for Zara and Mike, who already have Mia Grace (pictured), and the fourth grandchild for Princess Anne
Heartbreak to happiness: News of Zara's pregnancy came just over a year after the royal couple, who married in 2011, suffered the heartache of a miscarriage. Mike said Mia (pictured last year) had been their 'saving grace'
A heavily pregnant Zara pictured last month. The new arrival, whose name has not yet been announced, was born at Stroud Maternity Unit, weighing 9 lbs 3 oz, the Palace said
Zara and Mike Tindall, pictured on the announcement of their engagement in December 2010, have welcomed their second child
The announcement of Zara's pregnancy came just over a year after the couple, who married in 2011, suffered the heartache of a miscarriage.
In November 2016 the couple revealed they were expecting a brother or sister for three-year-old Mia, but just a month later, on Christmas Eve, they announced Zara tragically had lost the baby.
Mike Tindall opens up about the miscarriage
The couple lost their unborn baby just weeks after revealing they were expecting their second child in 2016. A royal spokeswoman made the announcement on Christmas Eve.
Speaking about the tragedy last year, Mr Tindall described has described his daughter Mia as a 'saving grace' at the very difficult time.
He told The Sunday Times: 'One thing you do learn is how many other people have to go through the same thing. The saving grace for us has been Mia… however down we feel, she will come running up in our faces.'
It is believed she was around four months pregnant at the time. As a result, she missed the Royal Family's annual celebrations at Sandringham.
Princess Anne's daughter has not spoken publicly about the tragedy but former England rugby captain Mike later said: 'One thing you do learn is how many other people have to go through the same thing.
'The saving grace for us has been Mia. However down we feel, she will come running up in our faces.'
The new baby will not be given a title as both parents are keen for their children to have a 'normal' upbringing.
Zara and Mike live with her mother, Princess Anne, on her Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire.
For a number of years Zara – a former world eventing champion and Olympic silver medallist – has been involved with the event which features thoroughbred sales, racing and polo matches.
The Queen's granddaughter is patron of the event's Magic Millions Racing Women, an initiative promoting racehorse ownership among women.
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