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Zara Tindall gives birth to a baby boy!

Zara Tindall has given birth to a baby boy, her husband Mike Tindall has confirmed. 

The Queen’s granddaughter, 39, gave birth to their son Lucas Philip Tindall, weighing 8lbs 4oz, at six o’clock on Sunday evening on the bathroom floor of their family home on Princess Anne’s Gloucestershire estate.

Proud father Mike Tindall, who shares daughters Mia, six, and Lena, two, with his wife, shared the news on his podcast The Good, The Bad and The Rugby – and hailed Zara a ‘warrior’.

He later revealed he took the little one straight downstairs to watch sport on TV, after snipping the cord and enjoying skin-on-skin contact.

The former England rugby legend told hosts Alex Payne and James Haskell: ‘Sunday got even better because a little baby boy arrived at my house!’

Mike added that they hadn’t yet decided on a name, admitting they never pick one before they arrive, but Zara was soon up and about and they took him for a walk on Monday morning.

Zara Tindall has given birth to a baby boy, her husband Mike Tindall has confirmed.

Proud father Mike Tindall, who shares daughters Mia, six, and Lena, two, with his wife, shared the news on his podcast The Good, The Bad and The Rugby

Proud father Mike Tindall, who shares daughters Mia, six, and Lena, two, with his wife, shared the news on his podcast The Good, The Bad and The Rugby

‘We haven’t got a name yet, we’re still working on it, we always struggle with that, we’ve never picked one before they arrived,’ he said.

Speaking about the birth, he told how Zara had experienced contractions the night before, so they organised childcare for Mia and Lena – but the little boy arrived so fast they didn’t have time to make it to hospital.

Mike recalled: ‘Fortunately Zara’s friend Dolly is, she’s actually more important than I am at making sure she’s been at all three of my children’s births, she was there and recognised that we wouldn’t have got to the hospital in time, so it was run into the gym, get a mat, get into the bathroom, towels down, brace brace brace!

‘Fortunately the midwife that was going to meet us at the hospital wasn’t that far away so she drove up, got there just as we’d assumed the position, and then the second midwife arrived just after the head had arrived!’ 

Asked how Zara was doing, he replied: ‘As every man will say, she was a warrior, as always. They always are. We can never judge a woman in terms of what they have to go through with childbirth so… no, she was back up, we went for a walk this morning with him, and yeah all good.’

Mike told how the birth was very different to their previous children; he said: ‘It’s been a slow journey, so first one was in Gloucester Royal, done the right way, we was induced as well that one, and then second one was in Stroud in a local birth clinic, and this one we didn’t even make it there.

Zara shared photos of herself last week marking the Cheltenham Festival - but didn't reveal her baby bump

Zara shared photos of herself last week marking the Cheltenham Festival – but didn’t reveal her baby bump

Mike Tindall has announced his wife Zara Tindall, the Queen's grand-daughter, has welcomed a baby boy

Mike Tindall has announced his wife Zara Tindall, the Queen’s grand-daughter, has welcomed a baby boy

‘I literally was like yep, snip snip, I’ve got my boy, I’m out, I’m out of here!’

He added: ‘The best thing about being at home was, the best thing, as soon as he’s wrapped up, you’re skin on skin, straight downstairs, TV room, golf on, and I was like, this is what me and you are doing.

‘There was actually a ridiculously old rugby game on, it was Bath versus Wigan, I was like, we’re gonna stick that on first, ’96, I was like right, you can watch a bit of that, and then I went to the final day of the golf.’

Asked how his daughters reacted, Mike admitted they didn’t tell them they thought Zara was in labour, but he suspected Mia had sussed. 

‘Mia’s quite on it, she’s quite street smart, so she was like, “why are we not going home for tea?” They were going, “they’ve had to pop out for something…” “where have they had to go?” will you just stop asking questions… and then when she got in she was over the moon, both of them were. 

‘Problem is Lena is like, “my baby!” And it’s like, no Lena, it’s not your baby! She tries to pick it up… so yeah.’

Mike Tindall said Zara, pictured while heavily pregnant marking Cheltenham Festival from home last week, was a 'warrior' and up and about soon after giving birth to their son

Mike Tindall said Zara, pictured while heavily pregnant marking Cheltenham Festival from home last week, was a 'warrior' and up and about soon after giving birth to their son

Mike Tindall said Zara, pictured while heavily pregnant marking Cheltenham Festival from home last week, was a ‘warrior’ and up and about soon after giving birth to their son

Zara, pictured in September with her dog before competing in the cross country discipline during the Burnham Market International Horse Trials in Norfolk

Zara, pictured in September with her dog before competing in the cross country discipline during the Burnham Market International Horse Trials in Norfolk

The couple, who suffered two miscarriages after the birth of their eldest daughter in 2014, were the first royals to openly speak about the heart-breaking experience.

In December 2016 the couple revealed that a pregnancy announced the previous month had ended in a miscarriage.

Two years later in an interview with the Sunday Times, Zara, opened up about the devastation of losing the baby and revealed she had suffered a second miscarriage before falling pregnant with daughter Lena, now two.

Zara, 39, and husband Mike, welcomed eldest daughter Mia in 2014.

She revealed in December 2016 that a pregnancy announced the previous month had ended in a miscarriage.

Speaking about her experience to The Sunday Times in 2018, Zara said the hardest part of her first miscarriage was having to tell the world because news of the pregnancy had been made public.

She explained: ‘In our case, it was something that was really rare; it was nature saying, “This one’s not right.” I had to go through having the baby because it was so far along.’

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic lockdown restrictions, Zara and Mike have been vocal in their support for healthcare workers. Pictured in March 2020

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic lockdown restrictions, Zara and Mike have been vocal in their support for healthcare workers. Pictured in March 2020

Zara was pregnant with Lena at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May 2018, and was caught on camera turning to her husband to tell him she was desperate for the toilet.

Zara received an MBE in 2007 for services to equestrianism and won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics as a member of the Great Britain Eventing Team.

In August 2020, Tindall was selected for her first appearance on the British Team competing at the prestigious FEI Nations Cup in Le Pin au Haras, France. In September she rode her new horse Happenstance at the Cornbury International Horse trials in Oxfordshire, competing in the dressage test.

Zara continued competing during her previous pregnancies.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic lockdown restrictions, Zara and Mike have been vocal in their support for healthcare workers.

During the summer, Mike shared a photo of him and Zara clapping for NHS workers on Instagram. The couple sported their Kindred T-shirts, the entire proceeds of which go to NHS Charities Together.

Zara, Princess Anne’s daughter, and Mike live a relatively low-key life on Gatcombe Park, located in the heart of the Cotswolds, just a few miles away from Highgrove, Prince Charles’ home in nearby Tetbury.

The Queen bought the Grade II-listed manor house for her only daughter and her then husband, Captain Mark Phillips, as a wedding present, and the couple moved in 1977 – and raised their two children, Peter and Zara, on the estate.

Zara met Mike during England’s Rugby World Cup-winning campaign in Australia in 2003.

They announced their engagement, and as required by the Royal Marriages Act 1772 – which has since been repealed – the Queen gave her consent to their marriage in a meeting of the Privy Council on 10 May 2011.

The couple married on July 30, 2011.

Zara is godmother to Prince George, the son of her cousin, the Duke of Cambridge.

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