<![CDATA[Zara and Mike Tindall have spoke of the joy of becoming parents for the first time to Mia Grace.
In an exclusive interview with Hello! magazine, the proud parents are pictured with their daughter who was born on January 17.
“She’s pretty relaxed and happy so far,” new mum Zara reveals. “She’s cool but then perhaps all parents say that.”
Speaking from their house on the Gatcombe Park Estate, the Gloucestershire home of Princess Anne, the couple reveal they are still amazed at their first child, who is the Queen’s fourth great-grandchild.
“I still keep looking at Mia and thinking, ‘Oh! We made that!'” Zara says, while rugby player Mike adds: “The baby is a great feeling and it just goes on…”
Mia Grace, who takes her place at 16th in line for the throne, was born at the Royal Gloucestershire Hospital weighing 7Ibs 12oz. The newest addition to the family comes six months after the birth of Prince George, although unlike the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child, Mia will carry no royal title.
Mike also explained that the couple informed the Royal Family immediately after the birth and Zara phoned her grandmother The Queen upon returning home.
“As soon as we had Mia I sent a text to all the family,” he says. “Zara is very close to her grandmother, so of course she made a phone call once we got back home.”
As reported previously, the couple say they didn’t know if they were expecting a baby boy or girl. “No we wanted to keep the surprise,” Zara tells the magazine.
A representative for The Queen explained there would be no comment on whether Her Majesty was consulted about the interview.
“Zara looks after all her own publicity. We wouldn’t comment on whether the Queen was informed.”
Hello!, one of the country’s most popular weekly magazines, has enjoyed a close relationship with the Royal Family, and has previously done interviews with the Duke and Duchess of York, Princess Anne, and most recently Prince and Princess Micheal of Kent’s son Lord Frederick Windsor and wife Sophie who introduced their daughter Maud during a photoshoot.
The full interview with Zara and Mike Tindall appears in this week’s Hello! magazine and is available now.
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