<![CDATA[Zara Tindall has given birth to a baby girl at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
Princess Anne's daughter was supported by her husband Mike Tindall this morning as she gave birth to a baby girl weighing 7Ibs 12oz, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
The baby becomes the second royal birth in the last year after Prince George's birth in July and is The Queen's third great-granddaughter and fourth great-grandchild.
“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 with the news,” a statement from the Palace explained.
Officials also said the baby’s name will be announced in “due course”. Despite being sixteenth in line to the throne, the child will not bear a royal title, similar to mother Zara, who holds no title.
Zara and Mike’s first child means that The Queen’s nephew and Princess Margaret’s son Viscount Linley moves down one place in the line of succession to 17th.
The Prime Minister was one of the first to congratulate the new parents, as a spokesman said: “He passes on his many congratulations to the happy couple and to Her Majesty The Queen.”
He also tweeted to pass on his congratulations: “Many congratulations to Zara and Mike Tindall on the birth of their baby girl.’
Earlier this year, Zara and Mike revealed they were keeping the baby’s sex a surprise.
“We want it to be a surprise,” rugby player Mike, 35, said. “I’m really looking forward to it, but I’m not sure how I’ve prepared.”
Zara, who married Mike in July 2011 at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland, admitted their first child has come earlier than they initially planned.
“It probably happened quicker than we thought – bit of a shock, really.”
In October, the Olympic winner joined senior royals at the christening of Prince George as she was one of the seven godparents chosen by Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
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