Why today is a special day for Zara Tindall and Princess Anne

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Princess Anne is known to be a doting grandmother to five royal grandchildren. Through her daughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall, Anne is a grandmother to Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall. And as Mia Tindall celebrates her eighth birthday today (Monday, January 17), it’s likely to be a special day for both Anne and Zara. While Mia’s birthday plans are unknown to the public, both Anne and Zara are sure to have some fun things planned to mark Mia’s special day.

Who is Mia Tindall?

Mia Tindall is the eldest child of the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and rugby ace Mike Tindall.

In 2014, a statement from Buckingham Palace released to mark Mia’s birth read: “Mrs Michael Tindall today safely delivered a baby girl at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

“Mr Tindall was present at the birth. The weight of the baby was 7lbs 12oz.

“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 first child for Zara and Mike, the third grandchild for The Princess Royal and the fourth great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, and is 16th line to the Throne.”

Mia was born at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and her middle name is Grace.

Although she is the great-granddaughter of the Queen, Mia doesn’t have a royal title – just like her mother Zara.

In recent years, Mia has become a big sister to Lena Tindall, who was born in 2018, and Lucas Tindall, who was born in March 2021.

Mia lives with her parents and siblings on the Gatcombe Park estate owned by Princess Anne.

Given her mother and her grandmother’s backgrounds in equestrianism, it’s perhaps unsurprising Mia is frequently pictured attending equestrian events with her family.

At the time of her birth, Mia was 16th in line to the throne, but she has since dropped to 22nd place ahead of Lena and Lucas.

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How many great-grandchildren does the Queen have?

Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall are three of many royal great-grandchildren born in recent years.

In 2021, the Queen welcomed four new great-grandchildren into the royal fold, bringing the monarch’s total number of great-grandchildren to 12.

The Queen’s eldest great-grandchildren are Savannah and Isla Phillips, who are Peter Phillip’s daughters.

Prince William’s three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were born in 2013, 2015 and 2018 respectively.

The Queen also has two great-grandchildren through Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with Archie Harrison born in 2019 and Lilibet Diana born in 2021.

Princess Eugenie welcomed her son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank in February 2021.

And Princess Beatrice welcomed her daughter Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi in September 2021.

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