Zara Tindall: Children 'over the moon' at baby news says Mike
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Zara Tindall, 39, and her husband Mike, 42, welcomed their son Lucas Philip Tindall to the world on March 21. According to Mike, Zara gave birth at home “on the bathroom floor” after a speedy labour meant they didn’t have time to make it to the hospital.
Revealing their happy news on his rugby podcast The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, Mike said: “Arrived very quickly.
“Didn’t make it to hospital. On the bathroom floor.”
“So yeah, it was running to the gym, get a mat, get into the bathroom, get the mat on the floor, towels down, brace, brace, brace.”
He added: “Fortunately the midwife who was going to meet us at the hospital wasn’t that far away so she drove up just as we had assumed the posit [position] and the second midwife arrived just after the head had arrived.”
Mike and Zara have two daughters, Lena, two, and Mia, six, neither of whom were born at home.
However, while Zara’s homebirth may seem like a break from the norm, it harks back to a royal tradition observed by Queen Elizabeth II, 94.
The Queen was the last Royal Family member to have a homebirth when she welcomed Prince Edward to the world at Buckingham Palace 57 years ago.
Twitter royal fan account Gert’s Royals tweeted: “Of Queen Elizabeth’s descendants, Lucas Tindall is the first baby to be born at home since Prince Edward was born at Buckingham Palace 57 years ago.”
Following Baby Lucas’s home birth, managing editor of Majesty magazine, Joe Little said: “Every royal baby born since the 1970s has been born in hospital.
“The upper classes would never have babies in hospital. It became a modern royal convention.
“A sudden birth on your bathroom floor at six o’clock on a Sunday evening is up there with the most unusual of royal births.”
Unlike her royal cousins Prince William, 38, and Prince Harry, 36, Zara is not a working royal and was raised without an HRH style or title.
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She lives in a cottage of her mother Princess Anne’s, 70, Gatcombe Park Estate and the families are understood to be in a bubble during lockdown.
Baby Lucas is 22nd in line to the throne and the Queen and Prince Philip’s 10th great-grandchild.
The royal couple are currently based at Windsor Castle and a Palace spokesman said they were delighted by news of Lucas’s safe arrival.
Zara and Mike gave their son the middle name Philip in a touching nod to the Duke of Edinburgh, 99.
The Royal Family tradition of passing down names was also observed by another of the Queen’s granddaughter’s Princess Eugenie who gave birth to a son last month.
Eugenie and her husband Jack named their boy August Philip Hawke as a sweet tribute to the Queen’s husband.
Philip recently returned to Windsor Castle after his longest ever stint in hospital where he was treated for an infection and underwent successful heart surgery for a pre-existing condition.
The Duke will mark his 100th birthday on June 10 and while he is known to despise any kind of fuss, the milestone is expected to be observed with some kind of nationwide tribute.
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