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Zara Phillips Gives Birth To Baby Daughter
The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips has given birth to a baby girl at Gloucester Royal Hospital.
Her baby, the Queen's fourth great grandchild and now the 16th in line to the throne, weighed 7lbs 12oz.
Buckingham Palace confirmed Zara's husband, former England rugby star Mike Tindall, was present at the birth.
"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," added the Queen's Press Secretary.
Mr Tindall later wrote on his Twitter account: "Thanks so much for all your kind messages. Definitely the best day of my life today, so happy.! The girls are both doing great!
"Big thanks to all involved at Gloucester Royal, they were fantastic! #newglawsfamilymember."
The baby's name has not been revealed.
Zara's pregnancy was announced as the media gathered outside St Mary's Hospital in July last year waiting for Duchess of Cambridge to go into labour.
The Olympic silver-medallist had been reluctant early on in her pregnancy to give up competing in show-jumping events.
Admitting she was used to being on the go, finding it hard to put her feet up, the professional three-day eventer was photographed taking part in competitions after her 12-week scan.
But Zara, 32, soon allowed her sporting prowess to take a back seat, turning instead to baking to fill her days.
She and her husband opted not to be told the gender of their baby when offered the opportunity during early hospital scans.
A heavily pregnant Zara more recently accompanied the Queen by car to the traditional Christmas Day service in Sandringham.
The couple, who live at Princess Anne's Gatcombe Park Estate, have reportedly been busy "buying stuff" for the baby, according to Mr Tindall, who adds that he is "a big kid and so will fit in just right".
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