SHE might have been born into royalty but it was midwives at Gloucester’s trusted hospital who were first to get their hands on the 16th in line to the throne.
Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall became parents for the first time yesterday, welcoming their baby daughter into the world Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in the early hours and weighing a healthy 7lbs 12oz.
Just hours later, Gloucester Rugby player Mike tweeted: “Thanks so much for all your kind messages. Definitely the best day of my life today, so happy. The girls are both doing great.”
New mums who shared a maternity ward with Zara said the special arrival was kept quiet by midwives.
Vicky Love, 34, left the unit yesterday afternoon after the arrival of 9lbs 1oz son Isaac.
Housing charity worker Vicky said: “We didn’t see or hear anything. A lady in the bed next said she heard Zara had been in the same ward as us. The staff did not say anything, and it seems as though she was treated the same as the rest of us.”
Dad Peter, 37, a wine merchant, added: “It was all normal – no armed guards, no police, nothing to suggest she was here. She didn’t go in and out the main entrance to the ward, no-one saw anything.”
Vicky and Peter, who live in Hucclecote, have another son Oscar, two. They said sharing a ward with a royal made the day even more special.
Another mum who gave birth to a baby boy on Thursday said Zara must have had a low-key delivery.
The mum, 27, who did want to be named, said: “It is a brilliant maternity unit with amazing midwives who try to make everything as natural as possible, so she will have had a very calm delivery.
“There was no security or police around or anything special – everything seemed pretty normal. Being a new mum, I expect she feels the same as I do, it is a very private thing, so that’s probably why she kept it quite normal.”
Zara and Mike’s new arrival has yet to be named and is 16th in line to the throne.
Denise Kirby, owner of Poppy and Harry’s nearly new baby and toddlers’ equipment shop in Westgate Street, Gloucester, could well be seeing a boom. She said: “I’m sure they wouldn’t buy anything second hand,” she said.
“The first thing I would buy would be a pram because a good one can double up as a crib as well.
“The day after Kate Middleton came out with her pram for the first time I was inundated. Some mums can spend as much as £20,000 in the first three months but I’m sure they’ve already got everything they need.”
Mike and Zara headed back to their home in the Gatcombe estate yesterday morning.