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Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall announce birth of their baby girl at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall

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The Gloucester Rugby star and former World Champion eventer had their baby at the city hospital weighing in at 7lbs 12oz.

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The following is a statement by the Press Secretary to the Queen:

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 Phillip 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.

The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, was delighted to hear the news as she attended the launch of the Echo and Citizen Age of the Apprentice scheme at Gloucestershire College in Cheltenham.

She said: “As with any other family, it is terrific to know there has been a safe arrival.

“We are proud that she has used the facilities here in Gloucestershire for the birth.

“The new maternity facilities at GRH are truly outstanding.

“I very much wish mother and baby well.”

Rod Macleod, owner of The Brown Jug pub in Bath Road, Cheltenham, where Zara used to occasionally drink when she lived in Shurdington Road, said staff and customers there are delighter for her.

"I’m delighted at the news and sending my best wishes to both mother and father," he added.

Stephen Vaughan, Gloucester Rugby's chief executive, said: "Everyone at the club is delighted to hear the news and, on behalf of all at Gloucester Rugby, I'd like to extend our warmest congratulations.

"Mike and Zara will make terrific parents, and we're pleased to welcome another Gloucester Rugby supporter into the fold."

Mr Tindall, a player-coach at Gloucester Rugby, has not flown out with the squad for their match in Perpignan this weekend.

Associate priest at the couple’s local parish church in Minchinhampton, the Rev Sandy Emery said it was lovely news.

“Certainly Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton, would wish her every good wish on the birth of her first baby. We hope HRH Princess Anne is absolutely delighted too.

“The only sad thing for the father is that she maybe won’t be a rugby player,” Ms Emery said.

Chairman of Stroud District Council, Councillor Dennis Andrewartha, said: “Our congratulations go to the family. As a father myself I know the happiness they must be feeling.”

Bookmakers said Anne was the favourite name, after Zara's mother, at odds of 4/1, with Elizabeth and Zara also among the frontrunners at 5/1 and 6/1 respectively.

Paddy Power listed Sophia at 7/1, while Ava and Emma were at 8/1.

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  • SidGlawsder41  |  September 24 2014, 10:36PM

    A troll is a troll and "racoon" aka "NibNobs", who has also posted his dull nonsense under the BANNED identities of saddy-boy/laurie-dryver/NOTArugbylover/gloslover-not/dumbanddumber20/dopey-lerone, is a clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll who has no idea where Kingsholm is because he doesn't even support Gloucester Rugby, He has no idea about rugby union either as he loves watching wendyball.

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  • Dave_Baldwin2  |  September 11 2014, 9:54PM

    Laughing at the clueless Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating troll "racoon" aka "NibNobs" pretending that he knows anything about rugby or that he is remotely interested in Gloucester Rugby. He is getting so upset because his "partner" has sprung a leak and Halfords isn't open so that he can get a puncture repair kit. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

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  • Hinchcliffe36  |  August 26 2014, 9:06PM

    The multi-ID troll, "racoon" aka "NibNobs", is a sad lonely gullible old man. His pretence to being a Gloucester Rugby supporter is absolutely hilarious. He has no idea where Kingsholm is or who any of the Gloucester Rugby players are. Sad... very sad indeed! #Harden owned the number 3 shirt last season without a doubt.

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  • LucaTowers12  |  August 26 2014, 8:51PM

    Oh which troll shall CastleGrim be today? Is it "racoon" aka "NibNobs" or maybe he's NOTArugbylover or peh45. Whichever one he decides he is, he will invariably be absolutely clueless. #Harden owned the number 3 shirt last season. He had no real competition for it.

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  • DeadeyeGlaws2  |  August 25 2014, 9:00AM

    I love the way, week after week last season, that Rupҽrt Hardҽn planted a great big dollop of egg on the face of the multi-ID troll "racoon" aka "NibNobs", (whichever one he thinks he is today). The troll wouldn't know a decent tight-head if he was slapped around the head by one, though he would enjoy the experience immensely.

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  • Brasher11  |  August 25 2014, 7:14AM

    The BANNED multi-troll Walker100a/b/c/d/e/f/g/ and so on, now calling himself "racoon" aka "NibNobs", etc. is upset because he has been found out using another of his Gloucester Rugby hating troll identities. Now he is on his big-baby anti-Rupҽrt Hardҽn mega-rant just because Harden proved him so wrong time after time over the last two seasons with his brilliant displays of tight head rugby.

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  • TuffRaider56  |  August 24 2014, 11:57PM

    What a complete and utter sado "racoon" aka "NibNobs" aka "CastleGrim" aka "Walker100d" aka "P_I_Staker" is. He is a total loser and the most pathetic person ever. No wonder he has been BANNED under his numerous previous troll identities. He knows absolutely zilch about rugby union. #Harden proved time and time again for Gloucester Rugby, what a class act he is and why the scrum became less of a force without him.

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  • Dave_Baldwin1  |  August 21 2014, 9:48PM

    Who cares what the Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn multi-troll and RENT-A-QUOTE "racoon" aka "NibNobs" aka "CastleGrim" aka "P_I_Staker" thinks?! He isn't a Gloucester Rugby supporter and he is the most clueless person ever when it comes to rugby union.

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  • Steve_Bronko1  |  August 19 2014, 10:12PM

    It's hilarious the way the RENT-A-QUOTE and Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll switches from his "NibNobs" identity to his new "racoon" identity expecting everyone to take him seriously. Rupҽrt Hardҽn - Gloucester Rugby's stand-out tight head from the last 2 seasons.

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  • jimBatchelor4  |  August 15 2014, 7:23PM

    ...And up pops the Gloucester Rugby and Rupҽrt Hardҽn hating multi-troll and RENT-A-QUOTE, "racoon" aka "NibNobs" aka "P_I_Staker", with his usual drivel demonstrating again that he hasn't got the first clue about rugby union. Remember, he has never been to any Gloucester Rugby games and he has no idea where Kingsholm is or who any of the players are. He most certainly has never, ever played the game and, once again, he has just proven how clueless and dull he is.

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