Zara and Mike Tindall Announce Their New Daughter’s Name and They Honored Queen Elizabeth II
A name fit for a queen!
The granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, Zara Tindall has named her baby girl. Zara, 37, gave birth to her second child on June 18 and has yet to announce her name until now. In honor of her grandmum, the couple has named their newest member Lena Elizabeth.
A spokesperson for the couple confirmed the name with The Telegraph on Wednesday, June 27 and told the publication that the name Lena is pronounced Lay-na.
The Olympic British equestrian and her husband Mike Tindall, 39, are also parents to their 4-year-old daughter Mia. Lena is the fourth grandchild for Princess Anne, Zara’s mother and the seventh great-grandchild for the 92-year-old Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Mike Tindall told Hello magazine in 2014 that Zara is “very close" to her grandmother so the tribute makes it even more special for the new mum.
Royal fans were pleasantly surprised that they didn’t have to wait too long to learn the new royal member’s moniker. Zara and Mike released the name just nine days after the birth of their second child. Meanwhile, the pair kept their eldest daughter Mia’s name to themselves for six weeks in 2014 before Mike revealed it on Twitter.
The couple’s spokesperson also revealed they chose the name Lena because “It was just a name they liked.” The origin of the name is said to be Greek, with a couple of possible meanings including “the bright one" and “temptress."
With the usual protocol of a royal name comes with a given royal title but the Tindall’s daughters will not have one. Mia and Lena will go through life with an ordinary first and last name like most others: Mia Tindall and Lena Tindall. You ask why? Their grandmother Princess Anne’s wishes were to not pass down a royal title to her descendants for the hope they would feel more “normal."
Currently, Lena is 19th in line for the throne.