In an official statement issued by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, they announced that they are delighted by the happy news that they have a new great-grandchild.
This week, Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall have welcomed their third royal baby into the world, naming him Lucas Philip Tindall as a special gift and tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh. The latter has just returned home from undergoing heart surgery in the hospital.
The news of the couple’s first son was announced initially on Monday via Mike Tindall’s podcast, which was the exact outlet he used to reveal they were expecting their third child last year.
However, the 42-year-old former England rugby player said on the podcast that he and his wife, Zara Tindall, 39, had not yet chosen a name for their new baby.
Their spokesperson issued a formal statement the following day, confirming Lucas Philip Tindall was born over the weekend and was the Queen‘s 10th great-grandchild and 22nd in line to the British throne.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said that Queen Elizabeth, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, were “delighted” by the news and looked forward to meeting the new royal addition very soon.
The official statement read: “We are delighted at the birth of their 10th great-grandchild. We are looking forward to meeting him when circumstances allow.”
Lucas’s middle name, Philip, pays tribute to his great-grandfather, Prince Philip, who is due to turn 100 years old this summer and has just returned from a lengthy stay at the hospital.
On the podcast on Monday, Mike Tindall appeared in a viral video making the best royal baby announcement ever.
He also shared some of the intimate details of his son’s birth, describing how Zara Tindall had given birth on the bathroom floor after she went into labor early and could not get to the hospital quickly enough.
The rugby legend explained: “Fortunately, Zara’s friend Dolly [Maude] is, she’s actually more important than I am at making sure she’s been at all three of my children’s births, she was there and recognized that we wouldn’t have got to the hospital in time, so it was run into the gym, get a mat, get into the bathroom, towels down, brace brace brace!”
He described Zara Tindall as a “warrior” and said he took his new baby into the “TV room” shortly after being born to watch a rugby game from 1996 between Bath and Wigan.
The happy father stated: “I literally was like yep, snip snip, I’ve got my boy, I’m out, I’m out of here! The best thing about being at home was, the best thing, as soon as he’s wrapped up, you’re skin on skin, straight downstairs, TV room, golf on, and I was like, this is what me and you are doing.”
The Tindalls live within an estate in Gloucestershire, the home of Zara Tindall’s mother, Princess Anne.
In addition to their newborn baby, Mike and Zara Tindall also share two daughters, 7-year-old Mia and 2-year-old Lena.
He praised his fearless wife by sharing: “As every man will say, she was a warrior, as always. They always are. We can never judge a woman in terms of what they have to go through with childbirth, so… no, she was back up, we went for a walk this morning with him, and yeah, all good.”
Mike also spoke about how different the birth of his son was when compared to his two daughters.
He confessed: “It’s been a slow journey, so first one was in Gloucester Royal, done the right way, we was induced as well that one, and then the second one was in Stroud in a local birth clinic, and this one we didn’t even make it there.
Fans of the royal family appreciate the couple’s candor.