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he arrival of Zara and Mike Tindall’s second child just before the start of Royal Ascot was a cause for family rejoicing. Zara suffered a miscarriage in December in 2016, but a year later during a working holiday in Australia revealed that she was pregnant again.

   The couple met in 2003 and announced their engagement in 2010, before getting married in Edinburgh in 2011. Daughter Mia was born in 2014. They both have MBEs, Zara as an Olympic British equestrian and Mike as a former rugby captain for England.

   ‘The saving grace for us has been Mia,’ Mike said shortly after his wife’s miscarriage. ‘When I was playing I hardly saw her; now we can see her grow up. I can take her swimming and I can take her to Ninja Tots; you’ll never be able to see her there because she disappears in a puff of smoke.’

   ‘Mrs Michael Tindall was safely delivered of a baby girl on 18th June, at Stroud Maternity Unit,’ the announcement from Buckingham Palace stated. ‘Mr Tindall was present at the birth. The weight of the baby was 9lbs 3oz’.

   This bonny baby (the heaviest royal newborn for more than a century) has been named Lena (pronounced Lay-na) Elizabeth and will be a playmate for four-year-old Mia, who is used to stealing the show. Lena is the Princess Royal’s fourth granddaughter and a seventh great-grandchild for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

   The 92-year-old monarch packed in her royal duties during the summer and when she missed a service at St Paul’s Cathedral in late June to mark the 200th anniversary of the Order of St Michael and St George, due to a cold, it was suggested she was doing too much.

   During the previous ten days she had attended the Garter Day events at Windsor Castle, five days of Royal Ascot and two private visits to Guards Polo Club with Prince Philip. In the summer heatwave she received guests at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Young Leaders awards ceremony, besides her other duties as head of state. Her Majesty says that if she stops she drops, and she clearly wasn’t about to do that. She will now be at Balmoral until October, when the court returns south.

   The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who still have the two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace as their London home, have taken a two-year lease on a farmhouse on the private Great Tew Estate northeast of Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. Meghan’s favourite country retreat, Soho Farmhouse, where she and a group of girlfriends enjoyed a spa day before her wedding, is nearby.

   Harry, who also has a cottage he shares with William on the Balmoral Estate, has always been a country lover. It is an ideal way of easing Californian-born Meghan into rural life, which she can combine with the amenities of Soho Farmhouse during the cold British winter.

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