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Zara Tindall’s Newborn Son Lucas’ Middle Name Is Touching Tribute to Her Grandfather Prince Philip

Great-grandpa’s little guy! Zara Tindall’s son Lucas’ middle name sweetly honors Prince Philip.

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“Zara and Mike Tindall are happy to announce the birth of their third child, Lucas Philip Tindall,” the couple’s rep told Us Weekly in a Tuesday, March 23, statement. “The bundle of joy, who joins siblings Mia Grace and Lena Elizabeth, weighed in at 8 lbs 4 oz.

Zara Tindall Newborn Son Lucas Middle Name Is Touching Tribute to Grandfather Prince Philip
Zara Tindall Jabphotography/Shutterstock

Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter, 39, gave birth on Sunday, March 21, and the infant “arrived very quickly.” Mike, 42, who also shares daughters Mia, 7, and Lena, 2, with Zara, described the “chaotic” birth on “The Good, the Bad and the Rugby” podcast.

“It was running to the gym, get a mat, get into the bathroom, get a mat on the floor, towels down,” the former professional rugby player explained on Tuesday. “Fortunately, the midwife, who was going to meet us at the hospital, wasn’t that far away. She drove up, got there just as we’d assumed the [position]. And then the second midwife arrived just after the head had arrived.”

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The pair announced their pregnancy news in December 2020. “It’s been a good week for me,” the athlete said on his podcast at the time. “[Zara] had a little scan last week. Third Tindall on its way. … I’ve got two girls. I’ll love it whether a boy or a girl, but please be a boy.”

Zara Tindall Newborn Son Lucas Middle Name Is Touching Tribute to Grandfather Prince Philip
Prince Philip Tim Rooke/Shutterstock

The couple’s newborn arrived less than one week after Philip, 99, returned home from his 28-day hospital stay.

“The Duke of Edinburgh has today been discharged from King Edward VII’s Hospital and has returned to Windsor Castle, following treatment for an infection and a successful procedure for a preexisting condition,” Buckingham Palace said in a March 16 statement. “His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him at both King Edward VII’s Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital and everyone who has sent their good wishes.”

The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital on February 16 as a “precautionary measure” before being transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital on March 1 for heart surgery. Two days later, he returned to King Edward VII’s.

“It’s been a rough few weeks for the queen, that’s for sure,” a source exclusively told Us Weekly last month. “She’s distraught over her beloved husband’s health setback.”

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The monarch, 94, and Philip wed in November 1947 and share four children — Prince Charles, 72, Princess Anne, 70, Prince Andrew, 61, and Prince Edward, 57. Their eldest daughter welcomed Zara in 1981.

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