30 November 2016

Big Sister Mia & Her Royal Ancestors

Zara and Mike Tindall
By Land Rover MENA via Wikimedia Commons
It's been announced that Zara Phillips Tindall is expecting her second child in the spring. This means that her daughter Mia is about to be a big sister. [Update on December 24, 2016, it was announced that Zara had miscarried. Our prayers are with the family in this time of loss.] Zara is the only daughter of Anne Princess Royal, who is the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II.

Zara and her brother received no royal or noble titles nor any royal responsibilities. Therefore, they have been free to pursue relatively normal lives. Zara followed her mom into the realm of Olympic equestrian sports. Anne represented her country at the 1976 Montreal Games and Zara did the same at the 2012 London Games.

Zara married professional rugby player Mike Tindall on July 30, 2011 and their first child, daughter Mia Grace was born on January 17, 2014. Mia is often seen at her family's various sporting events, usually playing with her first cousins, Savannah and Isla Phillips, daughter's of Zara's brother Peter or with her second cousin Prince George of Cambridge, son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The new baby, who will be 18th in line to the throne, will be Queen Elizabeth's sixth great-grandchild. To celebrate the impending arrival, I thought we'd take a look at photos of the babies who came before.

First, big sister Mia:

Second, mummy Zara as a youngster:

Third, granny Annie -- apologies to Her Royal Highness, but I couldn't resist the rhyme!

Fourth, great-granny Elizabeth:

Finally, other royal ancestors as little girls.

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