The touching meaning behind Zara Tindall’s new baby’s name

It's been over a week since Zara and Mike Tindall welcomed their new baby daughter to the family, weighing 9lbs 3oz.

And now, the couple have announced the new bundle of joy’s adorable name – Lena Elizabeth Tindall. How lovely!

The name was announced on Wednesday 27th June by the couple’s spokesperson. And there’s actually a sweet meaning behind the new royal’s moniker.

Of course, the baby’s middle name, Elizabeth, is a touching tribute to her new great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. It’s the first time since Princess Charlotte, whose full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, was born, that a member of the royal family has honoured the monarch in choosing a baby name.

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Regarding the new arrival’s first name, Lena, the couple’s spokesperson simply explained, “It was just a name they liked”.

The representative also confirmed that the name is pronounced ‘Lay-na’, rather than ‘Lee-na’.

It’s thought that the name Lena is Greek – and holds the meanings ‘light’ and ‘shine’. Whether or not Mike and Zara are aware of the meaning behind the name, it’s certainly a sweet suggestion that their new daughter has brought light into their life!

Although she is a member of the royal family, Lena, like her mother, will not hold a royal title – and will simply be known as Miss Tindall.

Royal baby names are, understandably, usually not made public until Queen Elizabeth II has been informed herself.

The decision to inform the Queen is considered to be protocol by the royal family. And although Zara does not hold a royal title nor a formal job within ‘The Firm’, like cousins William and Harry, it’s likely that she still had to abide by the rule with both of her daughters, including after the birth of her 3-year-old Mia in 2014.

The announcment for the couple’s new daughter’s name was decidly more formal than the announcement for Mia’s name.

For Mia, Mike himself casually announced her name on his Twitter account – rather than through official palace channels.

He simply wrote, ‘For everyone who has asked what our daughter’s name, it’s Mia Grace Tindall.’

The couple, who are also parents to three-year-old Mia, are understandably keeping a low profile at their Gatcombe Park home following the birth of their daughter.

It’s thought that the pair may not be seen in public again until the christening of Prince Louis, on 9th July.

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