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Zara Phillips gives birth to baby girl

Zara Phillips with her Olympic silver medal.

Zara Phillips with her Olympic silver medal.

British equestrian Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, has given birth to a baby girl, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The girl, whose name has yet to be announced, was delivered at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. She weighed 7lbs 12oz.

Phillips’ husband, England rugby player Mike Tindall, was present at the birth, the Queen’s press secretary said.

This baby is the first child for the couple and the third grandchild for Princess Anne.

The new arrival is the fourth great-grandchild for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The queen’s other great-grandchildren are 6-month-old Prince George, son of Prince William and his wife, Catherine; and the two daughters of Zara’s brother, Peter Phillips, and his wife, Autumn.

The baby is 16th in line to the British throne.

The immediate family were reported to be delighted with the news.

Phillips is an accomplished equestrian who won the World Eventing Championship in Aachen in 2006.

The same year she was voted 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year by the British viewing public – an award her mother won in 1971.

As a member of the Great Britain Eventing Team, she won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics and was presented with her medal by Princess Anne.

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