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Royal baby settles in with mum Zara at Gatcombe

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

By Jeff Wells

  • Princess Anne took a break from grandmother duties when she rode out from her home on the Gatcombe estate yesterday. Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall meanwhile, are getting used to being parents

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Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall have been getting used to life as new parents at their Gloucestershire home this weekend.

Flowers from friends and family have been turning up at the Gatcombe estate after Zara gave birth to a girl in the early hours of Friday morning.

Deliveries from a number of florists, including Oops A Daisy, Lily Pad and Jacaranda, arrived following the arrival.

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Gatcombe estate is owned, and also lived on, by Princess Anne, who was spotted taking a break from grandmother duties on Saturday. The royal drove to a small house on the edge of the estate where she collected some dogs to take for a walk.

However, the Princess Royal wasn't in the usual high spirits of a new grandmother when she encountered photographers waiting near her home yesterday. Asked by a photographer if she was having a nice day with the new baby, she replied: ''Well, I was having a lovely day until I saw you."

Zara, a silver medal-winning Olympian, who is one of Britain's leading equestrian riders, gave birth to her first child at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with her husband, the former England rugby union star, at her side.

Tindall took to Twitter soon after to describe his joy at becoming a father for the first time, saying it was "definitely the best day of my life", adding that mother and baby were doing well.

The new dad tweeted: "Thanks so much for all your kind messages. Definitely the best day of my life today, so happy! The girls are both doing great!"

The couple left hospital with their baby, who weighed 7lbs 12oz, is 16th in line to the throne and is the Queen's fourth great grandchild.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Mike's parents, Mr Phillip and Mrs Linda Tindall, have been informed and are delighted with the news. The baby's name will be confirmed in due course."

Zara's pregnancy was confirmed by the Palace in July, just a few weeks before the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby son, Prince George. The name of the baby has still not yet been revealed but Charlotte, Elizabeth and Victoria are among the bookmakers' favourites.

Meanwhile, Tindall's former international rugby teammate Chris Ashton has become engaged, sharing his joy just days after the royal baby was born.

Ashton, a fellow England player, popped the question to nanny Melissa Uzelac as they enjoyed a break in New York.

But the sportsman told Hello! magazine that the proposal took a toll on his joints, saying: "My knee was sore from bending down – I must be getting old."

He said he had long been planning the proposal to his girlfriend of six-and-a-half years, during the holiday.

"I'd booked the trip a while ago, and had in the back of my mind that I'd ask Melissa to marry me," he said. "My family and friends were giving me stick about getting on with it."

Ashton said they were both happy to pitch in with their friends' new addition.

"I'll brush up on my babysitting skills, just in case," he said. Uzelac said the proposal came as a surprise.

"I had no idea Chris was about to propose. It really was a fairy-tale in New York," she said.

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  • mrmeldrew  |  January 20 2014, 9:54PM

    Mmmm!! Wonder if your clear up after your dogs now that you have a baby? You never used to when you lived in Henrietta Street!!

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