Zara Tindall, Prince William's Cousin, Pregnant With First Child

9:26 AM, Jul 8, 2013   |    comments
The queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, and husband Mike Tindall, here in December 2012, are expecting a baby in new year. (Photo: Matt Dunham AP)
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(USA Today) -- Queen Elizabeth II, soon to be a great-grandmother for a third time, announced today that a fourth is on the way.

Her granddaughter, Zara Phillips Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne the Princess Royal, is pregnant and will give birth in early 2014, Buckingham Palace announced today.

Phillips, 32, an Olympic equestrian, married rugby star Mike Tindall in 2011 in Scotland, just weeks after the royal wedding of her cousin, Prince William, to Kate Middleton. Duchess Kate is due to give birth any day now to their first baby and a new third-in-line to the throne.

The Tindalls' baby will be the queen's fourth great-grandchild; Zara's brother Peter Phillips has two children and Will and Kate's will be the third.

Zara's and Peter's father is Capt. Mark Phillips, also a former Olympic equestrian like his daughter and his ex-wife, Anne, the queen's only daughter.

Zara and Peter are both close to the queen and are her only grandchildren who do not have titles, at their mother's request at the time of their birth. But they are far down the succession ladder; Zara is only 14th in line to the throne and will drop to 15 once Will and Kate's baby is born.

She competes in three-day equestrian eventing, a grueling sport that combines the disciplines of dressage, show jumping and cross country. She and her British team won a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics, awarded by her mother, an Olympic official.

The palace announcement said Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, and Tindall's parents, Phillip and Linda Tindall, and members of both families are "delighted with the news."

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