Zara Tindall CHANGED daughter’s name after last minute discovery
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Zara Tindall, 39, is the eldest granddaughter of the Queen and Prince Philip and the only daughter of Princess Anne. She is married to Mike Tindall and together the couple have two daughters – Mia Grace Tindall and Lena Elizabeth Tindall.
However, Lena’s name was changed last minute after her birth.
Zara and Mike welcomed their first daughter in January 2014, naming her Mia Grace.
The Hebrew name descends from Miriam, a name that means beloved.
Her middle name Grace is often given in reference to the Christian concept of divine grace and used as a virtue name.
Lena’s name, however, was meant to be slightly different, and it wasn’t until Zara and Mike made a last minute discovery it changed.
Zara explained shortly after Lena’s birth they realised the name they had originally picked wasn’t ideal.
The Queen’s granddaughter told The Telegraph: “She was massive!
“I liked the name Elena but I didn’t want her initials to be ‘ET’ so she’s Lena.”
The baby came out weighing nine pounds and three ounces at birth – the heaviest baby ever in the British Royal Family.
The average weight of a baby girl born in the UK is about seven pounds, four ounces.
The name Lena, pronounced Lay-na means “she that allures” in Latin, while in Greek, it means “sunlight” and “moonlight”.
Lena’s middle name Elizabeth is a nod to her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.
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The two-year-old isn’t the only royal in the family with Elizabeth as a middle name.
She is joined by grandmother Princess Anne, Princess Charlotte and even her mother Zara.
Lena and her elder sister Mia are being brought up without royal titles.
Their mother Zara also grew up without a style.
Princess Anne chose to not give Zara and her elder brother Peter titles even if the Queen offered it to them.
Zara and Peter were never entitled to the rank of “Her/His Royal Highness” due to century-old traditions.
The rule says only children produced by a son of the monarch can receive Prince and Princess titles.
But the Queen still offered the titles to Princess Anne did not accept the gesture.
Speaking of her mother’s decision in 2015, Zara told The Times: “I’m very lucky that both my parents decided to not use the title and we grew up and did all the things that gave us the opportunity to do.”
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