Pregnant Zara Tindall has been pictured for the first time since the announcement that she and her husband Mike are expecting their third child.
The 42-year-old English rugby star posed with his 39-year-old rider, the Queen's eldest granddaughter, for a selfie that he shared on Instagram.
The couple, who live on Princess Anne's Gatcombe Estate in Gloucester, wore scarves over their faces to show their support for the My Name & # 39; 5 Doddie Foundation, which is hoping to find a cure for motor neuron disease.
Mike titled the post: “Not the best way to compete with my significant other in 2021, especially a pregnant woman, but sometimes it has to be done for big causes. Please get involved with @ myname5doddie @doddiegump but make sure you choose the right team! #scottishexiles a great way to get in shape by January while helping an amazing cause at the same time! & # 39;
The couple, who announced they were expecting earlier this month, are already parents to Mia Grace, six, and Lena Elizabeth, two.
Pregnant Zara Tindall has been pictured for the first time since the announcement that she and her husband Mike are expecting their third child. The 42-year-old English rugby star posed with his 39-year-old wife, the Queen's eldest granddaughter, for a selfie that he shared on Instagram
Last week, Mike joined the Parents' Club whose video calls were cut off by naughty kids when his daughters paused his rugby podcast recording.
Mike was talking to Alex Payne and James Haskell during the Christmas special, The Good, The Bad, and The Rugby, when his youngest boy stormed into the room.
After the adorable Lena stole his festive headband, she left – only to return a moment later with sister Mia in search of a return.
Marking Lena's arrival, James said to Mike, "You have a visitor, Tinds, a very little visitor over your left shoulder."
Last week, Mike joined the Parents' Club whose video calls were cut off by naughty kids when his daughters paused his rugby podcast recording
Mike was chatting with Alex Payne and James Haskell during the Christmas special, The Good, The Bad, and The Rugby, when his youngest Lena stormed into the room and stole his headband
You could then hear Lena & # 39; Papa & # 39; before she ran to her father and pointed to his Santa Claus headband and asked politely: "Please may I have your hat?"
Mike then lifted the toddler to his knee while Alex commented, "This is the content people came for."
When Lena looked delighted with her new accessory, Mike admitted, "I don't even think I can take the headgear back" – at which point Lena got down and ran out of the room.
But less than a minute after the hosts resumed their discussion, the door opened again and Lena ran in and asked for a cuddle.
Zara can be seen in the door and shouted: "Lena, get out!" before Mia showed up with reindeer antlers and her father's headband.
Less than a minute after the hosts resumed their discussion, the door opened again and Lena ran in and asked her father for a cuddle
After Mia had put the stolen Santa hat back on Mike's head, she looked cheekily into the camera while Lena waved to her father and said "Bye Dad" before climbing off his knee.
Zara waved to the hosts before waving to her youngest while Mia fed Mike a spoonful of her dinner from a bowl on the way out.
A clip of the adorable moment shared on social media wowed royal fans, and many noticed how much the girls have grown.
One wrote, "Lena Tindall crashes her father's podcast (twice), followed by Mia and Zara trying to get it out. They're so big I can't actually handle them."
Another commented, "Oh my god, they are so big and different."
Lena waved to her father and said & # 39; Bye, Dad & # 39; before stepping down while Mia cheekily looked at the camera
Zara, believed to be four months pregnant, waved to the hosts before waving over her youngest (pictured)
Mia brought Mike's Santa Claus headband, which her sister had stolen, and put it back on his head
Mia fed Mike a spoonful of her dinner on the way out, which wowed royal fans who commented on how much the kids had grown
Mike announced Zara's pregnancy on the podcast earlier this month and told his co-hosts, "It's been a good week for me, had a little scan last week – third Tindall on the way."
Mike said Zara is doing very well but "is always careful about things that have happened in the past," adding that she is really looking forward to the new arrival.
The couple, who suffered two miscarriages after giving birth to their eldest daughter in 2014, were the first royalty to speak openly about the heartbreaking experience.
In December 2016, the couple announced that a pregnancy announced the previous month had resulted in a miscarriage.
Two years later, in an interview with the Sunday Times, Zara spoke about the devastation of losing the baby, noting that she had suffered a second miscarriage before becoming pregnant with now two-year-old daughter Lena.
The recent announcement on Mike's podcast showed a different approach than the Tindalls, whose pregnancies were officially announced by Buckingham Palace in the past.
Zara, pictured with her dog on left in September before competing in cross country during the Burnham Market International Horse Trials in Norfolk, and with Mike on right
Mike said, "Z is very good, always careful about things that have happened in the past, and really looking forward to it."
He added: “This time I would like to have a boy, I have two girls, I would like to have a boy. I will love whether a boy or a girl – but please be a boy. & # 39;
He then joked that the couple were considering naming the child to reflect the fact that they were conceived during the pandemic.
"We're not sure what to do, Covi or Covina – I don't know where to go by name," he chuckled.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "Your Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh are aware and delighted."
The Queen and Prince Philip currently have eight great-grandchildren. The baby is the second royal arrival on the way as Zara's cousin Princess Eugenie is expecting her first child next year.
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