Zara and Mike Tindall paid tribute to Princess Anne and the Queen with their baby’s name

By Meaghan Wray

What’s in a name? A lot if you’re Zara and Mike Tindall! The royal couple officially welcomed a second baby girl into their sporty family on June 18, and royal watchers have been eager to find out the name of their bundle of joy, who joins big sister Mia Tindall. Nine days after the little one’s birth, the news came out: it’s Lena Elizabeth Tindall.

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A spokeswoman for the couple explained: “It’s just a name they liked,” also noting that the baby’s name is pronounced Lay-na. While her middle name is an obvious nod to the baby’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, many have been wondering about the significance is of Lena. Though the moniker has many meanings in different languages and cultures, we’re thinking it may have something to do with the unorthodox way Princess Anne raised her royal children.

The couple had their first child, Mia, in 2014. Photo: © Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images

The Queen’s daughter chose to forgo the royal titles that could have been bestowed on her daughter Zara and son Peter Phillips. On top of that, she selected a unique name for her little girl. Zara, too, has chosen a name that no other British royal shares. And aside from its unique quality, it holds quite a few beautiful meanings.

Lena is a summer baby, so it’s very fitting that the Greek origin of her name means “sunlight.” In Persian, the moniker means “pretty girl,” while in other Arabic languages, it means “generous” and “kind.”

Of course, Elizabeth is a name steeped in royal history. Not only is it Her Majesty’s first name, it is also the middle name of Princess Charlotte, Duchess Kate and Kate’s mom, Carole Middleton. The Queen’s mother was named Elizabeth, too. Lena Elizabeth is the perfect mix of old and new!

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