Many people around the world are gathering with family to spend time together for Christmas, but Queen Elizabeth, sick until recently, will be mourning with her granddaughter, Zara Tindall, over the loss of her unborn baby.
Recently, ill Queen Elizabeth headlines were popping up in the tabloids in England when she announced she would be changing travel plans for Christmas due to being sick.
According to CNN, Queen Elizabeth sick days were thought to be needed because she had a “heavy cold.” Nevertheless, Queen Elizabeth’s officials played down the condition that made her seem more sick than she actually was.
It was also at this time that it was reported that it was unlikely that Queen Elizabeth would travel to Sandringham by train. According to People, Queen Elizabeth said because she was slightly ill, she planned to go to Sandringham by helicopter instead of the train, but she still intended to go.
Christmas Day at Sandringham has been a British royal family tradition for years, and it would be alarming to many of her royal subjects if the queen is too sick to attend dinner with her family.
Alternatively, Queen Elizabeth may have put her illness aside because she felt it was important to spend time with her granddaughter due to her recent loss of a baby.
The queen’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall, formerly Zara Phillips, is not often in the news outside of winning awards for her Olympic-level equestrian skills, but news this Christmas is especially sad for Queen Elizabeth and the royal family because of the loss of Zara Tindall’s unborn child.
It was announced the day before Christmas that Zara Tindall had a miscarriage on December 21 — just as Queen Elizabeth was in the press for having a lung illness.
In announcements about Zara Tindall’s loss, an official spokesperson stated, “At this difficult time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy.” Buckingham Palace was contacted, but called it a private matter and declined commenting about Queen Elizabeth or Zara Tindall.
Sadly, this news about Zara Tindall comes just weeks after she announced that she had a baby on the way. Zara Tindall and her husband, Mike, were expecting the baby in the springtime, and the child would have been Queen Elizabeth’s sixth great-grandchild.
The new baby would have been the second child for Zara Tindall, and she had her first child, Mia Grace Tindall, on January 17, 2014.
Baby Mia has captured the hearts of the U.K., and one of her most famous moments was holding on to the purse of her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, according to Mirror.
Although Mia is Zara Tindall’s daughter, and Queen Elizabeth’s fourth great-grandchild, and 17th in line to the throne, Mia Grace Tindall does not officially have a royal title.
Despite this, Zara Tindall is the only royal family member that was named as godparent for the christening of baby George, heir to Prince William and Kate Middleton. Reuters reported on October 23, 2013, that when Prince George was christened, Zara Tindall was also only one of 21 people allowed to attend the ceremony in the first place.
Although Zara Tindall is obviously the kind of person Prince William wants as his child’s godmother, Zara has wrestled with the decision between career and family in the recent past.
According to Hello, in 2015, Zara Tindall decided to put off having another baby until she was finished with the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“What surprised me about having a baby is losing all your fitness and how tough it is to get it back.” Tidal admitted.
Regardless, Zara Tindall did not lose her baby because of a possible connection with the Zika virus, since she did not end up going to the Rio Olympics. While Zara Tindall won a silver medal for equestrian events at the 2012 Olympics, she did not qualify for the 2016 dressage team.
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