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Zara and Mike Tindall hold intimate christening for baby Mia attended by the Queen

1 December 2014
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Zara and Mike Tindall celebrated the christening of their baby daughter Mia in Gloucestershire on Sunday. The couple were joined by a handful of close royals including Zara's grandmother the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne and Prince William for the low-key affair held at St Nicholas Church in the village of Cherington.Zara and her former rugby player husband were the first to arrive at the church, along with Mike's former England rugby player and friend Iain Balshaw. The private occasion was picked up on by an ITV correspondent who captured a brief video of the Monarch and Prince Philip arriving at the church, which is nearby Zara and Mike's and Princess Anne's homes.

Zara and Mike Tindall christened their baby daughter Mia on Sunday afternoon

Prince William's wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is currently pregnant with the royal couple's second child, is believed to have been settling into their new country home Anmer Hall in Norfolk with their bouncing boy Prince George. The small royal group enjoyed Sunday lunch before making their way to the church, where well-wishers gathered to greet them upon their arrival. Mia, who was born in January, is 16th in line to the throne. She was welcomed by her medal-winning equestrian champion mum and former England rugby captain at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Upon arrival the little one weighed in at 7lbs 12oz (3.5 kg).

 Mia Tindall was christened in Gloucestershire on Sunday afternoon

Zara recently revealed that she juggles her equestrian career with being a full-time mum, without hired help.The royal sportswoman told an interviewer from the Telegraph she hasn't employed a childminder, despite speculation to the contrary. "The press have printed that I have a nanny, who is my best mate Dolly Maude, which they obviously haven’t realised…" she said. "She's been to two competitions and helped me and she’s apparently my nanny… but she's not, she’s got four of her own kids to look after." Princess Anne's daughter shares parenting duties with husband Mike, who is often seen taking charge of their near one-year-old baby at events.

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