The latest royal family birth announcement has caused something of a stir.
On June 18, Zara Tindall, granddaughter of the queen and daughter of Princess Anne, gave birth to a baby girl. This is her second child with her husband, Mike Tindall, with whom she also has a 4-year-old daughter, Mia.
Palace officials confirmed the happy news via a statement released on Twitter, but some people weren’t happy about the language used in the announcement, which has been accused of being out-dated and “sexist.”
Announcement of the birth of Mr and Mrs Tindall's second baby: https://t.co/Apt9GfSmJv
Mrs Michael Tindall was safely delivered of a baby girl on 18th June, at Stroud Maternity Unit. Mr Tindall was present at the birth. The weight of the baby was 9lbs 3oz.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 19, 2018
The birth announcement references the royal, an equestrian who won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics, by her married name, Mrs. Michael Tindall. Some felt it was too formal and “archaic,” particularly in light of her own accomplishments and prestige.
Congratulations to them! “Mrs Michael Tindall” sounds archaic as a description for a spirited high-achieving individual like Zara though!
— Grunge (@Michelle_Grunge) June 19, 2018
Mrs. Michael Tindall? Really? She gave up her first name when she married?
— 4thofFive (@4thof_five) June 19, 2018
High time the UK adopt an official more equitable way of naming married women. This is antiquated. How about Mrs Zara Tindall-Phillips? Congratulations to both parents and Ms Mia Tindall!
— Helen Blow (@HelenBlow) June 20, 2018
Why is Zara referred to as Mrs Michael Tindall? Very bizarre in the 21st Century. Is Buck House not aware of #MeToo
— Hil5 (@HiltHiL5) June 19, 2018
The way that’s written sounds like she’s Micheals possession or that he himself had the baby.
— Amy Gilmore (@AmyGilm20267070) June 20, 2018
Despite the backlash, many other royalists also used the opportunity to offer their congratulations to the couple on their newborn.
The new addition, who is Queen Elizabeth’s seventh great-grandchild, is yet to be named but an announcement will be made “in due course.”
She is the second new addition to the royal family this year after the birth of her second cousin, Prince Louis, on April 23.
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