Former Rugby Player Mike Tindall Schools Britons On The Proper Pronunciations For His Daughters' Names
Nine days after the birth of their daughter at the Stroud Maternity Unit of Gloucestershire Royal hospital, Zara and Mike Tindall have announced the name of their new baby girl. A spokesperson for the family made the official announcement:
Zara and Mike Tindall have named their baby daughter Lena Elizabeth.
Lena Elizabeth joins big sister Mia, who was born four years ago and is the seventh great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.
Announcement of the birth of Mr and Mrs Tindall's second baby: https://t.co/Apt9GfSmJv— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 19, 2018
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.
Like her mother, Lena Elizabeth does not have a royal title but being named after the Queen is in itself a big honor. Lena is the second royal named Elizabeth since the passing of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, in 2002.
As part of the announcement, the spokesperson also offered the proper pronunciation for the name to avoid confusion. It is pronounced Lay-na.
Fans of the royal family, many of which were only vaguely aware of the official announcement, have been asking the same question on social media. And their questions got the attention of prod dad, Mike Tindall.
Is it pronounced Lena or Leena in the UK? @miketindall13— Janet Webb (@JanetETennessee) June 27, 2018
He took out a moment to answer one of the royal fans who wanted to know if the name was pronounced with a long “e” sound as in Leena or Lena as in “length.” And his answer was the same, Lay-na.
Pronounced like Lay-na— mike tindall (@miketindall13) June 27, 2018
Some other curious Britons also asked about the proper pronunciation for his other daughter’s name, Mia Tindall, again; he generously offered the right one.
Love it ... and Mia is My -ah, right ... not Mee -ah?— Marlene Koenig 🇺🇸 (@royalmusing) June 27, 2018
No Mia is Me-a 👍— mike tindall (@miketindall13) June 27, 2018
It may be just a name, but nobody is really making a big fus about it, as much of the attention is on the fact the baby shares the same name with the Queen. The spokesperson added in the announcement that it was "just a name they liked."
This is not the first time a member of the royal family spent a moment teaching fans how to pronounce a name. For a while, many Britons had a hard time figuring the proper way to pronounce Princess Eugenie’s name.
In a 2008 interview with The Telegraph, the princess cleared the air by pronouncing her name herself. Nothing beats hearing it from the horse’s mouth. As little Lena Elizabeth is still too young to speak, we have to take her father’s word for it.