The Queen Has a New Granddaughter, Here's the Correct Way to Pronounce Her Name

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June 28, 2018Jun 28, 2018

On Wednesday, Zara and Mike Tindall announced the name of their newest addition, who also happens to be Queen Elizabeth's seventh great-grandchild. The little girl's first name looks pretty simple, but we've probably been mispronouncing it.

Zara and Mike Tindall welcomed their second child on June 18. The little girl has a very special name: Lena Elizabeth Tindall!

Her middle name is undoubtedly a nod to her great-grandmother. What an honor to share a name with her royal grandma!

But it's her first name that's been tripping people up. A fan of the royal couple—Zara is Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter through her daughter, Alice—took to Twitter to ask Mike how to pronounce the name. 

The proud father explained the pronunciation. What he said was a surprise to royal fans everywhere. 

Little Lena's name isn't pronounced Lee-na. Instead, it's pronounced Lay-na. 

While he was at it, he corrected a fan's mispronunciation of his older daughter, Mia's, name. Fortunately, it's pronounced just like you'd think it would be: Me-a. 

Lena's name comes from the Greek name Elena, which means "light and shine." The origin of the name explains the pronunciation. Lena is also a popular name in Eastern Europe, especially in Poland.

According to the couple’s spokesperson, they chose Lena because “it was just a name they liked.”

This is the seventh great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth and the fourth grandchild for her daughter Princess Anne. The new baby is 19th in line for the throne.

Lena has an older sister, 4-year-old Mia. The newborn is especially important to the parents. Zara suffered a miscarriage in December 2016.

The parents shared that Mia got them through the incredibly hard time. It was her mischievousness was a light in their life.

“The saving grace for us has been Mia, our daughter who is now 3,” Mike told The Sunday Times in May 2017. “However down we feel she will come running up in our faces. When I was playing I hardly saw her; now we can see her grow up. I can take her swimming and I can take her to Ninja Tots. You’ll never be able to see her there because she disappears in a puff of smoke.”

Lena was born at Stroud Maternity Unit in Gloucestershire on June 18. According to a Buckingham Palace statement, she weighed 9 pounds and three ounces.

In other royal news, Susan Sarandon broke royal protocol when she met the Queen. How do you think the Queen responded?