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British royals Zara Tindall and husband Mike lose baby

There's some sad news for the British royal family this Christmas Eve.
/ Source: TODAY

There's some sad news for the British royal family this Christmas Eve.

Zara Tindall, Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter, was expecting a second child with her husband, Mike. BBC reports that the Tindalls have lost the baby, who would've been due this spring.

Mike Tindall, Zara Tindell and their daughter Mia pose for a photograph on Aug. 28 in Kingham, Oxfordshire.Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images

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Buckingham Palace said it would not comment on the private matter, but a spokesperson confirmed the loss. "At this difficult time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy," the rep told BBC.

Zara, an Olympic equestrian, and Mike, a former rugby player, have a two-year-old-daughter named Mia. She won hearts worldwide when she took part in a portrait taken with the queen in honor of the monarch's 90th birthday. The toddler is seen in the photo proudly clutching her great grandmother's handbag in both hands.

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For those still struggling with the royal family tree: Zara is the daughter of Princess Anne, who also is known as Princess Royal. Mia is a great-grandchild of the 90-year-old Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Phillip; the baby would have been their sixth.

Sending tidings of comfort and peace to the family during this difficult time.