There's another royal baby on the way in 2018

It's shaping up to be a massive year for the British royal family, with not only a massive wedding to look forward to, but the arrival of two babies.

The Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall has announced that she and her husband Mike are expecting their second child.

The 36-year-old royal and the retired England rugby player are expecting a little brother or sister for their three-year-old daughter Mia, who turns four later this month, their spokesperson has confirmed.

Zara Phillips pregnant

Zara and Mike Tindall are expecting their second child. Photo: Getty

It's not known when the tiny tot is due to be born, but the Queen is said to be "very pleased" that she has a seventh great-grandchild on the way.

It's an exciting time for the royal family as Zara's cousin Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton announced last year that they are set to welcome their third child into the world in April, while William's brother Prince Harry is set to marry his fiancée Meghan Markle in May.

Zara's pregnancy comes just over a year after she tragically suffered a miscarriage, and Mike admitted at the time that their daughter Mia had been their "saving grace" throughout such a difficult time.

Zara and Mike Tindall baby

The couple already have daughter Mia who will turn four this month (pictured here with Princess Anne). Photo: Getty

A spokesperson said at the time: "Very sadly, Zara and Mike Tindall have lost their baby. At this difficult time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy."

Mike, 39, explained: "One thing you do learn is how many other people have to go through the same thing."

"The saving grace for us has been Mia, our daughter who is now three. However down we feel she will come running up in our faces."

Zara Tindall pregnant

The Queen is said to be 'very pleased' to be expecting another great-grandchild. Photo: Getty

And, seeing as both Zara and Mike come from sporting backgrounds, the couple - who got married in 2011 - are hoping their children follow in their footsteps.

Zara said recently: "We have always had sport in our lives and through our childhood. I think that really is important in every child's life to have that opportunity. I think we got it off our parents and hopefully we can pass that on to Mia."

It's an exciting year with Wills and Kate also expecting a baby and Harry and Meghan getting married. Photo: Getty

* Additional reporting by Bang Showbiz

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