Ben Goldsmith names his newborn daughter after late daughter Iris

Ben Goldsmith welcomes a baby girl with wife Jemima – and names her Vita Iris in tribute to his 15-year-old daughter who died in a buggy accident nine months ago

  • Ben Goldsmith, 39, and wife Jemima welcomed a baby girl two weeks ago
  • Couple named her Vita Iris as a tribute to Ben’s teenage daughter who died
  • Iris Goldsmith tragically lost her life in a buggy accident at home last summer
  • Proud aunt Jemima Goldsmith announced the new arrival on Instagram 

Ben Goldsmith has welcomed a baby girl with his wife Jemima, nine months after the tragic death of his teenage daughter. 

The couple have named their baby Vita Iris as a tribute to Ben’s late daughter Iris, who was just 15 when she lost her life in a buggy accident at the family farm in Somerset last summer. 

Vita, the couple’s third child together, was born two weeks ago but only left hospital yesterday after a fortnight in the ICU, aunt Jemima Goldsmith announced on Instagram this afternoon. 

Ben Goldsmith has welcomed a daughter with his wife Jemima, nine months after the tragic death of his teenage daughter. Pictured, Ben with newborn baby Vita Iris

Ben and Jemima named their daughter Vita Iris in honour of Ben’s daughter Iris, who lost her life in a buggy accident at the family home in Somerset last year. Pictured, Ben and Iris

Sharing photos of brother Ben and sister-in-law Jemima with her newborn niece, the socialite wrote: ‘Welcome home, Vita Iris Goldsmith- my perfect little niece who left hospital today after a terrifying two weeks in the ICU & thanks to the brilliant doctors and nurses, a miraculous recovery. 

‘I love you so much already even tho’ we haven’t yet met. So many congratulations to @bengoldsmith & @jemimagjones.’ 

Ben and model-turned-society caterer Jemima Jones already have two children together, three-year-old daughter, Eliza, and a son, Arlo, aged two. The couple announced their pregnancy in February this year. 

Iris was one of three children from Ben’s first marriage, to banking heiress Kate Rothschild. They have two sons: Frank, 14, and Isaac, 11. 

Proud aunt Jemima shared this photo of baby Vita with her mother, also Jemima, on Instagram this afternoon. Baby Vita spent two weeks in the ICU before being discharged yesterday

The proud aunt shared this Instagram post this afternoon announcing her niece’s arrival

Iris was riding an all-terrain buggy, similar to a quad bike, around the family’s farm in North Brewham, Somerset, on July 8 last year when it overturned. She was with a friend who immediately raised the alarm but she could not be saved. 

Both Ben and Kate have spoken publicly about their devastation following their daughter’s death. 

Both shared moving Instagram posts in January, on the six month anniversary of her passing. 

Ben has spoken publicly about his devastation at losing eldest daughter Iris in July last year. Pictured, the father and daughter at a Calvin Klein event in London in June 2017

At the time Ben wrote: ‘You will always be a marvel to us, my Irie. One of life’s champions. What’s life without champions? We’re struggling to make sense of ours without you.’ 

Ben is the son of late billionaire tycoon Sir James Goldsmith and younger brother of Environment Minister Lord (Zac) Goldsmith and television producer Jemima Goldsmith.

His mother, Lady Annabel, inspired the name of legendary Mayfair nightclub Annabel’s.

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