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A surprise wedding and a new baby boy: A look into Frances Abbott's life in the public eye.

Tony Abbott's daughter, Frances Loch, has given birth to her first child with her husband Sam Loch.

The 30-year-old welcomed son Ernest Loch on July 11, with Sam announcing the birth on Instagram.

"Born on his due date, July 11 tipping the scales at an even 9lb," he wrote.

"Brought into existence by his mum with nothing but breathing, coconut water and heart."

On his Instagram story, Sam acknowledged their baby's name - Ernest - is unusual in 2021.

He shared a graph from baby name website Nameberry, which showed the sharp decline the name has had on the list of most popular boy's names since 1880.

"Not aiming for popularity," Sam wrote.

Image: Instagram.

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Frances announced they were expecting in January 2021.

"Big little baby Loch. Joining the party Summer '21," Frances wrote alongside a very happy photo of her holding her growing baby bump.

As the daughter of Australia's 28th Prime Minister, this isn't the first time Frances has made headlines.

Here's everything we know about Frances Loch's life in the public eye. 

A 'fast' proposal.

Frances and Sam, 38, surprised everyone when they got engaged in 2017, just two weeks they first met. 

Speaking to Stellar magazine that year, the fitness instructor explained she was introduced to Sam, a former Olympic rower, in mid-October after a friend suggested they would get along.  

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"Next thing he is standing in my lobby with a coffee," she told the publication. "As soon as I met him, I knew it was something special."

Two weeks later, Sam proposed. At the time, Frances was putting frozen peas in her freezer when Sam came up to her with a bottle of champagne in his hands. 

"He said, 'Why aren't you asking me why I'm holding champagne?' So I said, 'OK... why are you holding champagne' He said, 'Well, I thought we could drink it after I asked you to marry me'."

The couple announced their engagement two weeks later.

"Everyone's like, 'Wow, this is really fast'," she told the publication. "But it feels so natural to me. His energy, it's so grounding. When I am around him, I am like, 'This is what it's meant to be like'. Life is short, and love is special, and sometimes you just need to follow your instincts."

Tony Abbott and his wife Margaret were also surprised to hear about the engagement. 

"Mum was like, 'Frances, you are quite impulsive'," she said. "My family just want what’s best for me, as any family would with their daughter. They are cautious because of the time, but they know me."

A surprise wedding.

Three months after getting engaged, Frances and Sam legally married at a registry on Valentine's Day in 2018. The couple shared the exciting news in a surprise Instagram post.

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Tony Abbott later congratulated his middle daughter for tying the knot in a post on Twitter.  

Months later, the couple exchanged vows for a second time during an intimate ceremony at Palm Beach in front of their family and friends. 

The pair, who now live in Portland, Oregon, celebrated their three-year wedding anniversary in April. 

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"Two weeks was all it took to know that forever with you was a mighty fine idea," Frances wrote on Instagram on their second anniversary.

Frances' relationship with her dad. 

For the most part, Frances gets along well with her father, but there's one issue they certainly don't see eye to eye on - same sex marriage

The 30-year-old was a vocal supporter of the same sex marriage campaign in 2017 and even appeared in an advert calling Australians to support marriage equality. 

"You can't help who you fall in love with. Love just happens sometimes and it's unexpected and that's kind of what's the awesome thing about it," she said in the video released by the Equality Campaign.

Frances also mentioned her aunt and Tony Abbott's sister, Christine Forster, who lives with her partner, Virginia Edwards.

"I don't think she planned to fall in love with Virginia – it just happened. It never really changed anything, she was still aunty Chris – she's still going to be at Christmas, she's still going to be at the family barbecues, her children are still my cousins.

"This is why it really just doesn't make sense to me that it's not allowed."

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Frances later spoke about her father's views on same sex marriage during an interview with Stellar. 

"It's really against what he learnt about. Dad tells a story about when he was at primary school and he got the cane for holding hands with one of his male school friends. He would have been five. When that happens when you are a child, I get why you think this way," she told the publication. 

"I've been raised to love everybody, to look for the best in everybody. Which is kind of why I don't get [his view]. I will do the eye roll at Dad, like, 'OK, whatever'. I love him all the same."

Frances on the other hand, is forging her own path when it come to her political views. 

"Politics is such a big thing in my family [but], to be honest, I find talking about it quite draining sometimes," she said.

"I am creating my own ideas and forging my own path. I will continue to disagree with [my parents] on many things, I am sure, and that's how they have raised me to be."

This article was originally published on January 11, 2021 and has been updated.

Feature Image: Instagram @francesloch/@samloch/Getty.