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Mark Phillips
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Spouse Anne, Princess Royal
(m. 1973–1992, divorced)
Sandy Pflueger
(m. 1997-present)
Issue
Peter Phillips
Zara Phillips
Felicity Tonkin
Stephanie Phillips
Full name
Mark Anthony Peter Phillips
Father Mj. Peter William Garside Phillips
Mother Anna Patricia Tiarks
Born 22 September 1948 (1948-09-22) (age 68)

Captain Mark Anthony Peter Phillips CVO ADC(P) (born 22 September 1948) is a British Olympic gold-medal-winning horseman and ex-husband of Anne, Princess Royal. He is the son of Major Peter William Garside Phillips (1920–1998) and Anne Patricia Phillips (née Tiarks) (1926–1988).

Early lifeEdit

EducationEdit

Mark Phillips was educated at Stouts Hill Preparatory School and Marlborough College, whence he joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

CareerEdit

He is now a regular columnist in Horse & Hound magazine. He also remains a leading figure in British equestrian circles and serves as Chef d'Equipe of the United States Eventing Team.

Military careerEdit

Upon passing out from Sandhurst, Phillips was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Queen's Dragoon Guards in July 1969. After the expected period, he was promoted to lieutenant in January 1971. By the start of 1974, Phillips was an acting captain when he was appointed a Personal Aide-de-Camp to Queen Elizabeth II. Phillips was substantively promoted to captain in July 1975. Phillips retired from the Army on 30 March 1978.

After retiring from the Army, Phillips continued to style himself Captain Mark Phillips. Ordinarily, only Army officers of or above the rank of major may use their rank when retired. However, retired junior cavalry officers whose civilian work involves equestrianism may continue to use their rank.

Equestrian careerEdit

In 1972, Phillips was a member of the British three-day event team, which won the gold medal at the Munich Olympics. He won the Badminton Horse Trials in 1971 and 1972 riding Great Ovation, in 1974 on Colombus, and in 1981 on Lincoln.

In 1998, Phillips designed the cross-country venue for the Red Hills Horse Trials, a qualifying event for the Olympics located in Tallahassee, Florida, USA.

It was through his equestrian activities that he met Princess Anne, only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Personal lifeEdit

First marriage and divorceEdit

See Wedding of Anne, Princess Royal and Mark Phillips

Phillips married Princess Anne on 14 November 1973, at Westminster Abbey.

The Queen is believed to have offered him a peerage on his wedding day, which he turned down. This may also have been the specific wish of Princess Anne. (As female-line grandchildren of the Sovereign, Princess Anne's children were never eligible for the style "Royal Highness" or the title "Prince/Princess" under the terms of George V's letters patent of 1917). If Phillips held a peerage, however, his children with Princess Anne would have been entitled to be addressed as "Lord" or "Lady" and not merely "Mr." or "Miss." In the case of the Queen's sister, The Princess Margaret, her ex-husband, Anthony Armstrong-Jones, became the Earl of Snowdon upon marriage, with the subsidiary title, Viscount Linley. As a result, Jones' son, David, is entitled to be addressed as "Viscount Linley", and David's son, Charles, is addressed "The Honorable".

Rumors of a stormy relationship were rife, and their home life at Gatcombe Park was the subject of much unwanted media attention throughout their marriage. Several sources, including Nicholas Davies' book Queen Elizabeth II: A Woman Who Is Not Amused have attempted to cast doubt on whether Phillips fathered his daughter Zara.

In 1992, Phillips and the Princess Royal were divorced.

Extramarital affairEdit

In August 1985 Phillips fathered a daughter, Felicity, as a result of an extramarital affair with New Zealand art teacher Heather Tonkin. Phillips was confirmed as the father as a result of DNA testing during a paternity suit in 1991.

Second marriageEdit

On 1 February 1997, Phillips married Sandy Pflueger, an American dressage rider.

ChildrenEdit

Anne and Mark had two children:

Mark and Sandy have one child:

  • Stephanie, born 2 October 1997

Titles styles and honorsEdit

HonorsEdit

MilitaryEdit

  • Captain (Retired)

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