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Peter Phillips
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Spouse Autumn Kelly
(2008–present)
Issue
Savannah Phillips
Isla Phillips
Full name
Peter Mark Andrew Phillips
Father Mark Phillips
Mother Anne, Princess Royal
Born 15 November 1977 (1977-11-15) (age 39)
St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London

Peter Mark Andrew Phillips (born 15 November 1977) is the only son of Princess Anne, The Princess Royal and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. He is the eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Born in 1977, Peter Phillips holds no royal title or style and is currently 11th in the line of succession to the thrones of 16 realms. After graduating from university in 2000, he worked for Jaguar followed by WilliamsF1. In 2003, while working for WilliamsF1 in Canada, he met Autumn Kelly, whom he married in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in 2008. Phillips keeps a low public profile, carrying out no royal duties, and currently works for the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Early lifeEdit

Peter Phillips was born at 10:46 am on 15 November 1977 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington in west London. He was the first child of Mark Phillips and The Princess Anne, who had married in 1973. His parents were said to have refused offers from The Queen that would have led to his being born in the peerage. Phillips was therefore the first legitimate grandchild of a monarch to be born without a title or courtesy style for more than 500 years. Before him the last grandchildren born without any title or style were the children of Cecily of York, the daughter of Edward IV. At birth he was fifth in line to the Throne, and remained so until Prince William's birth in 1982. At the time of his birth, there was a 41-gun salute from the Tower of London. He was baptised Peter Mark Andrew Phillips on 22 December 1977 by the then Archbishop of Canterbury Donald Coggan in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace.

His godparents were his uncle, The Prince of Wales, the Rt. Rev'd. Geoffrey Tiarks, Captain Hamish Lochare, Lady Cecil Cameron of Lochiel and Mrs Timothy Holderness-Roddam. Princess Anne and Captain Phillips (who also had a daughter, Zara, in 1981) tried to ensure that their children were kept out of the limelight.

Phillips has two half-sisters, Felicity Tonkin (born 1985), the daughter of Mark Phillips and his former mistress Heather Tonkin, and Stephanie Phillips (born 1997), the daughter of his father's second marriage to Sandy Pflueger.

EducationEdit

Peter Phillips went to Port Regis Prep School in Shaftesbury, Dorset before following other members of the Royal Family by attending Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland, where he was Head Boy. Then he went to the University of Exeter and graduated with a degree in sports science. A keen sportsman, Phillips played rugby for the Scottish Schools team. At university, he played for the Exeter University Rugby League team.

CareerEdit

After his graduation in 2000, Phillips worked for Jaguar as corporate hospitality manager and then for WilliamsF1 racing team, where he was sponsorship accounts manager. In 2004 while working for WilliamsF1, Phillips was in a van in China with three other employees when the van was hit by a car. Phillips was uninjured. He left WilliamsF1 in September 2005 and since then has worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Personal lifeEdit

Unlike his sister's, Peter Phillips' personal life is rarely publicised. He dated Elizabeth Iorio, an American cod liver oil heiress, for two years and in 2001 they lived together for eight months. Later, he had a four-month relationship with Tara Swain, an air stewardess.

Following the death of his aunt Diana, Princess of Wales, Peter Phillips was known to be very supportive of his cousin Prince William.

MarriageEdit

See Wedding of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly

In 2003, Phillips met Autumn Kelly, a Canadian management consultant, at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Their engagement was announced on 28 July 2007.

The Queen gave her consent to the marriage in a meeting of her British privy council on 9 April 2008.

Before her marriage, Autumn Kelly converted from Roman Catholicism to Anglicanism. If she had been Roman Catholic at the time of the marriage, her husband would have lost his place in the line of the succession to the thrones because of the terms of the constitutions of each of the Commonwealth realms, namely the Act of Settlement 1701. Shortly before their wedding, the couple caused some reported unease in royal circles when they were interviewed and photographed by Hello! magazine, and were reported to have been paid £500,000. They married on 17 May 2008 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. The service was conducted by David Conner, the Dean of Windsor.

The Phillipses lived in Hong Kong after Peter moved jobs within the Royal Bank of Scotland to head their sponsorships activities in the region. They now live in London where Peter continues to work for the bank.

ChildrenEdit

Their first child, and the Queen's first great-grandchild, a daughter named Savannah, was born on 29 December 2010 at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. On Saturday, 23 April, Queen Elizabeth II was present for Savannah Phillips's baptism which took place at Holy Cross Church in Avening, Gloucestershire, near the Princess Royal's home, Gatcombe Park.

It was announced in October 2011, that the couple are expecting their second child in March of 2012.

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