Peter Phillips

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Peter Phillips
Born (1977-11-15) 15 November 1977 (age 41)
London, England
Alma materUniversity of Exeter
Autumn Kelly (m. 2008)

Peter Mark Andrew Phillips (born 15 November 1977) is a relative of the British royal family. He is the elder child and only son of Anne, Princess Royal, and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. He is the eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 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. For many years Phillips has worked in the sports sponsorship and management fields. He is currently 15th in line of succession to the British throne.

Early life and education[edit]

Peter Phillips was born at 10:46 am on 15 November 1977, in the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, London.[1][2] He was the first child of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, who had married in 1973.[2] At the time of his birth, there was a 41-gun salute from the Tower of London.[2] 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.[3][5]

Phillips was fifth in line to the throne at birth and remained so until the birth of his cousin, Prince William, in 1982. His parents were said to have refused offers from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, 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 title for more than 500 years.[2][6] Phillips has a younger sister, Zara Tindall (née Phillips; born 1981) and two younger 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.

Phillips went to Port Regis Prep School in Shaftesbury, Dorset before following his maternal family by attending Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland. Whilst at Gordonstoun, he was chosen to be head boy[7][8] and also played in the XV.[9] During his gap year, he went to Sydney, Australia and worked for Sports Entertainment Limited (SEL), a company he would later return to; he also worked for Jackie Stewart's Formula One racing team during that time.[10]

He then went to the University of Exeter and graduated with a degree in sports science.[9] At university, he played for the Exeter University Rugby league team.


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.[7][9][11] 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.[12] He left WilliamsF1 in September 2005, for a job as a manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh.[9] In March 2012, he left RBS to take on a role as managing director at SEL UK.[13]

Unlike his sister's personal life, Phillips' personal life receives only limited publicity.[7] He dated Elizabeth Lorio, a cod liver oil heiress from the United States, for two years; in 2001 they lived together for eight months.[14] Later, he had a four-month relationship with Tara Swain, a flight attendant.[15]

In August 2012, it was announced that he would be the Guest of Honour at the 2012 Rugby league Challenge Cup Final between Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos at Wembley on 24 August 2012.[16]

In the year leading up to June 2016 Phillips was responsible for organising the "Patron's Lunch", in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday and involving a parade down The Mall and a hamper picnic for 10,000 guests.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Phillips in 2012 with his mother

In 2003, Phillips met Autumn Kelly, a Canadian management consultant, at the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.[7] Their engagement was announced on 28 July 2007.[9][14][19]

Autumn Kelly, who was raised in the Roman Catholic Church, was received into the Church of England before her marriage. If she had been Roman Catholic at the time of the marriage, Phillips would have lost his place in the line of the succession to the throne because of the terms of the Act of Settlement 1701.[20][21][22][23] 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.[24][25][26] They married on 17 May 2008 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.[26][27] The service was conducted by David Conner, the Dean of Windsor.[28] The couple lived in Hong Kong after Phillips moved positions within the Royal Bank of Scotland to head their sponsorships activities in the region.

Their first child, and the Queen's first great-grandchild, a daughter named Savannah Anne Kathleen,[29] was born on 29 December 2010 at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.[30][31] On Saturday, 23 April, the Queen was present for the baby's baptism, which took place at Holy Cross Church in Avening, Gloucestershire, near Gatcombe Park, the home of his mother. Savannah is 16th in line to the throne.[32] On 29 March 2012, the couple's second daughter, Isla Elizabeth, was born at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. She is 17th in line to the throne.[33] Isla was baptized on Saturday, 30 June 2012, at St. Nicholas' Church in Cherington, Gloucestershire.




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  2. ^ a b c d "1977: Princess Anne gives birth to Master Phillips". BBC. 15 November 1977.
  3. ^ "The Princess Royal: Marriage and Family". Archived from the original on 30 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Buckingham Palace Press Release". 8 April 2004. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013.
  5. ^ His godparents were his uncle, the Prince of Wales, the Rt. Rev'd. Geoffrey Tiarks, Captain Hamish Lochore, Lady Cecil Cameron of Lochiel and Jane Holderness-Roddam.[4]
  6. ^ Before him the last grandchildren born without any title or style were the children of Cecily of York, the daughter of King Edward IV of England.
  7. ^ a b c d "Profile – Peter Phillips". Hello!. July 2001.
  8. ^ "Peter Phillips". English Monarchs.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Princess Anne's son set to marry". BBC. 28 July 2007.
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  15. ^ "So who should William woo?". The Scotsman. UK. 7 May 2003. Archived from the original on 17 September 2007.
  16. ^ "Cup to get Royal seal of approval". The RFL. UK. 20 August 2012.
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  18. ^ "No. 58674". The London Gazette. 21 April 2008. pp. 6077–6078.
  19. ^ As required by the Royal Marriages Act 1772, wherein descendants of George II have to seek permission from the sovereign to marry, The Queen gave her consent to the marriage in a meeting of her Privy Council on 9 April 2008.[18]
  20. ^ However with the 2015 amendment of the Act due to the Perth Agreement he would have regained his place
  21. ^ Price, Jonathan (3 August 2007). "A royal marriage dilemma – Phillips may renounce succession". The Daily Telegraph. UK.
  22. ^ Pierce, Andrew (1 May 2008). "Peter's fiancée converts to save succession". The Daily Telegraph. UK.
  23. ^ "Royal fiancee changes her faith". BBC News. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  24. ^ Pierce, Andrew (22 May 2008). "Queen halts celebrity magazine deals after Peter Phillips - Autumn Kelly Hello! wedding". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  25. ^ Pierce, Andrew (17 May 2008). "Autumn Kelly, Peter Phillip's fiance". The Daily Telegraph. UK.
  26. ^ a b "Royal marries in Windsor wedding". BBC. 17 May 2008.
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  30. ^ "Mrs Peter Phillips has given birth to a baby girl, 30 December 2010". Royal. 30 December 2010. Archived from the original on 30 December 2010.
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  33. ^ "Queen a great-grandmother again". ITV News. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  34. ^ a b "News & Views". The Heraldry Gazette (57): 17. March 1974.
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  36. ^ a b Hughes, David (2007). The British Chronicles, Volume 2. Heritage Books. p. 613. ISBN 978-0-7884-4491-3. Retrieved 24 May 2014.

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Peter Phillips
Born: 15 November 1977
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