Peter Phillips

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Peter Phillips
Born (1977-11-15) 15 November 1977 (age 43)
London, England
Alma materUniversity of Exeter
Spouse(s)
(m. 2008; sep. 2019)
Children2
Parent(s)Mark Phillips
Anne, Princess Royal
Relatives
FamilyHouse of Windsor

Peter Mark Andrew Phillips (born 15 November 1977) is a member 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.

He married Autumn Kelly, a Canadian management consultant, in 2008 in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. They have two children together, and separated in 2019. He is 15th in the 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 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 the first legitimate grandchild of a monarch in more than 500 years to be born without a title or courtesy title.[2][6] Phillips has a younger sister, Zara Tindall (née Phillips; born 1981), and two younger half-sisters, Felicity Wade (née Tonkin; born 1985),[7] the daughter of Mark Phillips and his former mistress Heather Tonkin; and Stephanie Phillips (born 1997), the daughter from his father's second marriage to Sandy Pflueger.

Phillips went to Port Regis Prep School in Shaftesbury, Dorset before following some of his family by attending Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland. Whilst at Gordonstoun, he was chosen to be head boy.[8] 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.[9]

He went to the University of Exeter and graduated with a degree in sports science.[10] He played for the Exeter University rugby league team.

Post-university[edit]

After his graduation in 2000, Phillips worked for Jaguar as corporate hospitality manager and then for Williams racing team, where he was sponsorship accounts manager.[8][10][11] In 2004, while working for Williams, 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 Williams in September 2005, for a job as a manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh.[10] In March 2012, he left RBS to take on a role as managing director at SEL UK.[13]

In August 2012 he was guest of honour at the Rugby league Challenge Cup Final between Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos at Wembley.[14]

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. It included a parade down The Mall and a hamper picnic for 10,000 guests.[15]

In January 2020, Phillips appeared in an advertisement for Chinese company Bright Food. In the video, he uses his status as a "British royal family member" to promote the company's milk, while surrounded by luxury.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Phillips in 2012 with his mother

Phillips dated Elizabeth Lorio, a cod liver oil heiress from the United States, for two years; in 2001 they lived together for eight months.[17] Later, he had a four-month relationship with Tara Swain, a flight attendant.[18]

In 2003, Phillips met Autumn Kelly, a Canadian management consultant, at the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.[8] Their engagement was announced on 28 July 2007.[10][17][20]

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.[21][22][23] Shortly before their wedding, the couple were interviewed and photographed by Hello! magazine, and were reported to have been paid £500,000, resulting in some concern in royal circles.[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 changed positions within the Royal Bank of Scotland and became head of 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][32] On 23 April 2011, the Queen was present for the baby's baptism, which took place at Church of the Holy Cross in Avening, Gloucestershire, near Gatcombe Park, the home of Phillips's mother. Savannah is 16th in line to the throne.[33] 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.[34]

On 11 February 2020, Phillips and his wife confirmed that they had separated in 2019[35][36] and announced they were getting divorced.[37]

Arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Peter Phillips
Coat of Arms of Peter Phillips.png
Notes
These arms were granted to Peter William Garside Phillips, the father of Mark Phillips and grandfather of Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, in October 1973. Mark used these arms differenced with a three-point label, and the younger Peter with a five-point label, until Mark inherited the plain arms in 1998.[38][39]
Crest
On a Wreath of the colours, a spur rowed upward or, winged argent, enclosing a lozenge encharged with a label gules.
Escutcheon
Per chevron azure and Or, in chief a horse courant argent, and in base a spring of forget-me-not flowers, slipped and leaved proper.[38]
Motto
Pro rege et patria (For king and country).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 47380". The London Gazette. 16 November 1977. p. 14415.
  2. ^ a b c d "1977: Princess Anne gives birth to Master Phillips". BBC. 15 November 1977. Archived from the original on 16 April 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2006.
  3. ^ "The Princess Royal: Marriage and Family". royal.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 30 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Buckingham Palace Press Release". royal.gov.uk. 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. ^ "Zara Tindall's 'secret' nephew born in NZ". The New Zealand Herald. 20 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2020. Wade, former Tonkin, is the daughter of Mark Phillips - also father to Queen Elizabeth's grandchildren Zara Tindall and her brother Peter Phillips.
  8. ^ a b c "Profile – Peter Phillips". Hello!. July 2001. Archived from the original on 3 November 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2006.
  9. ^ Knightley, Emma (14 November 2017). Coco, Tatiana (ed.). Peter Phillips: The Life of the First-Born Grandson of Queen Elizabeth II (Kindle). Archived from the original on 9 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
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  14. ^ "Cup to get Royal seal of approval". The RFL. UK. 20 August 2012. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
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  16. ^ Taylor, Rebecca (21 January 2020). "Queen's grandson Peter Phillips flogs royal connections in Chinese milk ad". Sky News. Archived from the original on 21 January 2020. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  17. ^ a b Clout, Laura (30 July 2007). "Publicity-shy Peter to be Queen's first grandchild to wed". The Daily Telegraph. UK. Archived from the original on 23 December 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  18. ^ "So who should William woo?". The Scotsman. UK. 7 May 2003. Archived from the original on 17 September 2007.
  19. ^ "No. 58674". The London Gazette. 21 April 2008. pp. 6077–6078.
  20. ^ As required by the Royal Marriages Act 1772, wherein descendants of George II have to seek permission from the sovereign to marry, Phillips asked for permission, and The Queen gave her consent to the marriage in a meeting of her Privy Council on 9 April 2008.[19]
  21. ^ Price, Jonathan (3 August 2007). "A royal marriage dilemma – Phillips may renounce succession". The Daily Telegraph. UK. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  22. ^ Pierce, Andrew (1 May 2008). "Peter's fiancée converts to save succession". The Daily Telegraph. UK. Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  23. ^ "Royal fiancee changes her faith". BBC News. 1 May 2008. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  24. ^ Pierce, Andrew (22 May 2008). "Queen halts celebrity magazine deals after Peter Phillips - Autumn Kelly Hello! wedding". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 11 December 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  25. ^ Pierce, Andrew (17 May 2008). "Autumn Kelly, Peter Phillip's fiance". The Daily Telegraph. UK. Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  26. ^ a b "Royal marries in Windsor wedding". BBC. 17 May 2008. Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2008.
  27. ^ Daniela, Relph (18 May 2008). "A thoroughly modern royal wedding". BBC News. Archived from the original on 10 December 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  28. ^ Pierce, Andrew (17 May 2008). "Queen will meet Prince Harry's girlfriend Chelsy Davy at Peter Phillips wedding". London: BBC. Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  29. ^ "Who's Who – Members of the Royal Family". Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  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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  35. ^ Ellery, Ben (11 February 2020). "Queen's grandson Peter Phillips 'to split from his wife' after 12 years". The Times. Archived from the original on 12 February 2020. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  36. ^ "Peter Phillips: Queen's grandson and his wife to divorce". BBC News. 11 February 2020. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  37. ^ Clifford, John (11 February 2020). "Queen's grandson and his wife to divorce". BBC News. Archived from the original on 11 February 2020.
  38. ^ a b "News & Views". The Heraldry Gazette (57): 17. March 1974.
  39. ^ Sovereign ER II. London: Collins and Brown. 1992. p. 14. ISBN 1-85585-116-4.

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Peter Phillips
Born: 15 November 1977
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