Peter Phillips

Peter Phillips

Infobox British Royalty|relative
name =Peter Phillips
full name =Peter Mark Andrew Phillips
father =Captain Mark Phillips
mother =Anne, Princess Royal
date of birth =Birth date and age|1977|11|15|df=yes
place of birth =St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London
date of christening =22 December 1977
place of christening =Buckingham Palace, London
spouse =Autumn Phillips (2008–)
issue =|

Peter Mark Andrew Phillips (born 15 November 1977) is the only son of The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. He is the eldest grandson and first 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 eleventh in the line of succession to the British Throne. After graduating from university in 2000, he worked for Jaguar followed by WilliamsF1. While working for WilliamsF1 in Canada in 2003, 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 in Hong Kong.

Early life

Peter Phillips was born at 10:46am 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.cite news|url=|title=1977: Princess Anne gives birth to Master Phillips|first=|last=|publisher=BBC|date=2007] 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 a commoner, having not even a courtesy style, for more than 500 years, before him the last before commoners 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.cite news|url=|title=The Princess Royal: Marriage and Family|first=|last=||date=] 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.cite news|url=|title=Buckingham Palace Press Release|first=|last=||date=8 April 2004] Princess Anne and Captain Phillips, who had a daughter Zara in 1981, tried to ensure that their children were kept out of the limelight.cite news|url=|title=CBS News Profile|first=|last=|publisher=CBS|date=] 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.

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.cite news|url=|title=Profile - Peter Phillips|first=|last=|publisher=Hello!|date=2001-07] cite news|url=|title=Peter Phillips|first=|last=|] |date=] Then he went to the University of Exeter and graduated with a degree in sports science.cite news|url=|title=Princess Anne's son set to marry|first=|last=|publisher=BBC|date=28 July 2007] A keen sportsman, Phillips played rugby for the Scottish Schools team.

Following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, Peter Phillips was known to be very supportive of his cousin Prince William.cite news|url=|title=Publicity-shy Peter to be Queen's first grandchild to wed|first=|last=|publisher=The Daily Telegraph|date=30 July 2007]

Post-university life

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.cite news|url=|title=Peter Phillips Profile|first=|last=|publisher=Royal Jubbly|date=] 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.cite news|url=|title=Queen's grandson in car accident|first=|last=|publisher=BBC|date=26 September 2004] He left WilliamsF1 in September 2005 and since then has worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Unlike his sister, 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. [cite news|url=|title=So who should William woo?|first=|last=|publisher=The Scotsman|date=7 May 2003]

Relationship with 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 Privy Council on 9 April 2008.cite web|url=|title=Consent to marriage of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly|accessdate=2008-05-05|author=|last=|first=|year=2008|format=|work=|publisher=London Gazette] Phillips is the first of the Queen's grandchildren to marry.

Before her marriage, Autumn Kelly converted from Catholicism to Anglicanism. If she had remained Catholic after her marriage, her husband would have lost his place in the line of the succession to the Throne, due to the Act of Settlement 1701.cite news|url=|title=A royal marriage dilemma - Phillips may renounce succession|first=Jonathan|last=Price|publisher=The Daily Telegraph|date=3 August 2007] cite news|url='s-fiancée-Autumn-Kelly-converts-to-save-succession.html|title=Peter's fiancée converts to save succession|first=Andrew|last=Pierce|publisher=The Daily Telegraph|date=1 May 2008] 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.cite news|url=|title=Autumn Kelly, Peter Phillip's fiance|first=Andrew|last=Pierce|publisher=The Daily Telegraph|date=2008-05-17] cite news|url=|title=Royal marries in Windsor wedding|first=|last=|publisher=BBC|date=17 May 2008] 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.cite news|url=|title=Queen will meet Prince Harry's girlfriend Chelsy Davy at Peter Phillips wedding|first=Andrew|last=Pierce|publisher=BBC|date=17 May 2008]

Since August 2008, the Phillips have lived in Hong Kong after Peter moved jobs within the Royal Bank of Scotland to head their sponsorships activies in the region.cite news|url=|title=Phillips to lead RBS regional sponsorship|first=Arun|last=Sudhaman||date=20 August 2008]


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1= 1. Peter Mark Andrew Phillips
2= 2. Mark Phillips
3= 3. Anne, Princess Royal
4= 4. Peter William Garside Phillips
5= 5. Anne Patricia Tiarks
6= 6. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark
7= 7. Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
8= 8. Joseph Herbert Phillips
9= 9. Dorothea Mary Land
10= 10. John Gerhard Edward Tiarks
11= 11. Evelyn Florence Cripps
12= 12. Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark
13= 13. Princess Alice of Battenberg
14= 14. George VI of the United Kingdom
15= 15. Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
16= 16. William Garside Phillips
17= 17. Emma Grundy
18= 18. William Henry Land
19= 19. Kate Eliza Moore
20= 20. John Gerhard Tiarks
21= 21. Ada Constance Helen Harington
22= 22. Percy Roland Cripps
23= 23. Mary Howard Tripp
24= 24. George I of Greece
25= 25. Olga Konstantinovna of Russia
26= 26. Louis Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven
27= 27. Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine
28= 28. George V of the United Kingdom
29= 29. Mary of Teck
30= 30. Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
31= 31. Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck


NAME = Phillips, Peter Mark Andrew
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Only son of The Princess Anne, The Princess Royal and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. UK Royal; 11th in succession to the throne.
DATE OF BIRTH = 1977-11-15
PLACE OF BIRTH = St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London

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