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Autumn Phillips, wife of Peter Phillips

photo: Zimbio

photo: Zimbio

Autumn Phillips

Autumn Phillips is the wife of Peter Phillips, son of The Princess Royal, and eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth II. She was born Autumn Patricia Kelly in Montreal, Quebec, on May 3, 1978, to Brian Kelly and Katherine “Kitty” McCarthy. She has a twin brother, Christopher, an elder brother, Kevin, and two younger half-siblings, Jessica and Patrick.

Raised in the suburbs of Montreal, she attended a Roman Catholic primary school, and then St Thomas High School in Pointe-Claire. She then attended McGill University, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelors Degree in East Asian studies. Following university, she began working as a management consultant.

In 2003, she met her future husband at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Soon after, she reloacted to the UK, working for an American computer firm in England. She and Peter lived together at his apartment in Kensington, and a cotttage on his mother’s Gatcombe Park estate. Autumn later worked as a personal assistant to Sir Michael Parkinson.

The couple’s engagement was announced in July 2007. Autumn converted from Roman Catholicism to The Church of England, thereby avoiding her husband losing his place in the line of succession to the British throne. The wedding took place on May 17, 2008 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, with a reception held at Frogmore House. The couple lived in Hong Kong for several years, but returned to England in 2010, just before the birth of their first child.

Autumn and Peter have two daughters, both born at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. They are the eldest great-grandchildren of The Queen.

Savannah Ann Kathleen Phillips (2010)
Isla Elizabeth Phillips (2012)

photo: Getty Images

photo: Getty Images

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October 30: Today in Royal History

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Queen of Württemberg, Photo Credit – Wikipedia

October 30, 1485 – Coronation of King Henry VII of England
Henry’s wife Elizabeth of York was crowned on November 24, 1487.
Wikipedia: Henry VII of England

October 30, 1611 – Death of King Charles IX of Sweden at Nyköping Castle in Sweden; buried at Strängnäs Cathedral in Sweden
Wikipedia: Charles IX of Sweden

October 30, 1668 – Birth of Duchess Sophia Charlotte of Hanover, wife of King Frederick I of Prussia, at Schloss Iburg in Osnabrück, Hanover (Germany)
Wikipedia: Sophia Charlotte of Hanover

October 30, 1724 – Death of Marie of Lorraine, wife of Prince Antonio I of Monaco, at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco; buried at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco
Wikipedia: Marie of Lorraine, Princess of Monaco

October 30, 1816 – Death of King Frederick I of Württemberg; buried at the Palace Chapel in Ludwigsburg Palace in Stuttgart (Germany)
Wikipedia: Frederick I of Württemberg

October 30, 1889 – Wedding of Albert I, Prince of Monaco and Alice Heine in Paris, France
Wikipedia: Albert I, Prince of Monaco
Wikipedia: Alice Heine

October 30, 1892 – Death of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, wife of King Charles I of Württemberg, at Friedrichshafen, Württemberg; buried at the Old Castle in Stuttgart (Germany)
Wikipedia: Olga Nikolaevna of Russia

Royal News: Wednesday 29 October 2014

Belgium
Getty Images: Nieuwpoort Commemorates WWI Centenary

Japan
Hello: Crown Princess Masako of Japan to attend first palace banquet in 11 years
Wall Street Journal: Crown Princess to Attend State Banquet for First Time in 11 Years

Monaco
artlyst: Prince Albert Inaugurates Francis Bacon Foundation In Monaco

Norway
Norway Today: King and Queen invited enthusiasts to tea

Serbia
Royal Family of Serbia: HRH Crown Princess Katherine interview with MSN in New York

Spain
Getty Images: Spanish Royals Visit the Aereal Service of the Civil Guards
Hello: Queen Letizia of Spain dazzles in blue as she supports King Felipe at awards ceremony

Sweden
Hello: Princess Madeleine shares adorable photo of her ‘sweet pumpkin’ Leonore ahead of Halloween

United Arab Emirates
Daily Mail: Sheik Mohammed snaps up promising colt Belardo for the blue silks of Godolphin

United Kingdom
BBC: Tom Parker Bowles on coping with criticism of family
Daily Mail: Prince Philip is seen with a hearing aid for the first time as he and the Queen meet hero Victoria Cross veterans in London
Daily Mail: A right royal day out! Family suddenly surrounded by protection officers during half-term mishap – but make up for it with close encounter with Kate and Prince George
Daily Mail: Harry’s hero: Prince tells double-amputee Royal Marine to have a ‘well-deserved beer’… after surprising him as he completed a poppy shaped 31-MILE charity run
Daily Mail: How my mother regrets sending me to boarding school at the age of seven, by the Duchess of Cornwall’s son Tom Parker Bowles
Daily Mail: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Now Andy is flying the flag over China
Daily Mail: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Emanuel begs Princes to display her Diana dress
Express: Duke of Edinburgh spotted using hearing aid in public for first time
Express: Camilla’s son Tom Parker Bowles reveals mother’s regret at sending him to boarding school
Express: William and Kate ‘to have’ Christmas lunch AWAY from £4.5m refurbished Anmer Hall
Getty Images: The Queen And Duke Of Edinburgh Host Reception For The Victoria Cross And George Cross Association
Mirror: Pints of Wales: Harry tells injured Royal Marine to have well-deserved beer
Mirror: Hear to the throne: Prince Philip now wears two hearing aids
Mirror: Queen barely offers Windsor Castle workers MINIMA’AM wage with pay £1 below living wage
Prince of Wales: The Prince of Wales attends a concert by Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra
Prince of Wales: The Prince of Wales hosts an afternoon tea reception for Victoria Cross and George Cross holders
Telegraph: Duke of Edinburgh seen wearing hearing aids for first time

Peter Phillips, son of The Princess Royal

photo: The Times/Getty Images

photo: The Times/Getty Images

Peter Phillips, son of The Princess Royal

Peter Phillips is the eldest child of The Princess Royal, and the eldest grandchild of The Queen. Although he does not hold any royal titles, he is still very much a part of the British Royal Family.

Peter with his sister Zara, 1982. photo: Parent Dish/PA

Peter with his sister Zara, 1982. photo: Parent Dish/PA

Peter Mark Andrew Phillips was born on November 15, 1977 at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London. He is the first child of Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, and Captain Mark Phillips. He is also the first grandchild of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. At the time of his parents’ marriage, it is believed that his father was offered a peerage but declined. Therefore, Peter and his younger sister Zara do not have any titles or styles.

He was christened in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace on December 22, 1977, by the Archbishop of Canterbury.  His godparents are:

Peter attended Port Regis Prep School in Dorset and then, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and uncles, attended Gordonstoun School in Scotland. He then enrolled at the University of Exeter, graduating in 2000 with a degree in sports science.

An avid sportsman, his career has been spent working in the area of sport, and sporting events. After two years as an account manager for Jaguar, and another two years with WilliamsF1, Peter took a job as Head of Global Sponsorships, Global Banking and Markets, for the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2005. In 2012, he left RBS to become Managing Director of SEL UK. He is also involved, along with his father, in coordinating the annual Festival of British Eventing, held each year at Gatcombe Park, his mother’s estate in Gloucestershire.

photo: Hello!

photo: Hello!

In 2003, at the Canadian Grand Prix, in Montreal, he met his future wife, Autumn Kelly. She soon moved to the UK and the couple lived together at his apartment in Kensington, and a cottage on his mother’s Gatcombe Park estate. Their engagement was announced on July 28, 2007. They married on May 17, 2008 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. A reception followed at Frogmore House. He was the first of The Queen’s grandchildren to marry. The couple caused some controversy when they were allegedly paid £500,000 by Hello! magazine for an interview and wedding photos. The couple resided in Hong Kong, where Peter was working at the time for RBS, before returning to England in 2010.

Peter and Autumn have two daughters, both born at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. They are the first two great-children of The Queen, and both have dual citizenship, making them the first Canadians in the line of succession for the British throne.

  • Savannah Anna Kathleen Phillips (2010)
  • Isla Elizabeth Phillips (2012)

In most recent news, Peter has joined with business leaders and diplomats from around the world in the establishment of the ‘China Jockey Club’ – an organization designed to foster the promotion of horse racing in China.

Peter with his daughters, 2013. photo: Hello!/Rex

Peter with his daughters, 2013. photo: Hello!/Rex

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October 29: Today in Royal History

Princess Marie of Edinburgh, Queen of Romania; Photo Credit – National Portrait Gallery

October 29, 1816 – Birth of Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, co-ruler and husband of Queen Maria II of Portugal, in Vienna, Austria
Ferdinand was first cousin of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Wikipedia: Ferdinand II of Portugal

October 29, 1875 – Birth of Princess Marie of Edinburgh, daughter of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh; granddaughter of Queen Victoria; and wife of King Ferdinand I of Romania, at Eastwell Park, Kent, England
Full name: Marie Alexandra Victoria
Wikipedia: Marie of Romania

October 29, 1900 – Death of Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein, son of Princess Helena of the United Kingdom and grandson of Queen Victoria, at Pretoria, South Africa during the Boer War; buried in the Pretoria Cemetery, South Africa
Wikipedia: Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein

October 29, 1950 – Death of King Gustav V of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace; buried at Riddarholmen Church in Stockholm, Sweden
Wikipedia: Gustav V of Sweden

October 29, 1998 – Birth of Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece, son of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, in New York City
Wikipedia: Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece

October 29, 2004 – Death of Princess Alice, Dowager Duchess of Gloucester at Kensington Palace in London, England; buried at Frogmore, Windsor
Alice was the widow of King George V’s son Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, aunt of Queen Elizabeth II and mother of Prince Richard, the current Duke of Gloucester.  She was 102 and was the longest lived member of the British Royal Family.
Wikipedia: Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester
BBC: Princess Alice dies at 102

The Children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex

The Earl and Countess of Wessex with their children, March 2014. photo: Zimbio

The Earl and Countess of Wessex with their children, March 2014. photo: Zimbio

The Children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex

The Earl and Countess of Wessex (Prince Edward and the former Sophie Rhys-Jones) have two children – Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn. At the time of this writing, they are 9th (Viscount Severn) and 10th (Lady Louise) in the line of succession to the British throne.

Their titles and styles are often disputed. Under the terms of King George V’s Letters Patent of 1917, as grandchildren of the sovereign in the male line, they are Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom, with the style of Royal Highness. However, at the time of Edward and Sophie’s marriage, a press release was issued from Buckingham Palace. Along with announcing Prince Edward’s new title as Earl of Wessex, it stated that The Queen, with the agreement of Edward and Sophie, had decided that any children born to them should not be given the style of Royal Highness, but instead be given courtesy titles as children of an Earl. As they would already be well down the line of succession (Prince Edward was 7th in line at the time of his marriage), it is believed that this was done to alleviate some of the ‘burdens’ associated with having a royal title, and to allow them somewhat more of a normal life. However, many argue that the press release does not supercede the terms of the 1917 LPs, and that Louise and James are, in fact, Prince and Princess. Lady Louise and Viscount Severn live with their parents at Bagshot Park, in Surrey.

Lady Louise Windsor

Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor was born on November 8, 2003 at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey. She was born prematurely, and delivered by emergency cesarean section, after The Countess of Wessex suffered placental abruption, which caused significant blood loss to both mother and child.

She was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 24, 2004, by the Dean of Windsor. She wore a christening gown which was first made for the christening of Queen Victoria’s eldest child in 1840. It has since been worn at almost all royal christenings since. However, due its age and delicate condition, this would be the last time the gown is used. Lady Louise’s godparents are:

  • Lady Alexandra Etherington, Prince Edward’s third cousin, daughter of the Duke of Fife
  • Lady Sarah Chatto, Prince Edward’s first cousin, daughter of The Princess Margaret
  • Lord Ivar Mountbatten, Prince Edward’s second cousin, son of the Marquess of Milford-Haven
  • Rupert Elliott, a friend of Prince Edward from Cambridge University
  • Francesca Schwarzenbach, a friend of Edward and Sophie

Lady Louise was born with esotropia, a condition which causes one or both eyes to turn inwards. She underwent a minor operation in 2006, and is believed to have undergone a second operation in 2013. From recent photos, it appears that the condition has been corrected. She attends St George’s School, near her grandmother’s home at Windsor Castle.

Lady Louise with her cousin, Prince Harry, at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. photo: Daily Mail/PA

Lady Louise with her cousin, Prince Harry, at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. photo: Daily Mail/PA

She made her first big appearance on the royal stage in 2011, serving as a flower girl at the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. She is also seen some some larger events, such as the annual Trooping the Colour ceremonies.

Lady Louise with her mother at the Windsor Horse Show, May 2013. photo: Zimbio

Lady Louise with her mother at the Windsor Horse Show, May 2013. photo: Zimbio

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photo: Getty Images

photo: Getty Images

James, Viscount Severn

James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor was born on December 17, 2007 at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey. He is the second child of the Earl and Countess of Wessex. As the eldest son of an Earl, he uses his father’s subsidiary title, Viscount Severn. He is currently 9th in the line of succession to the British throne.

Like his sister before him, James was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle by the Dean of Windsor on April 19, 2008. He was the first be christening wearing a new replica of the original christening gown worn by several generations of royal babies since 1840. His godparents are:

  • Denise Poulton, a friend of Sophie’s and trustee of the Wessex Youth Trust
  • Jeanye Erwin, Sophie’s former flat-mate
  • Alastair Bruce, 5th Baron Abderdare
  • Duncan Bullivant
  • Tom Hill

Not yet even seven years old, Viscount Severn is not seen as regularly at official events. He has, however, joined his parents on the balcony following the Trooping the Colour ceremonies for the last several years, and is often photographed with the family at more informal events, such as the Windsor Horse Show, and while attending church on the Sandringham Estate.

Viscount Severn with his mother at the Commonwealth Games, July 2014. photo: Zimbio

Viscount Severn with his mother at the Commonwealth Games, July 2014. photo: Zimbio

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October 28: Today in Royal History

Tomb of Queen Margaret I of Denmark, Photo Credit – Susan Flantzer

October 28, 1412 – Death of Queen Margaret I of Denmark on a ship in Flensburg Fjord; buried at Roskilde Cathedral in Roskilde, Denmark
Wikipedia: Margaret I of Denmark

October 28, 1667 – Birth of Maria Anna of Neuburg, second wife of King Charles II of Spain, at the Benrath Palace in Düsseldorf (Germany)
Wikipedia: Maria Anna of Neuberg

October 28, 1708 – Death of Prince George of Denmark, husband of Queen Anne at Kensington Palace in London, England; buried in Westminster Abbey
Wikipedia: Prince George of Denmark

October 28, 1740 – Death of Empress Anna of Russia; buried at the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia
Wikipedia: Anna of Russia

October 28, 1767 – Birth of Marie Sophie of Hesse-Kassel, wife of King Frederick VI of Denmark, in Hanau (Germany)
Wikipedia: Marie Sophie of Hesse-Kassel

October 28, 1893 – Birth of Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, husband of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, in Schwarzau am Steinfeld, Austria
Wikipedia: Felix of Bourbon-Parma

October 28, 1917 – Death of Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, husband of Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, at Schomberg House, Pall Mall in London, Englans; buried at Frogmore, Windsor
Wikipedia: Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein

October 28, 1964 – Birth of Julia Caroline Rawlinson, wife of James Ogilvy and daughter-in-law of Princess Alexandra, in Cambridge, England
Wikipedia: Julia Ogilvy

October 28, 1967 – Birth of Princess Sophie of Bavaria, wife of Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, in Munich, Germany
Sophie will likely become the Jacobite heir to the British throne after the death of her childless uncle and her father.
Wikipedia: Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein

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Royal News: Monday 27 October 2014

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