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10 facts about Peter Phillips


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Today marks the 43rd birthday of Peter Phillips. Read on to learn more about the oldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. 

  • Peter Mark Andrew Phillips was born on November 15, 1977, at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. He was the first child of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips. He was the first royal baby to be born at a hospital, rather than in a palace.
  • When his parents married, his father refused a title which meant that he and his sister, Zara, would not have courtesy titles. Due to this, he is simply known as Peter Phillips.
  • He was the first grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Through his mother’s royal connection, he is also the great-grandchild of King George VI and the Queen Mother, as well as the great-great-grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary.
  • Peter was educated at Port Regis Prep School in Shaftesbury, Dorset, before he followed his grandfather and uncles to Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland. 
  • Following this, Peter spent his gap year in Sydney, Australia. He then went on to study sports science at the University of Exeter, graduating in 2000.
  • While working in Canada, he met Autumn Kelly. The couple fell in love and were married at St George’s Chapel, Windsor on May 17, 2008.
  • The couple’s first child, Savannah Anne Kathleen Phillips, was born on December 29, 2010 at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. She was the first grandchild for Princess Anne, the Princess Royal and the first great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.
  • Their second daughter, Isla Elizabeth Phillips, was born on March 29, 2012, at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. She is currently 17th in line to the throne and lives with her parents and sister at their home on the Gatcombe Estate in Gloucestershire.
  • On February 11, 2020, he and his wife Autumn announced they had separated in 2019 and that they would be divorcing. The couple will both remain living on the Gatcombe Park Estate in Gloucestershire to raise their daughters.
  • At the time of his birth, he was fifth in line to the throne. As of November 2020, he is 15th in the order of succession.