Autumn Patricia Phillips (née Kelly, 3 May 1978) is the wife of Peter Phillips, who is the son of Anne, Princess Royal, and Captain Mark Phillips, and the oldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
After graduating from McGill University in 2002, Kelly met Peter Phillips in her birthplace and hometown of Montreal, Quebec; their engagement was announced in July 2007, and they married in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, on 17 May 2008. They have two daughters named Savannah and Isla. The family lives in London.
Autumn, her twin brother Chris, and her older brother Kevin were born in Montreal, Quebec, to Brian Kelly, an electricity company executive, and his wife Kitty (née McCarthy).She was baptised on 18 June 1978, at Saint John Fisher Parish Church, and raised in Cedar Park, Pointe-Claire, in the English speaking West Island region of Montreal. Her parents divorced when Autumn was eight years old, after which her mother married commercial pilot Ron Magas, and her father married a woman named Lynne with whom he has two children, Jessica and Patrick. Autumn's family continued to live in the Pointe-Claire area, where she attended a Roman Catholic primary school, and then the St. Thomas High School, alongside friend and actress Casey McKinnon, and where Autumn excelled at sports.Autumn then attended McGill University, during which time she worked as a bartender, model, and actress, appearing in the 1996 film Rainbow, taking the non-speaking, though credited, role of Tigrette Number 3, and later in the television series Sirens. Autumn graduated from McGill in 2002, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian studies, whereupon she started a career as a management consultant.
Autumn attended the 2003 Canadian Grand Prix, where she met Peter Phillips – who was, at the time, working for WilliamsF1 – though she did not know until six weeks later, when she saw him on television, that he was Queen Elizabeth II's grandson. She then moved to the United Kingdom, living with Phillips in a Kensington, London, apartment and a cottage on the Gatcombe Park estate, and, though before meeting Phillips she had accepted a job with an American computer firm in England, Autumn later worked as a personal assistant to broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson, while also attending royal events, such as the dinner party at the Ritz Hotel for the Queen's 80th birthday.
Autumn's engagement to Peter Phillips was announced by Buckingham Palace on 28 July 2007, and the Queen subsequently gave her consent to the union in a meeting of her British Privy Council on 9 April of the following year.Prior to the marriage, Autumn converted from Roman Catholicism to Anglicanism; had she remained Catholic after her marriage, her husband would have lost his place in the line of succession to the throne, per the provisions of the Act of Settlement 1701. This scenario drew attention to the Act of Settlement's bar on Catholics ascending to the throne, and prompted calls in both Canada and the United Kingdom for the respective prime ministers to address the issue. Some reported unease was also caused in royal circles when Autumn and Phillips were interviewed and photographed by Hello! magazine, for an apparent fee of £500,000.
The couple married on 17 May 2008, at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, the service conducted by David Conner, Dean of Windsor, and Autumn's dress designed by Sassi Holford. Her six bridesmaids included Zara Phillips, her husband's sister. The couple have recently returned to London after living in Hong Kong, where he has a job with the Royal Bank of Scotland, heading their sports sponsorship activities in the region. Their first child, and the Queen's first great-grandchild, Savannah Anne Kathleen Phillips, was born on 29 December 2010 at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. With dual citizenship, this child is the first Canadian citizen to be so close to the Commonwealth realms thrones. On Saturday, April 23, the baptism of Savannah took place at Holy Cross Church in Avening, Gloucestershire, near the Princess Royal's home, Gatcombe Park. Autumn and Peter announced in October 2011, that the couple were expecting their second child. On 29 March 2012, Autumn gave birth to another girl, Isla Elizabeth Phillips, weighing 7lbs 4oz. Isla is 13th in line for the throne. On Sunday, 1st July 2012, the christening of Isla took place at St. Nicholas' Church in Gloucestershire.
|Savannah Phillips||29 December 2010|
|Isla Phillips||29 March 2012|