While some members of the royal family (the Queen, Princes William, Harry, and Charles) are rarely out of the public eye, others, like Princess Anne's son Peter Philips live a bit more under the radar. Here's everything you need to know about the Queen's oldest grandchild.
Peter Phillips is Queen Elizabeth's oldest grandchild, and Princess Anne's only son.
The Queen's first grandchild was born to Princess Anne and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips on November 15, 1977 at St. Mary's Hospital. Since hereditary titles are passed down through the male line and Captain Phillips does not have a royal title, Peter did not inherit a royal title at birth. According to the BBC, Peter's parents "are said to have rejected an offer from the Queen of titles which would have enabled their children to be born into the peerage." They reportedly thought it would help their child to lead a more normal life.
His sister Zara Phillips Tindall was born just a few years later in May of 1981. He also has two half sisters, Stephanie Phillips and Felicity Tonkin.
He is currently 15th in line to the throne.
At the time of his birth, Peter Phillips was 5th in the order of succession, but as the Queen's younger sons, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew had children, the rules of primogeniture called for those heirs and their descendants to bump Princess Anne's children down the line.
That won't happen to Princess Charlotte and her future children. Thanks to the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, Charlotte will keep her place in the line to the throne regardless of whether her parents have any additional male heirs; however the law was not applied retroactively.
In 2008, Peter married Canadian Autumn Kelly at Windsor Castle.
They have two children together, Savannah and Isla, who were both bridesmaids in Eugenie's wedding. But in February of 2020, rumors of a split between Autumn and Peter circulated. Buckingham Palace declined to comment, and it has yet to be confirmed by either party.
Peter has been called the Queen's "favourite grandson."
In 2016, the Telegraph described him as such. Phillips spoke to the paper about his relationship with the Queen. "I’ve always been very close to my grandmother, and we speak often. She has been an inspirational person throughout my life," he said.
Over the course of his career, Peter Phillips has had multiple jobs.
Peter is not what's known as a "working royal." He's held positions at Jaguar, Williams F1 racing team, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and most recently SEL UK. According to Debrett's, since 2012, he has "had his own sports management company."
You Might Also Like