The Queen’s favourite grandson, Peter Phillips, 42, – the son of Anne, Princess Royal – has split from his wife Autumn Phillips, 41, of 12 years, according to reports. The news of their split is believed to have left the Queen “devastated”. But, before their marriage troubles, they married in a gorgeous ceremony among their family and friends in 2008, Autumn was even permitted to borrow jewellery from the Royal collection.
They married on 17 May 2008 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot 10 years later in 2018.
Peter and Autumn’s wedding was relatively low-key when it comes to royal weddings or affairs, but that didn’t mean Autumn missed out on the glamours that the Royal Family has to offer.
The British Royal Family has an incredible wide array of jewels. Beyond the pieces owned and worn by the reigning Queen, many of the other Windsor women have impressive jewellery collections of their own.
On the big day, Autumn was permitted to wear the Festoon tiara, which she had borrowed from Princess Anne, who was gifted the diamond tiara in 1973 by the Word Wide Shipping Group, a Hong Kong firm, after she christen one of their ships.
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The tiara has a special significance for the Princess Royal as it was gifted to her in the same year that she married her first husband and the father of Peter, Mark Phillips.
Compared to other Royal Family weddings, Peter and Autumn’s nuptials were fairly cheap.
Even Autumn’s bespoke wedding dress by British designer Sassi Holford was cheaper than the average royal wedding gown as it only cost £3,000.
In comparison, Kate Middleton’s wedding gown cost a whopping £250,000 and Meghan Markle’s cost even more at £300,000.
Autumn’s wedding dress, consisted of a fitted bodice made of hand-beaded lace, a silk duchesse skirt and beaded French lace shrug.
“Doing such a gown does kind of encompass all the emotions the bride feels on her day – I was excited, then terribly nervous, then full of joy,” Sassi Holford told Hello! magazine in 2008.
Who was at the wedding?
Three hundred guests – including Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh – attended the nuptials at St George’s Church, with around 70 members of Autumn’s family jetting in from her home country of Canada.
After the wedding at St George’s Chapel – which had been the setting for Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones’ nuptials, as well as Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’ wedding blessing – family gathered for the official portrait at Frogmore House.
“The whole thing was just fantastic from beginning to end,” said Peter of his wonderful wedding day to Hello! magazine at the time. “I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. It’s just one big happy memory.”
But that “happy memory” has since been tarnished with the latest royal heartbreak.
Since news broke that the pair are separating after 12 years together, a source has come forth to shed light on the situation.
The source told the Sun: ”Peter is absolutely devastated by this and just didn’t see it coming.
“He thought he was happily married and had the perfect family with two lovely daughters. But he is now in total shock.”
Peter has two children with Autumn after having wed in 2008, nine-year-old Savannah and seven-year-old Isla Phillips.
The source added: ““Autumn is a wonderful wife and mother and a very intelligent woman but she’s been telling her friends for some time that there were issues.
“She is a favourite of the Queen and I’m sure Her Majesty will be very upset by this as well. It’s the last thing she needs after all her recent troubles and you get the feeling that the royal family is falling apart a little bit.”
It has also been reported that Autumn, a management consultant, is thought to want to return to Canada. Her daughters have dual Canadian citizenship which means they could easily live in the nation.
A representative from Buckingham Palace issued a short statement on the shocking revelation: “It is a private matter which we would not comment on. ”