30 December 2010

UK: Peter and Autumn Phillips parents to a baby girl

Autumn Phillips, wife of Peter Phillips, who is the son of the Princess Royal (Princess Anne), gave birth to a baby girl on 29 December 2010, Buckingham Palace has announced:
Mrs Peter Phillips was yesterday safely delivered of a baby girl at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. The weight of the baby was 8lbs 8oz. Mr Peter Phillips was present at the birth.

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Autumn’s family have been informed and are delighted with the news. The baby’s name will be confirmed in due course.

This baby is the first child for Peter and Autumn, the first grandchild for The Princess Royal and the first great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, and is twelfth in line to the Throne.
(If anyone wonders, the weight 8 lbs 8 oz should correspond to appr. 3850 grams.)

Autumn Patricia Phillips, née Kelly, was born at Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on 3 May 1978, as the daughter of Brian Kelly and Kathleen "Kitty" Magas, née McCarthy. She married Peter Phillips, b. 15 November 1977, at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, on 17 May 2008.

It will be interesting to see what name(s) the baby girl will get. I am not sure what to expect - the baby girl is so far down in the line of succession to the British throne that her parents don't need to feel obligated to find a name with British royal traditions. But what goes well with the surname Phillips? Patricia? Paula? Phyllis Phillips is surely ruled out... :-) I guess Winter Phillips is out of the question as well. Time will tell!

(Some of the information above is taken from Nobiliana Forum, including details given by Marlene Koenig on 30 January 2008 (original source the Princess Royal's private secretary).)

Updated on Friday 31 December 2010 at 09.15 (more accurate reference given).


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