The Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Philips married his Canadian bride Autumn Kelly yesterday. The bride’s arrival was sadly met with rain showers. However the drizzly weather did nothing to dampen the happy couple’s spirits as they exchanged their vows in front of 300 guests, including the Queen and Prince Philip and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The bride wore a tiara which was borrowed from her new mother-in-law, Princess Anne, which beautifully complemented her Sassi Holford dress. Peter’s sister Zara was one of the bridesmaids. Peter Philips is the son of the Princess Royal (Princess Anne) and like his sister Zara, he doesn’t hold a Royal title or carry out official Royal engagements. He is the first of The Queen’s grandchildren to marry.
Peter has come under fierce criticism in the press this week for cashing in on his royal connections and “selling out” his grandmother, after it was revealed he had signed a reputed £500,000 deal with Hello magazine, giving them exclusive photography rights to the wedding and an exclusive interview culminating in a 20 page spread in the magazine, ahead of the wedding. The Queen and Prince Philip are reported to be furious, as is Peter’s mother Princess Anne. It is certainly a big turnaround and hypocritical behaviour for Peter, who like his sister usually tries as much as possible to keep a low profile out of the public eye, not easy sometimes when you’re related to the Royal family. The magazine described the Royal wedding as a fitting end to a “fairytale romance which has bridged social divides and continents”. Peter and Autumn met through work at the Montreal Grand Prix in 2003.