Peter and Autumn Phillips – Baby #2

Peter and Autumn Phillips, walking to church at Sandringham on Christmas Day, 2008

When we posted our recent article on royal christening gowns, we asked the question, who will be the next royal baby to wear the traditional gown?

Well, now we know!

On Friday, October 14th Buckingham Palace announced that Peter and Autumn Phillips are expecting their second child, due in March (the same month that Crown Princess Victoria is expecting her first child)

The official statement reads:

“The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, as well as Autumn’s family, have been informed and are delighted with the news.”

We find it interesting that BP chose a Friday night to make this announcement. Friday night announcements are usually saved for items that are intended to be relatively low key, which is fitting in this case since Peter and Autumn are not working royals, and have been living quietly in the London area without much media attention. This of course is in contrast to their wedding which they sold the pictures of to be published in HELLO, which caused quite a stir, as private pictures of the royal family at the wedding dinner were included and many were not made aware in advance that those photos would be included.  The Queen was apparently not amused.

Peter and Autumn's HELLO cover

Anyhow, lesson learned, and let’s be honest, although of course we understand that they also deserve their privacy, we enjoyed seeing these ‘behind the scenes at a royal wedding’ photos, like this one of Kate Middleton and Chelsy Davy on the dance floor.

Peter and Autumn’s first child, and the Queen’s first great-grandchild, Savannah, was born on December 29, 2010 at the Royal Gloucester Hospital.

Autumn with Savannah

Savanna is 12th in line to the throne, after her father Peter, and before her aunt, Zara. Her name is unique, and is not in the roster of typical ‘royal names’. Her name was not included in the birth announcement issued by Buckingham Palace. The public only discovered her name when the Reverend Jonathan Riviere, Rector of Sandringham included “Autumn, Peter and Savannah” in prayers in the service on 2nd January 2011. Interestingly, Autumn once worked at a pub/restaurant named Savannah’s.

Savannah’s christening took place on April 23, 2011 at Holy Cross Church in Gloucestershire, near Princess Anne’s home, Gatcombe Park. She was the second royal baby (after Viscount Severn) to wear the replica of the original royal christening gown worn by almost all royals since the christening of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Victoria.

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