Princess Anne & Captain Mark Phillips

anne_engagementPrincess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, born on August 15, 1950, is the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Queen Elizabeth awarded Princess Anne with the title Princess Royal in 1987.

Captain Mark Anthony Peter Phillips was born on September 2, 1948. Queen Elizabeth II is believed to have offered Mark an earldom on his wedding day, but he declined. 

Family life

peter_zaraAnne and Mark have two children:

Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, born November 15, 1977, and Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips, born May 15, 1981. Peter married Canadian Autumn Kelly on May 17, 2008, and they have one daughter, Savannah, born in 2010. Zara married England rugby player Mike Tindall on July 30, 2011 in Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Peter and Zara are the first grandchildren of the sovereign to have no title due to their father having refused to take a title.

The couple divorced in 1992, having been separated for several years.  Anne married her second husband, Timothy Laurence, in 1992.


The engagement

The engagement of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips was announced on May 29, 1973.

The bride has always been known for her no-nonsense approach, and two days before her marriage, the 23-year old bride-to-be confessed to a television interviewer that she would prefer a more intimate ceremony with fellow equestrian Mark, who was about to become the first commoner to enter the royal family in two generations. 

westminster_abbeyaisleThe wedding ceremony

The wedding ceremony was held in Westminster Abbey, London. Princess Anne arrived at the Abbey in a horse-drawn glass carriage accompanied by her father, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The wedding was televised, and was watched by an international audience of some 500 million people.

The wedding attire

bride_groomThe bride’s dress

British designer Maureen Baker made the white silk princess-style gown with a dramatic high collar, pearl-edged Elizabethan trumpet sleeves and simple, pin-tucked bodice. The gown was adorned with flowers outlined with pearls and silver thread, and was finished off with a long, pure-silk train.

The bride’s tiara

The bride wore the same diamond tiara that Queen Elizabeth II, her mother, had worn at her wedding. The princess wore her hair in a slightly parted beehive up-do, in a similar style to that worn for the cover of Vogue in an issue that profiled her before her wedding.

anne_markThe groom’s attire

Captain Mark Phillips wore the formal scarlet-and-blue military ensemble of his army regiment, the Queen's Dragoon Guards.

The bride’s attendants

The princess was attended by two 9-year-olds: her youngest brother, Prince Edward, and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, the bride’s cousin and daughter of Princess Margaret.


The wedding reception

A wedding breakfast was held at Buckingham Palace where 120 guests were served scrambled eggs, partridge, fresh peas, and peppermint ice cream.

royal_yachtbalconyThe honeymoon

The couple spent a night at the White House Lodge in Richmond Park before flying to Barbados to board the Royal Yacht Britannia for an 18-day cruise of the Atlantic and Pacific.

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