Canadian Woman to marry into Royal Family

CurlyBritChickCurlyBritChick Posts: 218Registered Users
The Queen's grandson, Peter Phillips, is set to marry his Canadian girlfriend - Autumn Kelly. Love the name - would like to see a Queen Autumn in the future, but barring major disaster that won't happen!
I'd sooner marry into the Manson family than our Royal family, but Peter Phillips seems very down to earth so good luck to them!

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Autumn Kelly - perfect for the Royal Family

Elizabeth Grice discovers how a down-to-earth girl from Montreal won the approval of the Windsors


If it's true that Peter Phillips once said his romance couldn't go anywhere because he was expected to find a girl from a "good solid British family", the announcement of his engagement to Autumn Kelly is a triumph of sense over sensibility.

Maybe, poor boy, he genuinely once believed that Canada wasn't a suitable breeding ground for the mate of the Queen's grandson and that "the right background" was still a box-ticking essential for the 10th in line to the throne. More likely, he was trying to put gossip mongers off the scent and give himself a bit of space.

In his 29 years, Phillips, who works for the Royal Bank of Scotland's sponsorship department, has kept as far out of the spotlight and out of the news as it is possible for a member of the Royal Family to be without actually going to live on an atoll.

He seems to be his own man first and son of the Princess Royal second.

The objectionable idea that he would have to choose a future wife from some A-list of vetted, well-bred girls must seem quaint, even to him.

And, seeing what has happened in royal marriages when the social and class expectations are fulfilled, it is a great bonus that Miss Kelly is just a bright, outdoorsy, feet-on-the-ground girl from Montreal who, rather inconveniently from her point of view, fell in love with a man on the wrong continent.

She works for a management consultancy company and looks after their client, the broadcaster Michael Parkinson.

Yesterday her breezy, friendly voice could be heard on her office voicemail. But it was a pre-engagement recording.

When she answered her own mobile phone, as a good personal assistant should, her voice dropped several tones at the horror of having to comment on her engagement or her job.

"I'm afraid I really can't say anything about that," she said.

It was left to a Canadian friend, one of her mother's generation, to rhapsodise: "They were made for each other. This is a marriage made in heaven. She's just the nicest person you could ever meet and they're devoted to one another."

The chances to observe this at first hand have been few. It has been the kind of courtship few royals have been able to pull off: discreet, steady and seemingly without a smidgen of controversy.

What little we do know about Miss Kelly gives ordinary a good name. She was born in 1975 and grew up in the unremarkable suburb of Cedar Park, Pointe Claire, in the English-speaking enclave of Montreal known as West Island.

Though it isn't known whether she is a practising Catholic, there are Irish surnames on both sides of her family and she was educated first at a Catholic primary school, St John Fisher.

At her state school, St Thomas in Pointe Claire, she played soccer and excelled at a winter team sport called ringette, a cross between figure skating and ice hockey favoured by women.

The only time she made headlines was in the local newspaper when she was hit with a hockey puck in 1993.

Her parents, Brian and Kitty, are divorced. Her mother remarried to Ron Magas, an airline pilot.

At McGill University, one of the most academically demanding in Canada, Miss Kelly boosted her finances by working as a barmaid and occasionally as a model.

After graduating in 2002, she started on the career ladder as a management consultant.

In his family's tradition of sports-related romance, Phillips met her during the 2003 Montreal Grand Prix when he was helping to market the Williams Formula One team.

Asked by a British newspaper two years ago if she thought the Royal Family might oppose her daughter's relationship with Phillips, on the grounds that she was "a foreigner", her mother was sharp: "I think attitudes to things like that have changed. Autumn is a very serious and intelligent young woman. She may be young, but she knows the world. And he's a great guy. Isn't that what counts?"

Her daughter's future in-laws must have asked themselves the same question and answered it with a yes.

The couple are, after all, discreetly ensconced in a cottage on the Princess Royal's Gatcombe Park Estate, not far from Phillips's sister, Zara, and her boyfriend, Mike Tindall.

Miss Kelly, 32, who gave up her job as a management consultant in Canada to be with her fiancé, is the most serious girlfriend Phillips has had since the end of his relationship with the American heiress Elizabeth Iorio, with whom he lived for several months in a Belsize Park flat he reportedly bought with his legacy from the Queen Mother.

Just how serious was signalled by the Queen last year. She invited the strawberry-blonde on that supreme test of personableness and suitability: the Royal Family's nine-day cruise around the Western Isles in the summer.

Miss Kelly had already mingled at the Queen's 80th birthday celebration at the Ritz a few months earlier, another marker of official pleasure, and passed that module.

This year, their final seal of approval, the couple were both guests of the Queen at Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot.

Pointe Claire village, where Miss Kelly's brother, Kevin, works as a chef, has acquired a new sense of its own importance. "It's not the sort of place you'd expect to find royalty," said John Angus, a shopkeeper, yesterday. "But we're delighted with the connection."

More enthusiasm was registered by the Monarchist League of Canada. "It's exciting, a Canadian girl marrying into the Royal Family," said the head, Robert Finch, raising the feverish possibility of a wedding in Montreal.

"I would expect it to be a low-profile wedding as far as royal weddings go," he added. From what we know of them, that would suit the couple just fine.
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  • ScarletScarlet Posts: 3,125Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'd sooner marry into the Manson family than our Royal family,

    Maybe they've learned from mistakes in the past? Also, I think for as bad as Anne may seem, she seems to have raised (by all appearances) two reasonably well adjusted children.
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  • FreeCurlsFreeCurls Posts: 4,408Registered Users
    she could never be queen though, right? just queen consort or whatever the term is. Regent?
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  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    Seems like she's got the crazy hat bit down, so she should fit right in.
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  • GretchenGretchen Administrator Posts: 10,840Moderators Curl Virtuoso
    geeky wrote:
    Seems like she's got the crazy hat bit down, so she should fit right in.

    OMG; this is hilarious, Geeky! And so right on.

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  • ScarletScarlet Posts: 3,125Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    FreeCurls wrote:
    she could never be queen though, right? just queen consort or whatever the term is. Regent?

    Techincally, she would be Queen Consort, but there are a whole bunch of Royals in line ahead of him for the throne.
    The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics - Thomas Sowell
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,259Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Scarlet wrote:
    FreeCurls wrote:
    she could never be queen though, right? just queen consort or whatever the term is. Regent?

    Techincally, she would be Queen Consort, but there are a whole bunch of Royals in line ahead of him for the throne.


    He's 10th in line...he would have to knock off a whole bunch of royals to get to the point of being king. I think that's why his mother, Anne, named both her kids without titles, because she knew they were unlikely to ever reign, and growing up with a title is difficult.
  • FreeCurlsFreeCurls Posts: 4,408Registered Users
    The Queen's grandson, Peter Phillips, is set to marry his Canadian girlfriend - Autumn Kelly. Love the name - would like to see a Queen Autumn in the future, but barring major disaster that won't happen!I'd sooner marry into the Manson family than our Royal family, but Peter Phillips seems very down to earth so good luck to them!

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    I think we established in the OP that it's hardly likely she'll get to the point of being queen anything! :)
    oh and this guy looks like a dumpy version of prince Harry.
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