Canadian Autumn Kelly becomes member of the Royal Family

A Canadian girl, with the unusual name of Autumn, became a member of the Royal Family yesterday after marrying the Queen's grandson, Peter Phillips.

Autumn had to renounce her Catholicism before the marriage took place as, just like you can't have a Protestant Pope, you can't have a Catholic British Monarch (as the Monarch is Head of the Church of England).

The Royal sponsored by Hello!: Blue blood meets blue collar as Peter and Autumn marry in sea of green

18th May 2008
Daily Mail

Heavy rain was not the only thing to put a damper on the Royal wedding yesterday as the controversy over Autumn Kelly's decision to sign a deal with Hello! magazine cast a chill over her marriage to Peter Phillips.

The commercialisation of the Royal nuptials – for the first time in history – has upset courtiers who believe the pages of the celebrity bible should be confined to WAGs and soap stars.

It also kept star guests Kate Middleton and Chelsy Davy out of public view. Kate was representing Prince William, absent at another wedding, and Chelsy was attending her first official Royal event.

Peter Phillips leaves St George's Chapel, Windsor with his Canadian bride Autumn Kelly

The happy couple: A radiant Autumn married the Queen's grandson Peter in Windsor yesterday

Their presence had hugely increased media and public interest in the event at St George's Chapel, Windsor, but both left through side doors instead of emerging with the bridal party and descending the West Steps for the traditional waving off of the newlyweds.

The wedding represented the marriage of blue collar to blue blood.

Canadian-born Autumn, the daughter of a hairdresser and an electrical retailer, arrived at exactly 4pm in a maroon state Bentley and exited on the arm of her father Brian under skies as grey as Windsor Castle's walls.

She had promised to hang on to her father "for dear life" and she needed his arm as she climbed the stone steps made slippery by a day of rain. Her bridesmaids were forced to pick up her ivory duchesse satin skirt and cathedral train to avoid getting them wet.

There appeared to be a green theme to the wedding. The bridesmaids were all in eau de nil column dresses while their partners and the groom wore similarly coloured ties. Even the order of service had a green border.

The newlyweds depart from the church ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage

Welcome to the Family...
The bride and groom surrounded by family and friends on the steps of St George's Chapel yesterday. On the left of the front row is Peter's sister Zara in pale green bridesmaid's dress, while her boyfriend, England rugby player Mike Tindall, is at the back, emerging from the chapel.
Behind Zara and to the left is Autumn's mother Kathleen. The father of the bride, Brian, is the grey-haired bearded man towards the right - next to Princess Anne and Tim Laurence. Others in the line-up include Lady Gabriella Windsor and her brother Freddie, just behind and to the right of Prince Philip, and Viscount Linley and Lady Sarah Chatto, in the top left-hand corner.

The shade was described as "Kelly green".

The elder bridesmaids' dresses, designed by Vera Wang, were all strapless, showing off their near-identically tanned arms and shoulders – complete with strapmarks where their bikini tops had been.

The younger bridesmaids' dresses were by designer Sue Palmer.

Autumn's chief bridesmaid was her childhood best friend Jackie Aubie from Canada.

The other bridesmaids were her now sister-in-law Zara Phillips and English best friend Susannah Toynbee – a distant relative of Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee.

Autumn (centre) is surrounded by her bridesmaids as she prepares to wed Peter at St George's Chapel, Windsor

Autumn arrives at St George's Chapel in Windsor with Zara Phillips, sister to the bridegroom

They were assisted by Peter's half-sister Stephanie Phillips, 11, Autumn's own 11-year-old half-sister Jessica and Peter's goddaughter Rosie Bush, a toddler who all but stole the show.

Peter arrived 20 minutes before the bride, wearing morning dress and accompanied by his supporters Ben Goss, a best friend from his days as Gordonstoun Head Boy, and his childhood friend Andrew Tucker.

They were part of a procession of senior Royals and society beauties and their beaux.

There was the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal in dark brown pleats, her former husband Captain Mark Phillips – the groom's father – as well as her second husband Tim Laurence.

Also present were Charles and Camilla, Prince Andrew and his daughters Beatrice – who made the only fashion gaffe of the day in a butterfly headdress – and Eugenie, Viscount and Viscountess Linley, his sister Lady Sarah Chatto and Gabriella and Freddie Windsor.

The Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry wave the happy couple on their way with a smile from the steps of St George's Chapel

A radiant Zara shone as a bridesmaid in green at her brother Peter's wedding

Wedding guests follow the bridal party out of the church and gather on the steps

The Canadian contingent numbered 70 and included Autumn's mother Kitty, her twin brother Chris, a builder, and their elder brother Kevin, a chef.

One guest who did not have a perfect day was Camilla's ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles.

As he arrived at Windsor Castle he managed to drive into a bollard, leaving a large dent in the vehicle's bodywork.

It emerged that Autumn's pre-wedding nerves had been calmed by the Queen herself.

The two bumped into each other in the castle only a few minutes before the service and the Queen instantly put the bride at ease by telling her how beautiful she looked.

Wearing a tiara loaned to her for the day by the Princess Royal and a necklace and earrings set given to her by her groom, Autumn entered to the sounds of the Prince of Denmark's March by Jere-miah Clarke.

Turning heads: Kate Middleton, representing an absent Prince William

Princesses in waiting? Chelsy Davy and Kate

The couple were married by the Dean of Windsor, Bishop David Conner.

Autumn has converted from Catholicism to the Church of England to prevent Peter having to renounce his right to the Throne.

They exchanged wedding rings and promised to love, comfort, honour and keep one another, but dropped the contentious "obey". The National Anthem was sung at the end and the bride and groom exited to the Finale of Symphonie No 1 by Louis Vierne.

Prince Harry embraces his grandmother the Queen on the steps of St George's Chapel, Windsor

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall enjoy a joke while Prince Harry leans over to join in the fun

On the dot of 5pm the newlyweds emerged holding hands to a loud round of applause from their congregation.

Their palpable happiness cut through the gloom of a damp afternoon in which the temperature struggled up to an unseasonable 57F (14C).

The couple left in a carriage from the state mews called a Balmoral Sociable and headed to Frogmore House, in Windsor Home Park, for their reception.

It promised to be quite a party, climaxing in a display of fireworks with a blues band playing into the night.

Now attention will turn to other possible Royals brides – as some guests were asking last night, will Kate or Chelsy be next?

Fashion gaffe: Princess Beatrice looks all a flutter in a butterfly headdress

The glums: Viscount Linley and his wife Serena struggle to raise a smile as they survey the family gathering yesterday
All happiness to the newlyweds.
Oh what a beautiful wedding everything was just splendid, what a sweet couple, I understand her great aunt made the gown. The flowers were devine. To bad she has crossed the Romans though, the pope is furious and threatens to "excommunicate the bitch" he said in a private interview with a friend of mine.
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Good for them, all the best to the newlyweds.

The two initially met while working at the Formula One race in Montreal (Autumn is from the West Island suburb of Pointe Claire). I found the wedding however was kept quite low key as compared to prior royal weddings.
She's not Canadian.
I know for a fact that the family dog wouldn't play with her without a porkchop tied to her neck.
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

She's not Canadian.

Not only is she Canadian, she stated that she's not relinquishing her Canadian citizenship.

More details below...

Montreal Woman Didn't Know Fiance Was Royalty


Montreal woman didn't know fiance was royalty

Chance meeting has hospitality hostess marrying Queen's eldest grandson
Randy Boswell, Canwest News Services

Published: Tuesday, May 13

She's moved to London, embraced a life of relentless media scrutiny and converted from Catholicism to the Church of England to maintain her fiance's theoretical eligibility for his grandmother's throne.

But Autumn Kelly, a 30-year-old Montrealer who is poised to marry Peter Phillips -- Queen Elizabeth's eldest grandchild -- in a ceremony at Windsor Castle this weekend, isn't giving up her Canadian citizenship or her career plans to join the Royal Family, she has revealed in a controversial magazine interview.

"We're excited," says Robert Finch, dominion chairman of the Monarchist League of Canada. "A Canadian gal is marrying into the Royal Family, and that gives us an excellent opportunity to talk about the monarchy. Everything is grand."

Kelly and Phillips, who is also 30, collected a purported $1 million from glossy, gossipy Hello! magazine for an exclusive pre-wedding photo shoot and interview at the groom's luxury "cottage" in Gloucestershire, on the rural estate owned by his father Mark Phillips, ex-husband of Princess Anne.

Damn, these two got $1 million bucks for a photo shoot and interview with glossy.
You have a close friend who talks to the pope and you know someone who said the family dog would only play with her if she had a pork chop tied to her neck? Are these friends only in your own head?
Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

Oh what a beautiful wedding everything was just splendid, what a sweet couple, I understand her great aunt made the gown. The flowers were devine. To bad she has crossed the Romans though, the pope is furious and threatens to "excommunicate the bitch" he said in a private interview with a friend of mine.

So be it, poor pope. Lost another faithful follower? pffft

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