Thursday, December 30, 2010

It's a girl

Autumn Phillips, the wife of Peter Phillips, has given birth to a girl, according to a release from Buckingham Palace.  The infant girl, who weight 8lbs ozs,  was born on Wednesday at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.   The name has not been announced.
The baby is 12th in line to the British throne, and the first great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The last great-grandchild born during the reign of the sovereign was Prince Louis of Battenberg.  He was the youngest of four children of Princess Victoria of Hesse and By Rhine, Queen Victoria's granddaughter, and Prince Louis of Battenberg.   Princess Louis gave birth to her son on June 25, 1900.   The infant prince's eldest sister, Princess Alice, was the mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.  The day before the birth of baby Phillips, the Hereditary Countess of Toerring-Jettenbach gave birth to her fourth daughter, Elena.   Elena's late paternal grandmother, Princess Elisabeth of Greece and Denmark,  and Prince Philip were first cousins.

30 December 2010


Mrs Peter Phillips was yesterday safely delivered of a baby girl at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. The weight of the baby was 8lbs 8oz. Mr Peter Phillips was present at the birth.
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Autumn’s family have been informed and are delighted with the news. The baby’s name will be confirmed in due course.
This baby is the first child for Peter and Autumn, the first grandchild for The Princess Royal and the first great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, and is twelfth in line to the Throne.

My choice for the name:  Winter Phillips -- and then try for a Spring Phillips and a Summer Phillips.


Kalnel said...

Winter, Summer...I like it! :-) Or, if they want something more exotic, they could go with "Indian Summer Phillips." (Maybe Ms. Hicks could be godmother...)

BTW, after my grousing about the form in the Tindall announcement, I was pleased to see "Mrs. Peter Phillips" in the first sentence.

Alas, things went downhill from there with the line, "The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Autumn’s family." "Mrs. Phillips' family" would have been more appropriate and consistent with the rest of the sentence.

Same thing with the reference to "Peter and Autumn" in the last paragraph. Sounds more like Hello magazine than Buckingham Palace.

The editor in me cringed about the initial reference to "Mr. Peter Phillips," too. It's not incorrect, but for form and consistency, he should have been "Mr. Phillips" all the way through.

Speaking of form, has the Palace changed the way it refers to the royals? I may be misremembering, but I thought they used "HM The Queen," "HRH The Duke of Edinburgh," "HRH The Princess Royal," etc., in statements like this.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

The HM, etc, is left out of official statements -it doesn't appear, for example, in the announcement of the engagement of the Prince of Wales.

when William was born - the announcement said The Princess of Wales was safely delivered of a son .... Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.
The styling of names has changed --