Why Princess Anne’s ex-daughter-in-law Autumn wasn’t allowed to keep wedding tiara

December 10, 2021 – 10:44 GMT

Nichola Murphy

When Princess Anne‘s son Peter Phillips married Autumn Kelly on 17 May 2008, The Princess Royal gifted the bride a dazzling tiara to wear to walk down the aisle – but she wasn’t allowed to keep it. 

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The gorgeous Festoon Tiara was loaned to the blushing bride – a piece which was gifted to Princess Anne in 1973 by the World-Wide Shipping Group, and it completed Autumn’s bridal look. She wore a wedding dress by British designer Sassi Holford, which consisted of a fitted bodice made of hand-beaded lace, a silk Duchesse skirt and a beaded French lace shrug.

“Doing such a gown does kind of encompass all the emotions the bride feels on her day – I was excited, then terribly nervous, then full of joy,” the designer told HELLO!.

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The Queen’s daughter has since been pictured wearing the sparkling tiara on numerous occasions, including during a banquet at the Guildhall in 2017 when she paired it with the matching necklace.

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Autumn Phillips wearing Princess Anne’s tiara on her wedding day

However, the Festoon Necklace was nowhere to be seen on Autumn’s wedding day. Instead, the bride accessorised with pearl earrings and a matching necklace, which Peter had sent to her at Windsor Castle the night before their nuptials.


The couple got married at St George’s Chapel in 2008

Peter met Autumn at the 2003 Montreal Grand Prix, but it was about six weeks before she found out that her new love was Queen Elizabeth’s grandson. 

They tied the knot at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in 2008, in front of royals such as Her Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Zara Tindall who acted as bridesmaid, as well as Autumn’s family who flew in from her home country of Canada.


Peter and Autumn announced their separation in 2020

The couple went on to welcome children Savannah and Isla, who were born in 2010 and 2012 respectively, and lived nearby to Princess Anne on her Gatcombe Park estate.

However, Peter and Autumn announced their split in February 2020 and they were officially divorced on Monday 14 June 2021.

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