Canada delivering another royal heir

 AutumnAutumn Phillips and her husband Peter are expecting their second child in March 2012.

Well, you can’t say Canada isn’t doing its bit to keep the Royal Family stocked with heirs.

Autumn Phillips, wife of the Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips, is in the royal family way her second child – the Queen’s second great grandchild – and is due in March.

Phillips, born and raised in Montreal, married the son of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips in 2008. Their first child, a girl named Savannah, was born Dec. 29, 2010 and is 12th in line for the throne. She is the Queen’s first great grandchild.

“The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, as well as Autumn's family, have been informed and are delighted with the news,” said a royal spokeman.

Autumn, who worked as a management consultant after graduating from McGill University, met her future husband in 2003 at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

Raised a Roman Catholic, she coverted to the Anglican church to allow Peter to keep himself in the royal line of succession. That royal rule of not marrying Catholics is likely to be abolished under proposals announced this week by the British government.

It didn’t take long for the couple to get in hot water following their marriage, reportedly selling their wedding pictures to Hello! magazine for a $800,000, drawing a seriously raised eyebrow from the royal hierarchy.

Autumn and Peter, both 33, live in London, where he works for the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Although Peter is 11th in line for the throne, he has no royal title.


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If the current bill to change the Royal succession to the first-born (regardless of gender) gets passed, these two could be bumped WAY up the line of succession, because it would have to be in effect for all currently living members of the Royal family. This would put Peter Phillips 5th in line, rather than 11th.

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