03/30/2012

Canada's Autumn Phillips delivers Queen's second great-grandchild

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Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne, and his wife Autumn have welcomed a new member to their family. Isla Elizabeth Phillips was born Thursday night, a second great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth.
 

The Royal Family is never very far from its own history, steeped in it own traditions as the torch is passed to each generation.

On Friday, they stopped to remember two members of the family who died 10 years ago, just months apart -- the Queen Mother and Elizabeth's younger sister, Princess Margaret.

And, as it turned out, it was also a celebration of the arrival of a new generation as Queen Elizabeth's daughter, Princess Anne, announced that her son Peter Phillips and his wife, Montreal-born Autumn, have a new addition with the birth of a baby girl Thursday night.

Isla Elizabeth Phillips weighed in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces and is the Queen's second great-grandchild. Her first name has Scottish origins, derived from Islay, an island off Scotland's coast.

Church memorialIsla is a sister for Savannah, who is 15 months old. Just by being born, Isla jumps to 13th in line for the throne, behind her sister.

Peter, who was present at the birth, met Autumn -- a McGill University grad and management consultant -- in 2003 at the Canadian Grand Prix. They were married in 2008.

On Friday, led by Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, many members of the Royal Family attended the memorial service for the Queen Mum and Margaret at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Both women are interred there. (Photo: Margaret and Elizabeth with their mother, marking her 80th birthday in 1980.)

The Right Rev. David Conner presided over the service, noting how the two women -- mother and daughter -- "significantly enriched" the family.

Princess Margaret, who died Feb. 9, 2002 at the age of 71, was a controversial figure in royal circles, having been linked to -- for their time -- scandals around her love life and, ultimately, divorce. Her colourful life, always the source of tabloid fever, gave way to a series of strokes in her later years. Less than two months after her death, the Queen Mother died on March 30 at age 101.

Both of Margaret's children -- Vicount Linley and Lady Sarah Chatto -- attended the memorial service along with their families, as did the majority of Elizabeth's clan. Notably missing were Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who were vacationing in at a French ski resort with Kate's parents. Also absent were Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, and Prince Edward.

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Members of the Royal Family arrive for a thanksgiving service for the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret at St George's Chapel on Friday in Windsor. From left, Princess Beatrice, Timothy Laurence, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Princess Eugenie, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Anne. (Getty Images)

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Prince Harry arrives for the thanksgiving service in memory of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. Welcoming him are the grandchildren of Princess Margaret -- Charles and Margarita Armstrong-Jones, and Samuel and Arthur Chatto. (Getty Images)

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip exchange pleasantries with Dean of Windsor David Conner following the thanksgiving service at St. George's Chapel. Right: Princess Beatrice, daughter of Prince Andrew, arrives at the service. (Getty Images)

 

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Prince Harry shares a joke with Sophie, Countess of Wessex as they arrive at St. George's Chapel. (Getty Images)

 

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Wow ... the wedding was a memorial service? I know the royal family has some strange traditions but.... Maybe someone should edit the story that jumps from a wedding to a funeral with no segue; and then wonder why the pictures below have any meaning.

I love seeing the Royals together, thank-you for showing these. I wish we could see more of the extended family as well.

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