Princess Anne to mark special day with Peter and Zara after difficult weekend for Firm

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Peter turned 44 years old and is the son of the Princess Royal and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. He is the older sibling of Olympic equestrian Zara Tindall and a relatively low-key member of the Royal Family.

This year’s birthday celebration for Peter follows the finalisation of the Queen’s grandson’s divorce from his former wife, August Phillips.

The couple met in 2003, at the Montreal Grand Prix in Canada, where Autumn grew up.

They held their wedding in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in May 2008.

The two have since had two children together: Savannah, 10, and younger sister Isla, who is nine.

Peter and Autumn had been living separately since 2019, but officially announced their separation in February 2020.

The couple had settled on the Gatcombe Estate in Gloucestershire, the residence of Princess Anne.

Prior to their marriage, Peter graduated with a degree in sports science from the University of Exeter over two decades ago, which preceded jobs for car manufacture Jaguar and the racing team, Williams.

The celebration of Peter’s birthday comes after a difficult weekend for the Royal Family, with the Queen’s planned appearance at Remembrance Day services abruptly cancelled due to a sprained back.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen, 95, was “disappointed” by the last-minute cancellation.

Previous Palace statements had insisted the Queen was standing firm in her intentions to attend her first public outing in weeks.

The statement read: “The Queen, having sprained her back, has decided this morning with great regret that she will not be able to attend today’s Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph.

“Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service.”

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Royal correspondent for Sky, Rhiannon Mills, described the “huge amount of anticipation” around the Queen’s return to the public eye.

It is believed that the monarch’s back sprain is not related to previous medical advice for the Queen to rest and recuperate, according to the news agency, PA.

It is thought her injury is very recent and comes amid worries around the Queen’s car journeys and long periods of standing unaided.

The Queen returned from a brief trip away at her Norfolk estate at Sandringham, after an overnight stay in hospital in central London in mid-October.

It was her first overnight hospital stay in eight years.

The Queen stayed in Windsor Castle rather than travel to the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, and instead opted to address the delegates via pre-recorded video message.

Just prior to this, the Queen missed a scheduled trip to Northern Ireland, to mark the centenary of its creation.

Princess Anne, in the Queen’s stead, travelled across to Northern Ireland to unveil a memorial soon after.

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