Saturday, March 31, 2012

Queen becomes a great-grandmother for the second time after birth of baby Isla Phillips

By Pamela Owen

Autumn and Peter Phillips, pictured with their daughter Savannah, announced the birth of their second child Isla Elizabeth who was born on Friday

The Queen has become a great-grandmother for the second time, Buckingham Palace said today.

Isla Phillips was born yesterday at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, to Peter Phillips and wife Autumn, weighing 7lb 4oz.

Perhaps in a nod to her great-grandmother’s Diamond Jubilee year, she has been given the middle name Elizabeth.

The Queen is said to be delighted at the arrival of her second great-grandchild who has been give the middle name Elizabeth

She is a second daughter for Mr Phillips, who was present at the birth, and his Canadian-born wife.

Her older sister Savannah was also born at the hospital on December 29, 2010.

The Queen’s press secretary said: '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.

'Isla Elizabeth is the second child for Peter and Autumn, the second grandchild for the Princess Royal and the second great-grandchild for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

'She will be 13th in line to the throne.'

Buckingham Palace would not confirm if the middle name had specifically been chosen as a tribute to the Queen.

Although he is 11th in line to the throne, Peter does not have a royal title as his mother declined to give her children the HRH title at birth.

Zara Phillips with the Queen's first great-grandchild, Savannah and Peter, right, was present at the birth of his second child Isla Elizabeth who was born at The Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester

Peter Phillips married Autumn Kelly at St George's Chapel, Windsor, on the 17 May 2008



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