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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge host delayed Diana statue reception

  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge host delayed Diana statue reception Close friends and family of the late Princess of Wales gathered at Kensington Palace for the delayed celebration of the Diana statue.Close family and friends of the late royal - who died in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997, aged 36 - gathered at Kensington Palace on Tuesday (19.10.21), as thanks were given to the donors of the bronze tribute erected in the Sunken Garden of the royal residence.

The Princess Royal had a special occasion to mark on Monday as her eldest son, Peter Phillips, turned 44.

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Peter is the Queen's eldest grandchild and was born to Princess Anne and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, on 15 November 1977. He is also the older brother of Zara Tindall.

Having attended the University of Exeter, he graduated with a degree in sports science in 2000. Peter has worked for Jaguar as a corporate hospitality manager and then for the Williams racing team.

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He also had a role as a manager for RBS, before leaving in 2012 to become a managing director at sports and entertainment agency, SEL UK.

In 2003, he met Canadian management consultant Autumn Kelly, and the couple began dating. Their engagement was announced on 28 July 2007.

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Peter and Autumn finalised their divorce in June

The pair were married at St George's Chapel in Windsor on 17 May 2008, and they welcomed their first child, Savannah, in December 2010, followed by Isla two years later.

Sadly, Peter and Autumn's marriage wasn't to last and they separated in 2019, finalising their divorce in June 2021.

In a statement, the former couple confirmed that they would continue to live on their Gloucestershire estate in order to bring up their daughters.

Clare Balding recalls being fat-shamed by Anne Robinson

  Clare Balding recalls being fat-shamed by Anne Robinson Anne, 77, was known for her acid tongue when she presented the BBC gameshow and is now said to be embroiled in a feud with her new co-stars on Countdown - Rachel Riley and Susie Dent. As Anne's character has been called into question in recent weeks, Clare, 50, weighed in on her experience with the presenter. © Provided by Daily Mail ( Clare - who appeared on The Weakest Link in 2005 - said on Gabby Logan's The Mid-Point podcast: 'Many years ago I did The Weakest Link when she was presenting it, and I got through to a head to head against Graeme Le Saux who as you will know is very very bright.

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Baby Peter pictured in 1977 with Princess Anne and the Queen

Peter, who is currently 18th in the line of succession, does not have a courtesy title and he does not carry out royal duties.

In the 2020 ITV documentary Anne: The Princess Royal at 70, Peter explained: "We were always brought up on the understanding that we were going to have to work. We were going to have to go out and earn, earn our living. Regardless of the fact of who our grandmother or who our mother was."

Peter's birthday comes the day after Anne's elder brother, the Prince of Wales, celebrated turning 73.

Princess Anne was among the senior royals to attend the Festival of Remembrance at London's Royal Albert Hall, as well as the Remembrance Sunday service, where she laid a wreath at the Cenotaph.

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Leigh-Anne Pinnock cries over her mother not attending premiere .
Leigh-Anne Pinnock candidly discussed her new film Boxing Day in an interview on Tuesday - days after Jesy Nelson was spotted in a clinch with her ex Lucien Laviscount. Leigh-Anne, 30, who is on the promo trail for her first movie role, sobbed as she revealed her mother Deborah wouldn't be able to attend the film's premiere that evening.At the end of the interview, the star said: 'Can I just say, my mum's watching and I know she can't come to the premiere.; © Provided by Daily Mail ( Beginning to cry, the singer added: 'But I love you so much and there'll hopefully be so many more premieres to go to.

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