- Mark Phillips
Mark Phillips Born Mark Anthony Peter Phillips
22 September 1948
Spouse Anne, Princess Royal
(m. 1973–1992, divorced)
Children Peter Phillips
Parents Mj. Peter William Garside Phillips (deceased)
Anna Patricia Tiarks (deceased)
Captain Mark Anthony Peter Phillips, CVO, ADC(P) (born 22 September 1948) is a British Olympic gold-medal-winning horseman and ex-husband of Anne, Princess Royal. He is the son of Major Peter William Garside Phillips (1920–1998) and Anne Patricia Phillips (née Tiarks) (1926–1988).
Upon passing out from Sandhurst, Phillips was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Queen's Dragoon Guards in July 1969. After the expected period, he was promoted to lieutenant in January 1971. By the start of 1974, Phillips was an acting captain when he was appointed a Personal Aide-de-Camp to Queen Elizabeth II. Phillips was substantively promoted to captain in July 1975. Phillips retired from the Army on 30 March 1978.
After retiring from the Army, Phillips continued to style himself Captain Mark Phillips. Ordinarily, only Army officers of or above the rank of major may use their rank when retired. However, retired junior cavalry officers whose civilian work involves equestrianism may continue to use their rank.
Olympic medal record Competitor for Great Britain Equestrian Gold 1972 Munich Team three-day event Silver 1988 Seoul Team three-day event
In 1972, Phillips was a member of the British three-day event team, which won the gold medal at the Munich Olympics. He won the Badminton Horse Trials in 1971 and 1972 riding Great Ovation, in 1974 on Colombus, and in 1981 on Lincoln.
The Queen is believed to have offered him a peerage on his wedding day, which he turned down. This may also have been the specific wish of Princess Anne. (As female-line grandchildren of the Sovereign, Princess Anne's children were never eligible for the style "Royal Highness" or the title "Prince/Princess" under the terms of George V's letters patent of 1917). If Phillips held a peerage, however, his children with Princess Anne would have been entitled to be addressed as "Lord" or "Lady" and not merely "Mr." or "Miss." In the case of the Queen's sister, The Princess Margaret, her ex-husband, Anthony Armstrong-Jones, became the Earl of Snowdon upon marriage, with the subsidiary title, Viscount Linley. As a result, Jones' son, David, is entitled to be addressed as "Viscount Linley", and David's son, Charles, is addressed "The Honourable".
Rumours of a stormy relationship were rife, and their home life at Gatcombe Park was the subject of much unwanted media attention throughout their marriage. Several sources, including Nicholas Davies' book Queen Elizabeth II: A Woman Who Is Not Amused have attempted to cast doubt on whether Phillips fathered his daughter Zara. In 1992, Phillips and the Princess Royal were divorced.
In August 1985 Phillips fathered a daughter, Felicity, as a result of an extramarital affair with New Zealand art teacher Heather Tonkin. Phillips was confirmed as the father as a result of DNA testing during a paternity suit in 1991. 
Titles, styles, honours and arms
- Captain (Retired)
ArmsArms of Mark Phillips
NotesThese arms were granted to Peter Phillips, the father of Mark Phillips, in October 1973. Mark used these arms differenced with a three point label until he inherited them from his father in 1998.: EscutcheonPer chevron azure and Or, in chief a horse courant argent, and in base a sprig of forget-me-not flowers, slipped and leaved proper.:
Ancestors of Mark Phillips 16. John Phillips 8. William Garside Phillips 17. Eliza Wilde 4. Joseph Herbert Phillips 18. William Grundy 9. Emma Grundy 19. Sarah Wrigley 2. Major Peter Phillips 20. William Charles Land 10. William Henry Land 21. Mary Winteringham 5. Dorothea Mary Land 22. Frank Moore 11. Kate Eliza Moore 23. Anne Midforth 1. Mark Phillips 24. Rev. Johann Tiarks 12. Brigadier John Tiarks 25. Anne Condron 6. John Tiarks 26. Rev. Edward Templer Harington 13. Ada Harington 27. Ada Drew 3. Anne Patricia Tiarks 28. Richard Cripps 14. Percy Cripps 29. Mary Stokes 7. Evelyn Cripps 30. Rev. Henry Tripp 15. Mary Tripp 31. Anne Gould
Name Birth Marriage Issue Peter Phillips 15 November 1977 17 May 2008 Autumn Kelly Savannah Phillips (b. 2010) Zara Phillips 15 May 1981 30 July 2011 Mike Tindall
- ^ thePeerage.com Phillips family update
- ^ tiarks.co.uk
- ^ London Gazette: . 22 August 1969. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
- ^ London Gazette: . 26 January 1971. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
- ^ London Gazette: . 7 January 1974. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
- ^ London Gazette: . 28 July 1975. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
- ^ London Gazette: . 10 April 1978. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
- ^ http://www.britroyals.com/family.asp?id=mark
- ^ http://www.debretts.com/forms-of-address/professions/armed-forces/army/retired.aspx
- ^ United States Equestrian Federation
- ^ http://www.royal.gov.uk/ThecurrentRoyalFamily/ThePrincessRoyal/Marriageandfamily.aspx The Official Website of the British Monarchy
- ^ Davies, Nicholas. Queen Elizabeth II: A Woman Who Is Not Amused. A Birch Lane Press Book. ISBN 1-55972-217-7
- ^ Cathcart, Helen. Anne, The Princess Royal. Virgin Books. ISBN 978-0491030588
- ^ Hoey, Brian. Zara Phillips: A Revealing Portrait of A Royal World Champion. Virgin Books ISBN 978-0753513095
- ^ Shawcross, William. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother: The Official Biography. MacMillan ISBN 978-1405048590
- ^ a b "Princess Anne's ex-husband a father again". Reading Eagle (Reading, PA): p. A10. 7 October 1997. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=N6YkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=w6YFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2831,4424040&dq=mark+phillips+a+father+again&hl=en.
- ^ Mail on Sunday
- ^ a b "News & Views". The Heraldry Gazette (57): 17. March 1974.
- Lundy, Darryl. "Felicity Tonkin". thePeerage.com. http://www.thepeerage.com/p2473.htm#i24729.
- Lundy, Darryl. "Captain Mark Anthony Peter Phillips". thePeerage.com. http://www.thepeerage.com/p10071.htm#i100709.
- Lundy, Darryl. "Heather Tonkin". thePeerage.com. http://www.thepeerage.com/p2474.htm#i24735.
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