Queen Elizabeth's grandson weds, tabloids fume

Sat May 17, 2008 10:49am EDT
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By Peter Graff

LONDON (Reuters) - It has all the ingredients of a proper British royal wedding: romance, tradition, rain, and a gossip magazine feud.

Peter Phillips, 11th in line to the throne, becomes on Saturday the first of Queen Elizabeth's grandchildren to wed, marrying his Canadian bride Autumn Kelly in drizzly weather at a chapel at the queen's Windsor Castle residence near London.

Phillips, 30, is the queen's eldest grandchild and son of Elizabeth's only daughter, Princess Anne.

Unlike his first cousins, Princes William and Harry -- or his sister, equestrian champion and Beijing Olympics hopeful Zara Phillips -- he has tended to stay out of the limelight.

Nevertheless, he accepted an offer from gossip magazine Hello! to allow its photographers exclusive access to the wedding for a reported 500,000 pounds (nearly $1 million).

Hello! calls it "the fairytale romance which has bridged continents and social divides."


But the rest of Britain's celebrity-obsessed media was locked out, and predictably furious.   Continued...

<p>Britain's Peter Phillips and Canada's Autumn Kelly leave St George's Chapel after their marriage in Windsor, southern England on May 17, 2008. REUTERS/Sang Tan/Pool</p>