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Autumn and Peter Phillips joined the Queen at Highland Games for final appearance before separation 

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Autumn and Peter Phillips could be seen smiling and laughing alongside the Queen and Prince Charles as they attended the Highland Games in September on their final public appearance together.

The Queen’s eldest grandson Peter, 42, and Autumn, 41, confirmed their separation after 12 years of marriage yesterday. 

In their last pictures together as a married couple, Autumn and Peter joined Her Royal Highness, 93, and Prince Charles, 71, at the event in Braemar, which came months before they announced their separation.

At the time, Autumn appeared relaxed as she sat alongside Prince Charles and was seen sharing a smile and a joke with other members of the royal family.   

In their final public appearance together as a married couple, Autumn, 41, and Peter Philips, 42, joined the Queen, 93, Prince Charles, 71, and Camilla, 72, for the Braemar Royal Highland Games in September

In their final public appearance together as a married couple, Autumn, 41, and Peter Philips, 42, joined the Queen, 93, Prince Charles, 71, and Camilla, 72, for the Braemar Royal Highland Games in September 

Peter and Autumn could be seen laughing and joking with other members of the royal family at their last appearance together as a married couple

Peter and Autumn could be seen laughing and joking with other members of the royal family at their last appearance together as a married couple  

At the event in September, the Queen looked in high spirits as she sat beside her son Prince Charles – known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland – and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.  

Autumn looked gorgeous in green as she wrapped up in a £435 chic tweed coat dress by Guinea London – and added a fancy fascinator to complement her outfit.  

She wowed the crowds of 15,000 spectators with her apt outfit, which featured luxurious velvet lapels and buttons, and offered a flattering tailored fit.  

The brand is a favourite among the royals, with Kate Middleton and Zara Tindall having opted for the British designer in the past. 

Autumn Phillips (pictured), 41, looked stylish  in a £435 tweed coat dress and a moss green hat while attending the Braemar Highland Games

Autumn Phillips (pictured), 41, looked stylish  in a £435 tweed coat dress and a moss green hat while attending the Braemar Highland Games

The mother-of-two appeared in high spirits at the event, and could be seen laughing and jokign with the rest of the royal family

The mother-of-two appeared in high spirits at the event, and could be seen laughing and jokign with the rest of the royal family  

The former PA, who wore her hair loose, swept a pale blush across her cheeks and added a layer of deep pink lip stick, which perfectly complemented the pale pink trim of her coat.  

Throughout the day, competitors took part in both running and sack races, tossing the caber, hammer throw, tug of war and highland dancing. 

Pipe bands and Highland dancers also performed at the gathering, which is organised by the Braemar Royal Highland Society.  

The royal stunned the 15,000 spectators with her look and complemented her tailored tweed dress with plum accessories

Autumn appeared relaxed as she walked the grounds at the Highland Games event in September (pictured together)

Autumn appeared relaxed as she walked the grounds at the Highland Games event in September (pictured together) 

Autumn (pictured) complemented her chic tweed coat dress with a deep plum bag and moss green hat by Sally Ann Provan

Autumn (pictured) complemented her chic tweed coat dress with a deep plum bag and moss green hat by Sally Ann Provan

Autumn could be seen sharing a laugh with her husband Peter and at another stage leaned in to joke with Prince Charles.

But despite the happy display, it was just months later that they announced their separation to their families. 

Peter and Autumn informed their families of their ‘amicable’ decision to divorce ‘at the end of last year’ after deciding it was ‘the best course of action for their two children and ongoing friendship’.

Autumn made the rare public appearance alongside The Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall and her husband, Peter Phillips

Autumn made the rare public appearance alongside The Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall and her husband, Peter Phillips 

The royals were presented with flowers during the 2019 Braemar Highland Games in Aberdeenshire

The royals were presented with flowers during the 2019 Braemar Highland Games in Aberdeenshire 

The royal family appeared amused as they watched the Highland Games unfold, with Prince Charles leaning towards Autumn to engage in conversation

The royal family appeared amused as they watched the Highland Games unfold, with Prince Charles leaning towards Autumn to engage in conversation

The statement, released by a spokesperson on behalf of the couple yesterday, reveals the former couple have both remained in Gloucestershire to co-parent daughters Savannah, nine, and Isla, seven. 

However it does not address speculation that Autumn might now want to return to live in her native Canada with their children, who have dual citizenship.

It has been suggested that Autumn might be in some way inspired by the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are now living in Canada with son Archie after quitting their roles as senior royals. 

Buckingham Palace’s statement 

‘After informing HM The Queen and members of both families last year, Peter and Autumn jointly agreed to separate.

‘They had reached the conclusion that this was the best course of action for their two children and ongoing friendship. The decision to divorce and share custody came about after many months of discussions and although sad, is an amicable one.

‘The couple’s first priority will remain the continued well being and upbringing of their wonderful daughters Savannah and Isla.

‘Both families were naturally sad at the announcement, but fully supportive of Peter and Autumn in the joint decision to co-parent their children.

‘Both Peter and Autumn have remained in Gloucestershire to bring up their two children where they have been settled for a number of years. Peter and Autumn have requested privacy and compassion for their children while the family continues to adapt to these changes.’

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