Princess Anne’s wedding to Mark Phillips sparked Queen’s hilarious prediction about their future kids

The Queen reportedly showcased her sense of humor after Princess Anne's wedding to Mark Phillips with a remark about what their kids could be like...

Princess Anne's wedding to Mark Phillips sparked remark from the Queen; seen here are Princess Anne and Captain Phillips and the Queen at different occasions
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Princess Anne’s wedding to Mark Phillips reportedly sparked a hilarious prediction from the Queen about their future kids.  

In his upcoming book, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, author and reported friend of Queen Consort Camilla, Gyles Brandreth is said to have made several shocking revelations, including his claim that the Queen secretly battled illness in the months before her death. However, this isn’t the only royal anecdote he’s understood to have shared and Gyles has apparently celebrated the Queen’s sense of humor with one in particular. 

Known for her witty remarks, according to, Gyles reportedly has suggested that the late monarch made a pretty hilarious prediction after Princess Anne’s wedding to Mark Phillips about their future kids.

Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Mark Phillips wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their wedding

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The Princess Royal and Captain Phillip’s children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall are the oldest of the late Queen’s grandchildren. They aren’t working royals and Princess Anne’s very forward-thinking reason for turning down titles for them has been disclosed in recent years. Nevertheless they’re prominent members of the Royal Family and have regularly been spotted enjoying Christmas at Sandringham and Trooping the Color at Buckingham Palace

They also apparently featured in remark made by the Queen after Princess Anne’s wedding to Mark Phillips. Gyles is said to have claimed that the Queen wittily remarked, “I shouldn’t wonder if their children are four-legged”.  

This might sound like a rather strange prediction, but it’s said to have reflect Princess Anne and Captain Phillips’ shared passion for horse-riding. They enjoyed illustrious horse-riding careers and they even met on the equestrian circuit before they married in 1973.

Princess Anne, the Princess Royal and her husband Mark Phillips at an equestrian event

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Three years after their nuptials, Princess Anne’s Olympic career kicked off when she represented Great Britain at the 1976 Montreal Olympics riding one of the Queen's horses. Sadly, the Queen’s daughter didn’t win a medal but Captain Phillips won gold at the 1972 Munich Olympics. 

Following in her parents’ successful footsteps, Zara Tindall made the Queen’s tongue-in-cheek prediction at least partly come true when she also pursued an equestrian career. 

Zara Phillips of Great Britain riding High Kingdom in action in the Show Jumping Equestrian event

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Princess Anne awarded Zara her silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics and Zara’s passion for horses has continued to this day, attending various horse-riding events across the country. Her brother Peter, however, hasn’t taken this horse-focused path in life and has instead worked at major companies ranging from Jaguar to the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The Queen’s reported remark could be seen to have displayed her understanding for just how important horses are to both her daughter and son-in-law and the late monarch had a similar passion for these beautiful creatures.

Queen Elizabeth II watches her horse 'Balmoral Leia' win the 'Horse & Hound Mountain & Moorland Supreme In Hand Championship'

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Ahead of her Platinum Jubilee weekend, Queen Elizabeth was pictured beaming as she watched the Royal Windsor Horse Show - one of her favorite annual events held near Windsor Castle. The Queen’s pony, Emma, even helped pay tribute to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch at her funeral, highlighting how these animals held a special place in her heart, just as they do for Princess Anne, Captain Phillips and Zara Tindall. 

Emma Shacklock

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