Queen Elizabeth II's grandson, Peter Phillips and his wife, native Montrealer Autumn Kelly, have announced that they are seeking a divorce.\nThe little-known Canadian addition to the Royal Family attended McGill and met her soon-to-be-ex at the Montreal Grand Prix.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nIf you, like me, were ignorant of the fact that there was a Canadian in the Royal Family until very recently, don't worry. We're all coming to terms with this news at our own pace, apparently. When word came out that the son of Princess Anne and grandson to Queen Elizabeth II, Peter Phillips, would be divorcing Autumn Kelly, his wife since 2008, it suddenly became clear to me that a Montrealer was a member of the most famous family in the world — and I had had no idea this whole time.\nAutumn Kelly became Autumn Phillips in September of 2008 and went on to have two daughters with Peter, named Savannah Anne Kathleen and Isla Elizabeth.\nNeither Kelly, the girls, nor Peter holds a title. The Queen's grandson is simply called Master Phillips, as his parents refused the offer to include him in the peerage or allow him to hold a courtesy title.\nStill, the girls are counted in line to the throne, and Autumn Kelly will always be the first Canadian to be a member of the British royal family, even if she and Peter have now decided to call it quits.\nHere are some other fun facts about the former Montrealer turned semi-Royal!\nShe graduated from McGill University in 2002\nView this post on Instagram May 3, 1978 – Birth of Autumn Kelly, wife of Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne of the United Kingdom, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada Autumn is the daughter of Kathleen "Kitty" (née McCarthy) and Brian Kelly, an electricity company executive. She has a twin brother Christopher "Chris", and her older brother Kevin. Autumn's family continued to live in the Pointe-Claire area, where she attended a Roman Catholic primary school, and then St. Thomas High School, a Roman Catholic foundation. Autumn then attended McGill University, during which time she worked as a bartender, model, and actress. Autumn graduated from McGill in 2002, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian studies, whereupon she started a career as a management consultant. Autumn attended the 2003 Canadian Grand Prix, where she met Peter Phillips – who was, at the time, working for WilliamsF1 while interviewing with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service – though she did not know until six weeks later, when she saw him on television, that he was Queen Elizabeth II's grandson. She then moved to the United Kingdom, living with Phillips in a Kensington, London, apartment and a cottage on the Gatcombe Park estate, and, though before meeting Phillips she had accepted a job with an American computer firm in England. Autumn's engagement to Peter Phillips was announced on 28 July 2007. Prior to the marriage, Autumn converted from Roman Catholicism to Anglicanism; had she remained Catholic after her marriage, her husband would have lost his place in the line of succession to the throne, per the provisions of the Act of Settlement 1701. This scenario drew attention to the Act of Settlement's bar on Catholics ascending to the throne, and prompted calls in both Canada and the United Kingdom for the respective prime ministers to address the issue. The couple married on 17 May 2008, at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. The couple have two daughters. Their daughters have dual citizenship, and are the first Canadian citizens to be in the line of succession to the thrones of the Commonwealth realms. A post shared by Royalty Thru The Ages (@royaltythrutheages) on May 3, 2018 at 3:37pm PDT\nKelly received a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies while working as a model, a bartender, and an actress. She went on to work in management, which led to her meeting with Phillips.\nIt took her 6 weeks to realize she was dating a Royal\nHappy Birthday to Autumn Kelly, wife of Peter Phillips the son of Princess Anne. Autumn was born #OTD in 1978 in Montreal, Quebec 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/RNLOD4ny4x— Royal Circular (@Royal_Circular) May 2, 2018\nAfter meeting at the Montreal Grand Prix in 2003 during a Formula One after-party, Kelly admitted she found out Peter, the man she was dating, was Prince William's first cousin on TV.\nHer engagement ring was reportedly worth £80,000\nView this post on Instagram Engagement rings . . Which are your favorites?? My favorites are Margaret, Camilla, Diana/Catherine and Gabriella . . . . . . . . . . #princewilliam #katemiddleton #dukeofcambridge #duchessofcambridge #catherinemiddleton #princegeorge #princesscharlotte #princelouis #williamandkate #britishroyalfamily #britishroyals #queenelizabeth #princessdiana #ladydiana #dianaspencer #princesscamilla #duchesscamilla #duchessofcornwall #duchesssarah #princesseugenie #countesssophie #princessanne #autumnphillips #zaratindall #princessofkent #princessmargaret #ladygabriella #ladygabriellawindsor #pippamiddleton #royalengagement A post shared by William and Kate (@kingwilliam.and.queencatherine) on Aug 29, 2019 at 3:52pm PDT\nThat's a whopping $138,480 in Canadian dollars.\nThe ring is white gold with three stones, with the centre diamond in the shape of an oval.\nShe was married at Windsor Castle & the reception took place at Frogmore House\nView this post on Instagram Frogmore House is a 17th-century English country house owned by the Crown Estate. The house is situated within the Frogmore Estate, which is itself located within the grounds of the Home Park, Windsor, Berkshire. Half a mile south of Windsor Castle, Frogmore was let to a number of tenants until the late 18th century, when it was used intermittently as a residence for several members of the royal family. A post shared by Palaces and Castles (@royalmemory) on Jul 16, 2019 at 11:41am PDT\nHarry and Meghan were also married at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle and celebrated their reception at Frogmore House.\nThe estate also includes Frogmore Cottage, where Harry and Meghan lived after the birth of Archie until the recent move to North America.\nShe was the first Canadian to join the British Royal Family\nView this post on Instagram #BREAKING Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly confirmed the news, couple is divorcing after 12 years, they say it’s the best for their daughters. . . . #royalnews #peterphillips #autumnkelly #divorce #britishroyalfamily #britishroyals #princessanne #sadnews A post shared by Eugenia Garavani (@eugeniagaravani) on Feb 11, 2020 at 2:59am PST\nKelly's wedding to Peter Phillips marked "the first wedding of the royal next generation and was attended by tons of nobility.\nHer daughters were Queen Elizabeth II's first two great-grandchildren\nView this post on Instagram Happy Birthday to Savannah Phillips . . She is the eldest great-grandchildren of Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh; Her parents are Peter and Autumn Phillips (Peter is Prince William's cousin). She is one granddaughter of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips . . She is 16th in succession line . . . . . . . . #princegeorge #royalfamily #royalfamilies #royalfamilynews #royalfamiliesofeurope #royalfamilyofengland #Windsor #houseofwindsor #thequeen #queenelizabeth #hermajesty #queenelizabethii #queenelizabeth2 #britishroyalfamily #britishroyals #royal #royals #royalty #hrh #happybirthday #happybirthdayhrh #peterphillips #savannahphillips #islaphillips #miatindall #lenaelizabeth #lenaelizabethtindall #autumnphillips A post shared by William and Kate (@kingwilliam.and.queencatherine) on Dec 29, 2019 at 4:29am PST\nSavannah Anne Kathleen, pictured above, and her younger sister, Isla Elizabeth, were Queen Elizabeth's first two great-grandchildren, as they were the first grandchildren of her daughter, Princess Anne.\nSavannah & Isla are technically in line for the thrown\nSavannah Phillips😂 pic.twitter.com/N1os7QWrFR— Omid Scobie (@scobie) June 9, 2018\nPrincess Royal, Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, is 14th in line to the British throne. Her son, Peter is therefore 15th, making his daughters 16th and 17th in line to the throne, respectively.\nView this post on Instagram Wishing Autumn Phillips a very happy birthday 🥳🥳🥳 Peter Phillips’ wife and mummy to Savanna and Isla turns 41 today 🎂 #autumnphillips A post shared by Windsor Royal Family (@windsor.royal.family) on May 3, 2019 at 2:16am PDT\nAnd a bonus fact, which comes as no surprise: royal or not, Autumn Kelly is one of the most fashionable women to walk the halls of Buckingham Palace.