Mark Phillips
Equestrian
Mark Phillips
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, with whom he had two children. He remains a leading figure in British equestrian circles, a noted designer of showjumping circuits, and a columnist in Horse & Hound magazine.
Biography
Mark Phillips's personal information overview.
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Is climate tourism the key to funding future environmental research?
CBS News - 10 days
With climate-change skeptics in the White House, scientists are growing concerned about the future of funding their research. Mark Phillips went to the bottom of the world to find out about the future of environmental research in the Trump era.
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Penguin population plummeting in changing Antarctic climate
CBS News - 12 days
Receding glaciers in Antarctica have led to an 85-percent decline in a major population of Adelie penguins. Mark Phillips reports from the bottom of the world.
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Climate Diaries: Shrinking Antarctic ice worries scientists
CBS News - 14 days
Dramatic change is happening at the bottom of the world; A huge chunk of the Antarctic ice sheet is breaking away. Mark Phillips reports on the scientists who are studying the worrying trend.
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British authorities mull arming cops with guns, a break from history
CBS News - about 2 months
In the age of terror, British police is training ten percent of its force to carry guns. It's a break from tradition, as they customarily are only armed with a short club, or truncheon. Mark Phillips reports
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Documentary identifies new culprit in Titanic disaster
CBS News - about 2 months
More than a century after the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean, there are new clues to the cause of the disaster, reports Mark Phillips.
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CBS News recognized for coverage of migrant crisis
CBS News - 2 months
We are proud to announce that CBS News will receive the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. "CBS This Morning" and the "CBS Evening News" are recognized for coverage of migrant crisis in Europe. Over several months, correspondent Charlie D'Agata, Mark Phillips and Holly Williams provided in-depth coverage of the suffering faced by refugees.
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U.S. diplomat becomes reality TV star in Denmark
CBS News - 3 months
The life of an American diplomat overseas may not seem glamorous, but Rufus Gifford is no ordinary envoy. While serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, he found an unlikely calling. Mark Phillips went to Copenhagen to find out how this outspoken diplomat became a reality TV star.
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Dodo skeleton auction shines light on lessons from extinct bird
CBS News - 3 months
In the south of England, an unusual item went up for auction this week: the skeleton of a bird taller and heavier than a turkey that was hunted into extinction centuries ago. Mark Phillips has more.
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Dodo auction highlights humankind's impact on the planet
CBS News - 3 months
A dodo skeleton was sold at auction in England for more than $400,000. The bird, which went extinct centuries ago, is a high-profile example of how humans can impact nature, if they're not careful. Mark Phillips reports.
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Climate change impacting Rwanda's endangered mountain gorillas
CBS News - 3 months
A drought in Africa has altered the food supply for endangered mountain gorillas. Their problems are made worse by their human neighbors coming into their habitat, looking for food of their own. Mark Phillips reports for his ongoing series, The Climate Diaries.
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World reaction to Trump's election ranging from shock to joy
CBS News - 4 months
Overseas, the reaction to Donald Trump's victory was a mix of shock and fear, as U.S. allies in Europe shuddered at the thought of a diminished NATO. Mark Phillips reports.
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U.S. ambassador to Denmark becomes unlikely reality TV star
CBS News - 4 months
Rufus Gifford, the U.S. ambassador to Denmark and former Obama fundraiser, took the idea of transparency in government to a new level: he let Danish TV cameras film his work and life. His reality show, "I Am the Ambassador," has unexpectedly gained hundreds of thousands of Danish viewers, and is coming to Netflix in the U.S. Mark Phillips reports.
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Creative climate change thinking in The Netherlands
CBS News - 5 months
In CBS News' latest climate change diary report, Mark Phillips visits salt farms in the Netherlands where scientists are developing potatoes, carrots and other plants that will grow in the increasingly salty water in the country's water system.
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Tension fills EU leadership meeting following Brexit
CBS News - 8 months
The Dow gained 248 points Tuesday as anxiety over Britain's divorce from Europe eased -- at least on this side of the world. The leaders of the 28 EU nations met Tuesday in Brussels, and as Mark Phillips reports, it did not go well.
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What's next for the European Union?
CBS News - 8 months
CBS News' Mark Phillips is in the United Kingdom with analysis of the country's vote to pull out of the European Union.
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Osama bin Laden's library revealed
CBS News - almost 2 years
The infamous terrorist had an extensive digital library. As Mark Phillips reports, the digitized books and thousands of internal al Qaeda memos reveal a dark view and a threatening intent toward his sworn American enemy.
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Suspects arrested in Hollywood-style jewelry heist
CBS News - almost 2 years
British police have arrested nine suspects linked to a massive jewelry heist in London. The job was pulled off in April over Easter weekend and netted the thieves millions of dollars in diamonds and other jewelry. Mark Phillips reports on how the thieves were able to break in.
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Naming the royal baby
CBS News - almost 2 years
Anyone who's had a baby or is expecting one knows how difficult it can be to choose a name. But, most of us don't have a nation weighing in with suggestions. Mark Phillips reports on the royal baby name-game.
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Royal family debuts baby princess
CBS News - almost 2 years
The still un-named royal baby weighed in at eight pounds, three ounces. She was born at 8:34 A.M. London time. Mark Phillips reports.
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93-year-old Nazi guard on trial for his role at Auschwitz
CBS News - almost 2 years
Oskar Groening was a member of the Waffen SS stationed at Auschwitz. Now he's on trial in Germany, charged with being an accessory to mass murder. Mark Phillips reports on the case that's already seen testimony from an Auschwitz survivor.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Phillips
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 65
    Mark Phillips's sister Sarah died in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Phillips was educated at Stouts Hill Preparatory School near Uley, Gloucestershire, and Marlborough College, then the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
  • 2012
    Age 63
    On 3 May 2012, it was confirmed by Capt Phillips' solicitors that Phillips and Pflueger had separated, intending to divorce.
    More Details Hide Details Phillips is reported to be in a relationship with US show jumping rider Lauren Hough. The couple are reported to be planning to live together in Wellington, Florida. Phillips' personal wealth is thought to be in the range of £15–20 million, although he gained only a small settlement when his marriage to Anne, Princess Royal ended. See also List of honours of the British Royal Family by country Orders
  • FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 48
    On 1 February 1997, Phillips married Sandy Pflueger, an American Olympic dressage rider.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter Stephanie was born on 2 October 1997.
  • 1989
    Age 40
    In 1989 the Princess Royal and Mark Phillips announced their intention to separate, as the marriage had been under strain for a number of years. The couple divorced on 23 April 1992.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 36
    In August 1985, Phillips fathered a daughter, Felicity, as a result of an extramarital affair with New Zealand art teacher Heather Tonkin.
    More Details Hide Details Phillips was confirmed as the father as a result of DNA testing during a paternity suit in 1991.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 29
    Phillips retired from the Army on 30 March 1978.
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  • 1975
    Age 26
    Phillips was substantively promoted to Captain in July 1975.
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  • 1974
    Age 25
    In January 1974, Phillips was appointed a Personal Aide-de-Camp to Queen Elizabeth II.
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  • 1973
    Age 24
    Phillips married Princess Anne on 14 November 1973, at Westminster Abbey.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children: The Queen is believed to have offered him a peerage on his wedding day, which he declined. 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 "The Honourable", or as "Lord" or "Lady". The Queen bought the couple Gatcombe Park near Minchinhampton as a wedding present. The Prince of Wales is believed to have originated the nickname "Foggy" on the grounds that he was "thick and wet".
    By the time of his wedding to Princess Anne in November 1973, Phillips was an acting Captain.
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  • 1971
    Age 22
    Phillips was a four-time champion at the Badminton Horse Trials, in 1971–72 on Great Ovation, in 74 on Colombus and 1981 on Lincoln.
    More Details Hide Details It was through his equestrian activities that he met Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Their daughter Zara won a silver medal in the three-day event with the British team in 2012. In 1998, Phillips designed the cross-country venue for the Red Hills Horse Trials, a qualifying event for the Olympics located in Tallahassee, Florida, United States. He is now a regular columnist in Horse & Hound magazine. He also remains a leading figure in British equestrian circles, and serves as Chef d'Equipe of the United States Eventing Team.
  • 1969
    Age 20
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Born
    Born on September 22, 1948.
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