Estranged royal couple Peter and Autumn Phillips arrived together for day one of the
The former couple, who announced their split last month, appeared sombre as they arrived for the start of the four-day meet, which is held less than an hour away from their former family home at Gatcombe Park, Princess Anne’s Gloucestershire estate.
Mother-of-two Autumn looked smart in what appeared to be a pair of black straight leg trousers and black pussy-bow blouse, which she wore under a green blazer. The stylish royal finished the look with a black hat.
Peter and Autumn Phillips put on a united front despite their separation by arriving at the Cheltenham Festival together today
Meanwhile Peter Phillips, the Queen’s eldest grandchild, looked dapper in a blue suit, navy overcoat and tweed cap.
Peter’s mother Princess Anne, sister Zara Tindall and brother-in-law Mike Tindall are all expected to attend Cheltenham this week.
Autumn and Peter announced last month that they have separated and confirmed they would continue to live in Gloucestershire and co-parent their children.
Autumn is usually only seen at official engagements, and was last pictured with Peter in Scotland with Prince Charles and the Queen during the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering at the Fife Memorial Park, Braemar, in September.
Prior to that, the private mother-of-three was seen on a family outing with Peter and their daughters at Gatcombe Park, alongside Zara and Mike Tindall, and their children.
It was reported last month that 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’.
The statement, released by a spokesperson on behalf of the couple, revealed the former couple have both remained in Gloucestershire to co-parent daughters Savannah, nine, and Isla, seven.
The statement issued by Gerard Franklin, their official spokesperson, reads: ‘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.’