“Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater.” Everyone knows him from the nursery rhyme, but there’s more to Peter than just his love for gourds. Historically, Simon Peter was the most important apostle to Jesus, who gave him the name Peter, which comes from the Greek “petros” (rock), to signify Peter’s role as the dependable one who would help Jesus grow Christianity; as a result, his name became well-known to Christians everywhere. Other Peters who have brought fame to this solid, traditional name are Peter Rabbit, Peter Pan and Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones.”
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The son of Anne, the Princess Royal, and Mark Phillips, Peter was born on November 15, 1977, in London, and is Queen Elizabeth II’s oldest grandchild. He and his sister, Zara, don't have honorary titles (at the request of their mother when they were born). But Peter is still No. 13 in the line of succession to the throne. Instead of participating in public service, Peter—who has a degree in sports science from the University of Exeter—works in the private sector, most recently in sports management. He’s married to Autumn and has two daughters, Savannah and Isla.
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