The wedding of the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, and her rugby star beloved, Mike Tindall, took place on a fine sunny day today, July 30. With the narrow Royal Mile streets of Old Town Edinburgh crammed full of well-wishers, a string of Royals and sports personalities showed up at Canongate Kirk in their finest.
Derek Potter, the Queen’s piper, played a long stream of elegantly clad senior Royals into the church; Reverend Neil Garden greeted them at the door. Present were the Earl and Countess of Wessex; Prince Andrew with his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie; the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay (Prince Charles and Camilla); Prince Harry; the Earl and Countess of Strathearn (Prince William and Catherine); Princess Anne and Admiral Timothy Laurence; and the Queen and Prince Philip. Andrew Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall’s ex, and of course Captain Mark Phillips, father of the bride, were among other peers present. (See pictures of Zara Phillips’ wedding.)
Despite the fashion and Royal family extravaganza, all eyes were watching for the bride, who showed up with her father, Captain Mike Phillips, in a limousine. Zara’s dress proved simultaneously modern and traditional, with a sleeveless, form-fitting gown initially covered by a long (“cathedral-length”), romantic tulle veil. This veil attached to the Greek Key tiara, lent by her mother, for another blended modern-traditional look. The Guardian reported that the ivory Stewart Parvin gown was made from silk faille (a softened silk) and silk duchess satin; the shoes, meanwhile, were Jimmy Choo.
Dolly Maude, Zara’s best friend, was Maid of Honor, said The Sun; Zara also chose five younger attendants. These were her half-sister, Stephanie Phillips; Jaz Jocelyn, a friend’s daughter; Hope Bradshaw, the best man’s daughter; and Dolly’s two children, Ted and Nell. Dolly Maude’s dress was also Stewart Parvin, but the girls’ dresses were made by Scottish designer Sue Palmer, and Ted’s kilt was Balmoral tartan.
Zara carried a modest bouquet of white lilies with green and white accents, possibly heather and ornamental thistle, both Scottish symbols. She waved to the crowds as she entered Canongate Kirk. Post-wedding, the veil was pushed back and served double duty as train; the couple emerged, with Zara seeming almost shy at first, to cheers. They kissed joyously in front of the church, to universal approval. An emotional-looking Princess Anne waved off her daughter, and then the Royals all adjourned to Holyroodhouse Palace, where a private reception is currently underway.
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- Zara and Mike rehearse, hold reception
- Kate, the Queen, and their jewels
Sources: Getty Images; The Guardian; The Sun; The Mirror; The Daily Mail
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