As so much was made of the “private” nature of this royal wedding in Scotland, the public was very much a part of the special day. The Queen’s eldest granddaughter, Zara Phillips, has married rugby star Mike Tindall at Canongate Krik in Scotland with hundreds of people lining the streets, even some waiting overnight. Zara, daughter of Princess Anne, is 13th in line to the throne and the Palace confirmed that after the wedding she will keep her maiden name due to sporting and sponsor committments. Mike Tindall is one of the key players on the English rugby team and is often referred to as the heart of the team. As expected, the royals were there is large numbers, one of the first to arrive and give a warm wave to the crowd was the mother of the bride, HRH the Princess Royal wearing a floral jacket with her hair in an up ‘do. Among the royal set – TRH TRH the Earl and Countess of Strathearn (Prince and Princess William) arrived later with the Countess wearing a champagne-colored coat, which she previously wore to Laura Parker Bowles’ wedding in 2006. Many eyes were on HRH Princess Beatrice due to the hat disaster-turned-fundraiser incident at Prince William’s wedding. Royal watchers had to be thrilled as she looked stunning a bright blue outfit with embellished skirt and suit jacket. As both she and her father and sister arrived, they, as every royal did, acknowledged the cheers of the crowd with a warm wave. After much speculation on whom the maid-of-honor and best man would be, Dolly Maude did the duty for Zara and fellow rugby player Iain Balshaw stood up for Mr. Tindall. Mr. Balshaw, unfortunately, was injured in an accident just days before the wedding and looks awfully banged up. The ceremony in total lasted 45 minutes, after which the couple emerged from the kirk and gave the crowd a kiss. The crowd responded with loud cheers of approval. The beaming bride and groom then headed to the Palace at Holyroodhouse where the Queen has lent use of the Palace for a reception site.
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Sources: Daily Mail, NBC