Zara Phillips Weds Rugby Player Mike Tindall in Edinburgh
Queen Elizabeth’s oldest granddaughter, Zara Phillips, married her longtime boyfriend, rugby player Mike Tindall, at the Canongate Kirk on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh this afternoon. The bride looked resplendent in an ivory dress by designer Stuart Parvin, which featured a corseted waist and chevron-pleated bodice and wide silk tulle shoulder straps that perfectly matched her veil. For “something borrowed,” she wore the Greek-style Meander tiara, lent by her mother, Princess Anne.
The wedding, low key by royal standards, was attended by the Queen as well as the bride’s now-divorced parents, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, among other notable royals. Crowds lined the streets to cheer on the newlyweds, though the numbers were considerably fewer than the massive throngs that celebrated the April wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
After the newlyweds exited the church and happily posed for photographs, which included the now-expected royal kiss, they left the church for a reception at Holyrood Palace, the queen’s official residence in Scotland.
The couple’s honeymoon will be delayed, however, because both Phillips, who plans to keep her last name, and Tindall have sports-related commitments. Phillips, an avid equestrian, plans to compete at the Festival of British Eventing next weekend, and Tindall is scheduled to play rugby for England.