Another glorious day for the Royal Family under beautiful Edinburgh sunshine as Zara Phillips, the Queen’s eldest granddaughter, marries rugby captain Mike Tindall. This year’s second Royal Wedding couldn’t be more different than the global April 29 event, but it was equally beautiful and executed to perfection.

6,000 people lined the streets of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to catch a glimpse of the bride, groom, the royal family and a host of sporting personalities as they came in and out of the Canongate Kirk church. It was a very private wedding, but the UK media did their best in bringing the goods.

Zara wore a romantic full-length ivory silk gown with silk tulle detail, designed by the Queen’s favourite couturier Stewart Parvin. Her blonde hair was swept up, and her head sparkled with diamonds from the Greek Key tiara lent by her mother.


The radiant bride and her proud granny 


Princesses Beatrice & Eugenie both wore Angela Kelly.  The Duchess of Cambridge, keen not to upstage the bride, recycled almost everything she wore (except the hat).  The champagne brocade coat dress was first seen on her during Laura Parker-Bowles’ wedding back in 2006.  Complete details on Kate’s look on What Kate Wore. 


Zara & Mikes official wedding photo 

The happy couple left the Kirk in a Bentley for the 400-yard journey to Holyroodhouse for the reception. For the newlyweds, there will be no immediate honeymoon. Instead, in keeping with their down-to-earth approach, they will go back to work – Zara will head off to the Gatcombe International Horse Trials while her husband will return to training.

Also announced: Zara Phillips is to retain her maiden name for public sporting purposes.

Congratulations to Zara & Mike!




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The Day Before the Wedding…

On Friday morning, dressed down Zara & Mike were at Canongate Kirk for a wedding rehearsal. In the afternoon, they hosted a pre-wedding cocktail party aboard the Royal yacht Britannia.  Britannia was decommissioned in 1997 and is now a museum.  The younger royals — William, Kate, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice (who brought boyfriend Dave Clark), and a dateless Prince Harry joined in the celebrations.

A kiss before parting after the wedding rehearsal.  Zara & Mike disembark from the Britannia after their pre-wedding cocktail party 


Single file: the young royals headed the Countess of Wessex.  Check out Beatrice’s butterfly belt!  Right: Radiant newlyweds William & Kate were keen not to steal the spotlight from the bride & groom.  And once again, Kate recycled her green DVF dress 


Prince Harry was dateless for his cousin’s wedding.  William & Kate — who are known as the Earl & Countess of Strathearn when in Scotland –  arrive for pre-wedding cocktails. 

Article: The day before the wedding (includes pictures)
Pictures: Rex Features | Getty Images
Video: The day before: boarding the Britannia + rehearsal