Wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall
Saturday 30 July was another proud day for the British Monarchy, when the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips and finance Mike Tindall were married at a private wedding ceremony in Edinburgh.
Despite expressing a wish for a private and relatively quiet wedding, the couple were greeted by more than 6,000 well-wishers who had gathered on the narrow streets of Edinburgh to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds. Zara and Mike waved to the crowds and shared a kiss outside the city’s Canongate Kirk.
Zara looked stunning in a full-length ivory silk gown with silk tulle detail, designed by Stewart Parvin, a favourite designer of the Queen, and a pair of shoes by Jimmy Choo. Her mother, The Princess Royal, lent Zara a ‘Greek Key’ diamond tiara, which complimented the full veil, exquisitely held back from Zara’s face as she held her bouquet of flowers.
The brides’ father, Captain Mark Phillips, accompanied Zara to the church where she arrived seven minutes late for her 3pm service. The service lasted for 45 minutes and was conducted by Canongate’s resident minister Reverend Neil Gardner.
The couple left the service in a Bentley and were driven 400-yeards to Holyroodhouse Palace for their wedding reception. A marquee was erected in the piazza of the Palace where guests enjoyed a military band and a champagne reception, followed by a Scottish themed dinner.
During their evening reception Zara reportedly changed into a gown by Dublin couturier Paulo Costelloe.
There will be no immediate honeymoon for the newlyweds as Zara and Mike are set to return to training for their sporting commitments.