The year of royal romance continued on July 30, 2011 as Zara Phillips, the daughter of Princess Anne, said “I do” to rugby star Mike Tindall.
Although she holds no royal title, Zara was a regal presence as she stepped out of a Rolls Royce and into a sun-blessed day. Sharing her happiness with the public, the bride waved to the 6,500 well wishers who had waited along Edinburgh’s The Royal Mile for a glimpse at all the glamor before she walked through a hydrangea and rose-decorated doorway which led her toward the start of the next chapter in her life.
Once inside Canongate Kirk, family and friends– newlyweds The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and stars from the world of sports as well as the small screen including racing legend Jackie Stewart, rugby player Johnny Wilkinson and Coronation Street‘s Katherine Kelly– turned their eyes toward the bride as she strolled with her father to the altar, where her soon-to-be husband waited to make her his wife.
In a nod to the couture customs of her grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, the bride chose as the designer of her wedding wear Stewart Parvin, who created a fairy tale frock of silk faille and duchess satin, its beauty complemented by a bouquet of calla lilies and thistle, a diaphanous tulle veil which clung to the Greek Key tiara, and a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes which bore the bride down the aisle, the Telegraph reports.
Following a 45-minute ceremony, the newly-dubbed Mr. and Mrs. shared a kiss outside of the 17th century house of worship before heading to a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Get a well-wisher’s view of the happy couple in the following clip from ITN News:
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