Zara Phillips & Mike Tindall

So some of you might be asking, “who is this, and why is this post tagged as a royal wedding?” Yes- there are other royals besides Queen Elizabeth II, Charles (and wife I don’t approve of), William & Catherine and Harry. In fact, there is a current list of about 29 OTHER royal families. But anyway…back to royal wedding related news. Zara Phillips, cousin to Prince William and Harry, wed Mike Tindall, captain of England’s rugby team, July 30 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The ceremony took place at Canongate Kirk which dates back to the 17 century. Only 300 were in attendance and an estimated 6,000 joined the festivities outside.

The groom and his entourage (he’s the bald one)

Aren’t they cute!

Zara and her father. She wore a silk and satin gown by Stewart Parvin and a borrowed tiara from her mother Princess Anne.

Clips from an article via The Telegrpah:

The 30 year-old Miss Phillips, once known as the “royal rebel”, sprang a surprise when it emerged that she would not take Mr Tindall’s name following their marriage.

The decision to keep her maiden name was taken because of her success as a world champion equestrian – and was very much in the spirit of the day.

Miss Phillips, who is 13th in line to the throne, had spent her final night as a single woman partying on the Royal Yacht Britannia with younger guests and stayed at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official Scottish residence.

She arrived at the 17th century kirk shortly after 3pm and just five minutes late, in a black Bentley, looking happy and relaxed, and accompanied by her father, Captain Mark Phillips.


Miss Phillips had chosen an off-the-peg ivory silk faille and silk duchesse satin gown by Stewart Parvin, a couturier to both the Queen and the Princess Royal.

The dress featured a chevron-pleated bodice, a dropped waist, and a “cathedral-length” train, and was designed to create a “bell-shaped” silhouette.

It was chosen from the White Room boutique in Minchinhampton, Glos, near her mother’s Gatcombe estate – a low-key choice in contrast to the Duchess of Cambridge’s Alexander McQueen design.

The bride also wore a Greek Key diamond tiara given to her by her mother, the Princess Royal.

Her pared-down, natural make-up was from Bobbi Brown, while her hair was worn in a swept-up chignon, styled by Evangelos Tsaipkinis, of the Mayfair salon Michael John.

The bride was accompanied by her maid of honour, the horse trainer Dolly Maude, whose six-year-old son Ted, six, Miss Phillips’ godson, acted as page boy.

The bridesmaids were Stephanie Phillips, Miss Phillips’s half-sister, the daughter of Captain Mark Phillips and his second wife Sandy Pflueger, Nell Maude, Jaz Jocelyn and Hope Balshaw. All wore dresses by Sue Palmer, a local dressmaker.


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