Royals gather as Zara weds at Scottish kirk
Pair to marry in ‘low key’ celebration
T H E Q u e e n ’ s g r a n ddaughter Zara Phillips and England rugby star Mike Tindall were to marry today.
The couple were to exchange vows in Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk surrounded by their families and friends.
But their nuptials were being billed as a low-key affair – in stark contrast to the recent wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
William and Kate’s televised marriage was watched by a worldwide audience of hundreds of millions and attended by a host of celebrities and dignitaries.
The doors of the church where Mike, 32, will first catch sight of his 30-year-old bride in her wedding gown, were to be closed to the press and public when the ceremony begins at 3pm. The groom is also likely to feature in an England rugby match against Wales next Saturday.
A spokeswoman for the royal family would not divulge any details of the nuptials ahead of the event, stressing it was a private family affair.
The wedding dress worn by Zara Phillips was likely to be a traditional one but may still retain a sense of the royal’s exuberant personality, a fashion expert has predicted.
Ahost of British designers have been available for the bride to choose from to create her gown.
Favourites who may have been considered for the commission range from Stewart Parvin, who creates outfits for the Queen, to Bruce Oldfield – a favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales – and Amanda Wakeley and Alice Temperley.
YACHT: Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall were joined by, inset, Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.