The British royal family was out again in their finest attire (and craziest hats), this time to celebrate the wedding of Prince William’s cousin.
Another one of the queen’s grandchildren has tied the knot, though it a ceremony much tamer than April’s royal wedding. Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne and 13th in line to England’s throne, married British rugby player Mike Tindall in Edinburgh, Scotland on Saturday.
Wait a tick, Zara who? After all, you’re more likely to see this couple in the sports pages than the tabloids. Phillips, 30, is a veritable member of the royal family, though she doesn’t use any sort of title. And as an accomplished equestrian, she’s perhaps better known for her sporting prowess than her royal connections. Indeed, she’s a likely candidate to compete in the sport in the 2012 Olympics.
And in the classic case of similar interests colliding, her newly-minted husband is is 32-year-old Mike Tindall, a rugby player for Gloucester and has in the past captained England’s national team. And because of their storied sports careers, they won’t become Mr. and Mrs. Tindall – Phillips will keep her maiden name, simply for the recognition factor.
While the wedding was kept out of the public’s view, onlookers gazed upon the royal guests as they proceeded into Canongate Kirk in the Scottish capital. The crowd erupted as the original royal couple, William and Catherine, pulled up in a car with Prince Harry. The ceremony itself was kept out of the eye of television cameras, and police warned well-wishers that there’d be little to see.
One British journalist referred to the couple as “Mr. and Mrs. Laid Back,” a moniker certainly befitting of their tame ceremony (though their glitzy yacht blowout last night for friends and family might not support that claim). After the service, the guests filed into nearby Holyrood Palace, the official Scotland residence of the Queen, for a private reception – one that likely won’t last all night like the post-nuptial celebration of Will and Kate. But we hope there will still be bacon sandwiches.
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