It’s confirmed – there will be a ‘royal’ wedding this summer in Edinburgh!
Zara Phillips, the daughter of Princess Anne, will marry her long-time beau and rugby star Mike Tindall at Canongate Kirk on July 30. Although Zara doesn’t hold a royal title (her mother refused honorary titles for her children to allow them a normal life), she is the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and 13th in line to the throne.
She was appointed an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 2007 for her services to equestrianism. A former Eventing World Champion, Zara was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2006, an award her mother also won for equine sports in 1971.
Just as with horses, a love for Scotland must run in the family. The last royal wedding to be held in the country was Princess Anne’s second marriage in 1992.
Buckingham Palace has stressed that Mike and Zara’s wedding will be a private affair, unlike Prince William’s (Zara’s cousin) forthcoming nuptials in April. The 17th century church, located on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, will apparently cost the couple only £300 to use. A reception will be held at the nearby Holyroodhouse Palace.