Zara Tindall’s gorgeous wedding gave a heartfelt nod to Grandma Queen – best photos

Rachel Avery

It’s been eleven years since Zara Tindal (née Phillips) married her husband mike tindal in Scotland.

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The 41-year-old Olympian and 43-year-old former rugby player married on July 30, 2011 at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, just three months after Zara’s cousin. Prince Williamthe royal wedding with Kate Middleton. Princess Anne’s daughter clearly had her grandmother the Queen close to her heart when planning her big day as she included several special nods to the monarch, such as her wedding reception and sentimental bridal attire.

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Zara married her longtime boyfriend Mike the Canongate Kirk on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Arriving at the church, Zara Philips looked calm and collected as she and her father, Captain Mark Philips, entered Canongate Kirk. The bride’s father couldn’t have looked happier as he walked his only daughter down the aisle to her husband-to-be.

The bride was a vision in an ivory silk dress made by designer Stewart Parvin, one of her grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s favorite designers. Simple yet sculpted, the graceful dress shape accentuated her enviable figure and showcased Zara’s natural charm.

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She added a precious Greek tiara which belongs to her mother, Princess Anne. The “something borrowed” coin consists of a brilliant cut diamond surrounded by a shimmering crown. He was born into Greece’s royal family, with Prince Philip’s mother Alice gifting the tiara to Queen Elizabeth II – and the Queen then passed it on to her daughter, Princess Anne.

Zara was accompanied by her bridesmaid, horse trainer Dolly Maude, whose six-year-old son Ted, godson of Miss Phillips, acted as pageboy. The flowergirls were Stephanie Phillips, half-sister of Miss Phillips, the daughter of Captain Mark Phillips and his second wife Sandy Pflueger, Nell Maude, Jaz Jocelyn and Hope Balshaw. All the young girls wore dresses by Sue Palmer, a local seamstress.

The Royal Trio; Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Prince William were spotted laughing and smiling outside the church before heading inside for the ceremony.

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Not wanting to upstage the bride, Kate wore an understated but stunning embroidered nude dress coat and matching pumps. Prince William’s new wife finished her look with an asymmetrical wide-brimmed hat with a flower detail.

The mother of the bride, Princess Anne, looked striking in a peach dress, a cream and pink embroidered jacket and an elaborate lace and flower fascinator.

Zara’s uncle, Prince Charles, and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, traveled from London to Edinburgh to take part in the then 30-year-old man’s special day. Camilla looked lovely in a very pale green coat dress and floral headpiece.

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Zara’s grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and the late Prince Philip, looked incredibly proud as they left the church. The queen looked lovely in a pastel pink ensemble and accessorized with a beautiful diamond brooch.

Stylish sisters! Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie the two hit the right fashion notes with their fun and fashionable outfits at the wedding. Beatrice opted for a blue Angela Kelly ensemble and a pair of nude pumps, while her younger sister Eugenie opted for a cream and brown number from the same designer.

Making sure to arrive at the church on time, Mike Tindall arrived an hour and a quarter early at the wedding venue. Excited about his impending nuptials, the rugby star sported a wide smile on his face and looked happy and relaxed as he waved to the crowds outside the church.

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Mike couldn’t wipe the smile off his face as he walked out of the church with his new bride.

The newlyweds were pictured looking loved at their wedding reception, which took place at the Queen’s official Scottish residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The couple got engaged in 2010 and England rugby player Mike Tindall decided to design his own ring for his future royal bride, rather than choosing a family heirloom. The beautiful piece of jewelry features a single solitaire diamond in the center, surrounded by pavé diamonds on a split platinum band.

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