The Queen’s Granddaughter, Zara Phillips, Marries Her Rugby Player. Princess Anne’s daughter gets married.
The Queen’s Granddaughter, Zara Phillips, Marries Her Rugby Player
The weekend festivities began on Friday evening with a private cocktail reception held on Royal Yacht Britannia, which was docked in Edinburgh.
Princess Eugenie looked great in red, while her sister, Princess Beatrice, was lovely in purple. Leading the dazzling processional was Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Catherine the Great once again wore a DVF dress she had debuted on her North America trip last month.
The ceremony was held on Saturday afternoon, July 27th at Canongate Kirk, a small Church of Scotland where the Queen worships when she stays in Edinburgh. The church dates back to 1688.
The bride wore an off the shoulder ivory silk faille and duchess satin gown by Stewart Parvin who is the personal couturier to the Queen. Her cream pumps were by Jimmy Choo.
She arrived at the church on the arm of her father, Capt. Mark Phillips, the first husband of Princess Anne.
Her silk veil was held in place by the Meander Tiara, the bride’s “Something Borrowed”. The Greek Key tiara was loaned by her mother, Princess Anne. The bridal bouquet of calla lilies which was created by Paul Thomas.
The back of the gown featured silk tulle straps that gathered into a “V” shape. This topped a row of covered buttons and simple pleating at the waist.
The groom wore a morning suit which featured a grey vest, black coat tails, and light grey striped trousers.
The 45-minute ceremony featured the Gordonstoun Chamber Choir. The student chorus was from the same Scottish private school which the bride attended as a youth. They performed ‘Gaelic Blessing’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ at the signing of the register. Upon exiting the church the happy couple gave one another a sweet kiss much to the delight of the crowd of well-wishers.
Here you can see the corseted bodice which featured silk tulle gathered at the shoulders. The chevron pleating on the bodice ended with inverted pleats on the dropped waist which created a bell-shaped silhouette. The full skirt was enhanced by a wide hem.
The best man was the groom’s teammate, Iain Balshaw, who appeared to have had a rough time at a previous rugby match, although it was actually a result of a moped accident in France.
Maid of Honour was the bride’s friend, Dolly Maude.
The flower girls were quite sweet in white with pale china blue sashes.
The Wedding Guests
Wedding guests included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. You may remember that the Queen bestowed three titles upon the pair at their wedding. The title of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge represents England. Since the wedding was held in Scotland they went by their Scottish title, The Earl, and Countess of Strathearn.
The Duchess, ever a class act, did not want to upstage the bride and opted to recycle an embroidered, champagne-colored coat by Jane Troughton. She first wore the coat way back in 2006 to the nuptials of Laura Parker Bowles’ (Camilla’s daughter) and Harry Lopes. But the hat was new and I adored the diamond earrings.
Princess Anne, shown with the groom’s father, Phil Tindall.
A peach of a Queen!
Princess Beatrice will hopefully fare better in the fashion magazines for this ensemble than she did for what she wore to the last Royal wedding. I do like Princess Eugenie’s hat.
The reception was held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a residence of the Queen. Dinner included lobster and crayfish cocktail, Scottish venison with dauphinoise potatoes and a chocolate fondant with strawberries.
Best wishes to the happy couple!