Prince William's first cousin Zara Phillips left Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland, this morning with her fiancé, Mike Tindall.
Prince William's first cousin Zara Phillips left Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland, this morning with her fiancé, Mike Tindall. Mike and Zara announced their plans to wed last December, after they started dating in 2003. The couple bonded over a shared love of sports — Zara is an accomplished equestrian, and Mike is an internationally known rugby player. The couple are due to tie the knot tomorrow in a ceremony that will bring out many of her royal relatives. Zara's grandmother Queen Elizabeth and mother, Princess Anne, will be there. Zara's father, Captain Mark Phillips, who split up with Anne in 1992, is to watch his daughter wed alongside his second wife, Sandy Pflueger. Prince William will attend along with his wife, Kate Middleton. Kate and William's Scottish titles, the Earl and Countess of Strathearn, will be used while they're in the Northern region of the UK.
The fun is expected to commence tonight, when many of the younger family members are invited to a party on a yacht. Zara has been prepping for her own big day at the city's Balmoral hotel with her brother Peter's wife, Autumn, who is Canadian. Rumors suggest that Zara, who doesn't use a royal title due to a decision of Anne's, will wear a gown from the London-based designer Stewart Parvin. The coverage of Zara and Mike's nuptials isn't supposed to be a public event, and the queen told Zara and Mike recently that she forbid them from selling photos to Hello magazine. Nonetheless, we're excited to see the whole royal clan dress up for tomorrow's festivities!