Zara Tindall’s stunning wedding had heartfelt nods to grandmother the queen – best photos

Rachel Avery

Eleven years have passed since then Zara Tindall (née Phillips) married her husband Mike Tindall In scotland.

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The Olympic rider, 41, and the former rugby player, 43, tied the knot at Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk on July 30, 2011, just three months after Zara’s cousin Prince William‘s royal wedding with Kate Middleton. Princess Anne’s daughter clearly had her grandmother the Queen was close to her heart as she planned her big day as she gave the monarch some special touches like her wedding reception and her sentimental bridal outfit.

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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 led his only daughter down the aisle to her waiting husband.

The bride was a vision in an ivory silk gown created by designer Stewart Parvin, one of her grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s favorite couturiers. The simple yet streamlined shape of the graceful dress accentuated her enviable silhouette and showcased Zara’s natural charm.

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She added a precious Greek tiara that belongs to her mother, Princess Anne. The “Something Borrowed” piece features a brilliant cut diamond surrounded by a glittering wreath. It hails from the Greek royal family when Prince Philip’s mother Alice gave the tiara to Queen Elizabeth II – and the Queen subsequently passed it on to her daughter Princess Anne.

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

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

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Not wanting to steal the limelight from the bride, Kate wore an understated but beautifully embroidered nude tailcoat and matching pumps. Prince William’s new wife completed her look with an asymmetric wide-brimmed hat with floral detail.

The mother of the bride, Princess Anne, looked stunning in a peachy dress, a cream and pink embroidered jacket and an ornate fascinator with lace and floral detail.

Zara’s uncle Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, made the journey from London to Edinburgh to attend the then 30-year-old’s special day. Camilla looked adorable 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 a gorgeous diamond brooch on her lapel.

Stylish sisters! Princesses Beatrice and eugenie both hit the right fashionable accents with their funny and fashionable outfits at the wedding. Beatrice opted for a blue ensemble by Angela Kelly and a pair of nude pumps, while her younger sister Eugenie opted for a cream and brown number by the same designer.

To ensure he got to the church on time, Mike Tindall arrived at the wedding venue an hour and a half early. Excited about his upcoming wedding, the rugby star wore a big smile on his face and looked happy and relaxed as he waved to the crowd outside the church.

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

The newlyweds looked smitten at their wedding reception, held at the Queen’s official Scottish residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The couple got engaged in 2010 and English rugby player Mike Tindall decided to design his own ring for his royal bride rather than choose a family heirloom. The beautiful piece features a single solitaire diamond at the center surrounded by pavé diamonds on a divided platinum band.

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