No fanfare for second British royal wedding

Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:52pm EDT
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By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Britain's second royal wedding of the year takes place on Saturday but the marriage of Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara Phillips to her rugby player boyfriend will be far removed from the lavish pomp that surrounded the nuptials of her cousin Prince William.

Phillips, 30, daughter of Princess Anne and her first husband Mark Phillips, will marry England rugby player Mike Tindall, 32, at a low-key ceremony in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.

It will be held away from public glare at Canongate Kirk, the parish church of Edinburgh Castle, with a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the queen's official residence in Scotland.

"It's a private family wedding, we're not giving out any details," said a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman.

The contrast between the two weddings of the queen's grandchildren could hardly be more different.

William's marriage to Kate Middleton three months ago grabbed global attention in the weeks beforehand, and royal aides even set up a special website to cope with the massive public interest.

On the day itself, some one million people thronged the streets of London to watch the sumptuous show of pageantry around the wedding at Westminster Abbey while hundreds of millions worldwide watched on TV or online.

However, Phillips has always been considered to be one of the most down to earth members of the royal family, and was considered something of a "royal rebel" when she was younger, even having her tongue pierced as a teenager.   Continued...

<p>Britain's Zara Phillips, the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, and England rugby captain Mike Tindall, walk with Mark Phillips (L) after their wedding rehearsal at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland July 29, 2011. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez</p>