The less popular, but equally royal wedding to be held this year is also getting underway. Zara Phillips, granddaughter of the Queen and cousin to Prince William, will be exchanging wedding rings with her fiancé and longtime boyfriend, Mike Tindall this July.
Although rumors had already arisen that the couple would be tying the knot on July 30th, it has finally been confirmed that it will indeed be a late summer ceremony at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburg, Scotland for the former wild child and the professional Rugby player.
It was earlier revealed that another couple had been asked to move the date of their wedding at Canongate Kirk, which sits on the Royal Mile in Scotland and has historic ties to the Royal family, leading many to believe it was for Phillips and Tindall.
And although her mother is Princess Anne and daughter to the Queen, Phillips was never officially made a princess in the hopes that she would lead a more normal life, which also allows the pair to plan a less official ceremony than Prince William and Kate Middleton are able to do.
For instance, it has also been revealed that Tindall’s fellow rugby players will act as best man and groomsmen, as opposed to official Royal ushers that will be at William’s April 29th ceremony.
Rather than friends of the William, the ten ushers that will be helping guests to the pews will be drawn from the three branches of the Armed Forces, and receive a small monetary compensation for their efforts, as is tradition.
Williams, however, did get to choose his best man, not surprisingly he opted for his younger brother Prince Harry, who coincidentally introduced Phillips and Tindall at a party in 2002, and the friendship eventually blossomed into romance. Tindall has joked in the past that it was his “’pure charm’ that won the royal’s heart.”
The couple eventually got engaged this past December when Tindall surprised Phillips with a modern engagement ring, eschewing the use of a family heirloom, and instead presented her with a Round cut diamond, on a pave’ set split shank, he had specially made.
In lighter detail news, Tindall had confirmed that the mother of the bride has asked him to get his nose, which has been broken, a total of 8 times in his 12 year career. However, the Rugby star shared with ‘The Daily Mail’ that after corrective nasal surgery earlier in his career, he is unlikely to undergo the knife again.