Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall celebrate their second wedding anniversary today.This sporty couple (Zara is a former equestrian world champion and Olympic silver medalist while Mike was captain of England’s rugby team) met while in Australia for the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Their wedding, held at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, was a low-key and intimate family affair.
Zara wore an off-the-peg gown designed by Queen Elizabeth’s personal couturier, Stewart Parvin. In a nod to tradition, she borrowed a tiara from her mother (Princess Anne also borrowed a tiara from her mother Queen Elizabeth for her first wedding in 1973). This tiara, the Meander Tiara (also known as the Greek Key Tiara) originally belonged to Prince Philip’s mother and provided a little “something old”. Zara topped the tiara with a cathedral-length silk tulle veil. I thought the blusher, pulled over her face for her entrance into the kirk, was particularly beautiful. I also thought the Meander Tiara was the perfect choice for this very modern royal bride.
Queen Elizabeth wore pink for her eldest granddaughter’s wedding. Her hat, made by Rachel Trevor Morgan, featured a stovepipe crown and short brim trimmed by a two-tone looped bow around the crown and pink feathers. It is a very celebratory hat that I thought looked very sweet on The Queen.
Princess Anne wore a coral pink and beige origami-style folded headpiece. The groom’s mother, Linda Tindall, wore a grey straw percher hat trimmed with feathers and net. I thought the proportion of both hats was off (they both seem too small to me) and each one looked a little awkward.
Zara’s sister-in-law Autumn Philips wore a beautiful dove grey straw picture hat designed by Rachel Trevor Morgan.It was a classic hat with a slightly upturned brim in front that I thought looked stunning on Autumn. This is a perfect summer wedding hat that I still adore.
There were a number of other royal guests who attended this lovely wedding- you can see their lovely hats in this post.
Photos from Getty as indicated