Zara Phillips And New Husband Mike Tindall Back To Work After Wedding
PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall are starting life as a married couple - by looking forward to returning to work.
The couple celebrated their wedding on Saturday with the Queen and members of the royal family at a lavish palace reception.
But the traditional honeymoon break is being postponed as the newlyweds prepare to return to training this week. Zara, 30, will be competing in the Gatcombe Park horse trials later this week and Tindall, 32, is likely to feature in an England rugby match against Wales next Saturday.
It was a day of big hats at Edinburgh's Canongate Kirk on Saturday afternoon as the couple sealed their love at a private ceremony in front of their families and friends. Zara wore a gown created by the favourite designer of her grandmother, the Queen.
Despite being billed as a private wedding, the royal nuptials still had the air of a national event - with England rugby star Tindall and Zara, a former equestrian world champion, proving a big draw for the public.
Crowds of more than 6,000 people were treated to the spectacle of seeing senior members of the monarchy and leading figures from the world of sport. But all eyes were on the bride, who wore an ivory silk gown by designer Stewart Parvin, as well as a traditional veil and tiara.
The well-wishers lining the famous Royal Mile gave an enormous cheer as she arrived to reveal the ivory silk faille and silk duchess satin gown by the British and Edinburgh-trained designer. In a tribute to Scotland the bride had thistles incorporated into her bouquet of white blooms. Meanwhile, there had been speculation that Tindall, 32, might don a kilt, but he and his best man, fellow England player Iain Balshaw - who was sporting a black eye - opted for traditional morning dress.
The royal bride had talked before the wedding of how she was looking forward to becoming Mrs Tindall, but she will remain Zara Phillips to preserve her sporting name.
Wedding guests included famous names from the world of rugby such as England's coach Martin Johnson, his predecessor Sir Clive Woodward and Scotland's coach Andy Robinson. Tindall also invited Lawrence Dallaglio and Jonny Wilkinson - former teammates who, like the groom, were part of England's World Cup-winning squad of 2003.
Among the other royal guests were the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. Also in the congregation were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, whose titles in Scotland are the Duke and Duchess of Strathearn, Prince Harry, the Duke of York and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie.