Saturday, 30 July 2011

Phillips Marriage

The marriage has taken place place today of Miss Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips MBE (daughter of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Mark Anthony Peter Phillips, Esq, CVO) and Michael James Tindall, Esq, MBE.

The wedding was held at Cannongate Kirk, the parish church of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

Senior members of the Royal Family attended.  A reception is being held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The couple hosted a pre-wedding party on HMY Britannia, which is moored in Leith, on Friday night.

Zara Phillips, 30, will keep her maiden name when she marries. It is understood this is because of her sporting career in equestrianism.

       Zara Phillips is believed to be setting a royal precedent by not taking the surname of Mike Tindall. Even when they marry commoners, Royal brides have always adopted the family name of their partners.
       When Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon, wed Daniel Chatto in 1994 she took on his name. 
       Miss Phillips' decision appears to be based on the fact she wants to preserve her sporting persona and business interests. 
       The former equestrian world champion is known throughout the sport as Zara Phillips and she has signed a number of deals which help fund her sporting interests.

Mr Tindall, from Otley in Yorkshire, plays for club side Gloucester and has been capped more than 60 times for his country.

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