Delightful image tops memorable day

31 JULY 2011

Taken just moments after they exited Canongate Kirk on Saturday, this beautiful photo perfectly captures the love and affection Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall hold for one another.

And while their big day was a world away from the pageantry of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's three months earlier, there was no mistaking the happiness it once again brought to the royal family.



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As many commentors put it, far from being a royal wedding, the ceremony was quite simply "a marriage of two sports stars" who are clearly very much in love.

The delightful image was taken in the historic setting of Holyrood Chapel, in the grounds of Holyroodhouse ahead of the reception.

Though it’s just a few hundred yards from Canongate Kirk to Holyroodhouse, the happy couple travelled in style, in the back of a pristine Bentley.

 

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The newlyweds arrived to sound of the Royal Scots Association pipe band and were soon joined by their guests.

As is customary, the bride and groom’s first dance was a highlight of the celebrations.

And when Mike and Zara took to the floor – which featured a monogram with their initials romantically entwined – it was to the strains of Frank Sinatra’s classic I’ve Got You Under My Skin.

Guests enjoyed a three course meal that included fillet of beef with dauphinoise potatoes.

As with the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh left the reception before the party began in earnest.

And as the night wore on, festivities kicked up a gear, with a machine dispensing ice-cold vodka shots – also featuring Mike’s and Zara’s initials – proving popular.

Partying continued until the early hours, although Zara and Mike may have had to hold back a bit.

In keeping with their low-key style, the couple are delaying their honeymoon as they're both back to work this week.

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