Royal wedding an all-day/night affair
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The royal wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall went off without a hitch, though we’re not sure if some guests remember too much about the party afterward.
Queen Elizabeth's eldest granddaughter, 30, married her ruby-playing mate of seven years at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh on Saturday.
Then it was off to the reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
A good time was had by all, according to reports. A few notes from the occasion:
-- The bride was five minutes late getting church, wearing her Stewart Parvin-designed ivory dress (about $4,500) with a silk veil, topped by a tiara from her mother, Princess Anne. Reviews were mixed, but what the heck, it’s her day.
-- The wedding reception seemed to go on and on and on and on. The bride and groom did not get back to their room the Palace of Holyroodhouse until 2 p.m. Yes, that’s 2 P.M. The bride had changed into some jeans by then, but the groom was still in his wedding garb.
-- Also seen stumbling back to their chambers was Prince Harry, who went to the wedding solo. According to reports, he was looking more than a little disheveled and bleary-eyed. The bride’s father, Mark Phillips, was seen napping in an armchair at the bar of his hotel at 2:30 a.m.
-- The Queen, meanwhile, and Prince Philip had jumped (well, maybe not jumped) into a helicopter just a few hours after the reception started to head back to their summer home in Balmoral. Charles and Camilla also left early for a vacation at the Castle of Mey.
-- Prince William and Kate tried their best to remain in the background for the occasion. The Duchess of Cambridge wore an Alexander McQueen coatdress that was last seen at a wedding she attended in 2006. Yes, this girl knows how to re-cycle.
-- Speaking of Will, he reportedly did a rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” during the karaoke part of the party. The bride and groom also apparently performed some ABBA.
-- The reception dinner included fish (lobster and crayfish cocktail), meat (Scottish venison), and for dessert, a chocolate fondant with strawberries. Wine and champagne flowed free and guests also had the option of grabbing a glass from the vodka fountain.
-- There will be no honeymoon for the couple… yet. Tindall is back training with England’s rugby team while Zara, a champion equestrian, was back in the saddle preparing for some horse trials.