The engagement of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, a rugby player, was announced on 21 December 2010. According to an interview conducted by Zara, the couple first met in a bar in Sydney where Tindall was drowning his sorrows after being dropped from the England squad during the 2003 Rugby World Cup. After seven years together, Tindall presented Zara with a solitaire diamond ring with pave set diamonds on a split band.
The couple were married on 30 July 2011 at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh which was decorated with white stargazer lilies, roses and carnations, and beech and box trees. The bride and groom were joined by around 400 guests, including the majority of the royal family. Once the guests had been piped into the service, Zara arrived in a Bentley and was walked up the aisle by her father, Mark Phillips.
The ceremony was a private one, however hundreds of people gathered outside the kirk for a glimpse of the bride and the rest of the royal family. After the service, the bride and groom emerged from the kirk to greet the crowds of well-wishers, exchanging a kiss under the archway, before being driven to the Palace of Holyroodhouse for their reception.
Zara chose an ivory silk faille and silk duchesse satin gown by Stewart Parvin, featuring a chevron-pleated bodice and a dropped waist. The bodice was made of silk duchess satin, with bias-cut raw edged ribbons of top-stitched silk faille and duchess satin decorating the neckline. The full skirt had concealed pockets, a band of silk duchess satin at the hem and a subtle train. The silk tulle veil was held in place by the Meander tiara which was loaned by her mother, Princess Anne. The bouquet was all in white with Zara’s favourite lilies.