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Sealed with a kiss: Zara Phillips marries Mike Tindall in Edinburgh's royal wedding

The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips married England rugby star Mike Tindall today in a simple private ceremony in Edinburgh.

Away from the eyes of the public and waiting media, the couple exchanged wedding vows in the 17th century Canongate Kirk.

The ceremony was reserved for family and friends but hundreds of well-wishers filled the Scottish capital's famous cobbled Royal Mile to catch a glimpse of the spectacle.

After the ceremony the couple emerged arm in arm, stood on the steps to the entrance to the kirk and shared a kiss much to the delight of the crowd.

The newlyweds arrived back at the palace as the Royal Scots Association pipe band played.

They paused briefly outside the main doors for official photographs before going inside.

• Prince William and the Duchess and Cambridge arrive at the ceremony

They were followed shortly afterwards by the rest of the bridal party, the Queen and Prince Phillip and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

William and Kate, whose titles in Scotland are the Duke and Duchess of Strathearn, arrived with Prince Harry.

They paused outside the palace doors, where William exchanged a brief conversation with the Princess Royal.

Hundreds of well-wishers had also gathered in the sunshine outside the palace gates at the bottom of the Royal Mile to try to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom, the royal family and their guests.

Zara, 30, married in a beautiful ivory silk gown by designer Stewart Parvin and shoes from Jimmy Choo.

The crowd 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.

Tindall, 32, along with his best man and fellow England player Iain Balshaw - who was sporting a black eye - opted for traditional morning dress, despite speculation Tindall might don a kilt.

The wedding reception is being held in the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the official Scottish home of the Queen - which is just a few hundred metres from the kirk.

• The Monarch looks happy as she arrives at the church

The royal had talked before the wedding of how she was looking forward to becoming Mrs Tindall but she will keep her maiden name and remain Zara Phillips.

Staged in the sparsely decorated Scottish church with no extravagant flourishes, the ceremony was far removed from the recent nuptials of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge which was a global televised event watched by hundreds of millions.

• Una Healey leaves Canongate Kirk

William and Kate's wedding day on April 29 attracted up to a million people to the centre of London while hundreds packed Edinburgh's narrow Royal Mile to get a glimpse of the happy couple.

 
 
 

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