Zara Phillips marries Mike Tindall in low-key royal wedding ceremony

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips depart after their Royal wedding at Canongate Kirk on July 30, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips will... Read more Getty Image

Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips depart after their royal wedding at Canongate Kirk on July 30, 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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(CBS/ AP) EDINBURGH, Scotland - Zara Phillips, eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, and 13th in line for the British throne, was married to rugby star Mike Tindall on Saturday, July 30, 2011, in Edinburgh's Cannongate Kirk.

Britain's second royal wedding of the year was largely a low-key affair, with only a hint of the glamour and excitement of Prince William's showstopping nuptials in April .

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Phillips, 30, an accomplished equestrian like her mother, and Tindall, 32, were greeted by hundreds of flag-waving well-wishers and the sound of traditional bagpipes as they arrived for their private wedding ceremony.

The often publicity shy bride wore a traditional ivory silk gown and a full-length flowing veil, but gave only the briefest glimpse to onlookers as she arrived at the central Edinburgh church for a 45-minute service.

After a fleeting wave to the crowds, Phillips stepped inside the church as large red doors were firmly closed behind her.

The wedding service led by Rev. Neil Gardner was not being broadcast on television, and crowds gathering in the Scottish city were told by police there would be little for them to see.

A huge cheer erupted as William and Kate, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrived to join the congregation, traveling in a sleek black saloon car with Prince Harry.

The Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a biscuit colored coat, dress and angled hat, won a warm reception as she waved to well-wishers, as did the queen and Duke of Edinburgh who arrived shortly before the bride.

While the details of Middleton's wedding gown were a closely guarded secret, Phillips, more commonly seen in jeans or sportswear, made an expected choice, picking Stewart Parvin, a British designer favored by the queen. She also wore a Greek Key tiara on loan to her by mother, Princess Anne, and Jimmy Choo shoes.

Known better for her sporting achievements than royal heritage, Phillips is a world class equestrian who is likely to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

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Her longtime partner Tindall, whom Phillips met in 2003 in Australia during England's triumphant Rugby World Cup campaign, is a leading rugby player who has captained his country. Several of his teammates and coaches joined the celebrations.

While the occasion was far removed from April's international spectacle at Westminster Abbey, the prospect of a brief glimpse of the royal family was enough to entice hundreds to Scotland, including a few dozen people who camped overnight to win a front row view.

Phillips and Tindall hosted a glitzy cocktail party late Friday for relatives and guests aboard the former royal yacht Britannia, which they had hired for the occasion.

But the party was a rare moment of public glamor for the usually down-to-earth Phillips, who is celebrating with a private wedding reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the queen's official home in Scotland.

The couple are known for putting their devotion to sport ahead of their celebrity, and plan to postpone their honeymoon as both are due to feature in major events next week, the bride in horse trials, and the groom in England's rugby international against Wales. Phillips also plans to continue to use her maiden name when she competes.

  • CBS News Staff

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