Crowds have gathered on Edingburgh’s Royal Mile in anticipation of Scotland’s first Royal nuptials in almost 20 year, as the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Philips and rugby star Mike Tindall prepare to tie the knot.
Tourist bosses expect the wedding to bring benefits to the capital and the country, according to reports.
Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, said: “The wedding between Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall is wonderful news for Edinburgh and the whole of Scotland.
“It’s a great opportunity for tourism in this country and we would urge businesses to take advantage of this great occasion.”
According to reports, people were camping out with sleeping bags to ensure a good view of the event which will take place at the city’s Canongate Kirk.
The reception will be held at the Palace of Hoyroodhouse, which is the monarch’s official Scottish home.
In contrast to William and Kate’s televised marriage which was watched by hundreds of millions worldwide and attended by celebrities and dignitaries, the doors of Canongate Kirk will be closed to the press and public.
Senior members of the royal family are expected to be in attendance, including the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.
William and Kate are also expected to be in attendance.
Tindall is expected to invite England’s best known rugby players.
Last night the couple held a pre-wedding party for friends and family on the Royal Yacht Britannia, moored in Leith.
With the Palace of Holyrood, Edinburgh Castle and Royal Britannia, Edinburgh has a wealth of royal attractions for visitors.
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