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Royal wedding fever sweeps Scotland

Just when you thought it was all over, royal wedding fever is set to be rekindled this weekend with the marriage of Zara Phillips to fiancé Mike Tindall.

Phillips, the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, will marry the England rugby star at the Canongate Kirk on the Royal Mile tomorrow.

It will be the first royal wedding in Scotland for nearly 20-years.

Zara’s mother, Princess Anne - whose second marriage to Timothy Laurence was the last Scottish royal wedding in 1992 – will be in attendance with Captain Mark Phillips, while Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, known in Scotland as the Duchess of Rothesay, are also expected.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will make the trip.

They are likely to be joined by thousands of well-wishers from across the country. 

The location of Canongate Kirk - close to both the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyroodhouse – is likely to ensure large crowds, despite the ceremony being a private affair.

Canongate Kirk will host the ceremony

While some road closures will be in place, local businesses will remain open and residents will be relatively unaffected.

Large crowds are expected in Edinburgh’s Old Town to watch the arrival of the royal family.

The wedding reception will be held in the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the official Scottish home of the Queen.

Tourist bosses said the nuptials are good news for the capital and the country.

Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, said: “The wedding between Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall is wonderful news for Edinburgh and the whole of Scotland.

“The Royal family is already a huge draw for visitors to this country and I would like to congratulate Ms Phillips and Mr Tindall on choosing Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk as the venue for their wedding.

“Situated on the Royal Mile, there can be few more historic or romantic places in which to get married.”


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