Zara Phillips, queen’s granddaughter, preps to marry Mike Tindall


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Zara Phillips comes to the rescue of those starving for another bite of royal wedding cake: The woman 13th in line to the throne was prepping Friday to marry Mike Tindall in a private ceremony in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Saturday.


This wedding won’t be a lavish feast for royal watchers, however. ‘It’s a private family wedding,’ said a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman. ‘We’re not giving out any details.’

Photos: Getting ready for the Phillips-Tindall wedding

That said, here are some details. They’ll say their vows at Canongate Kirk, the parish church of Edinburgh Castle, with a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the queen’s official residence in Scotland. Phillips and Tindall, as well as Princess Anne, were photographed Friday leaving the church after their rehearsal. Zara had also been spotted earlier in the week getting a rare-for-her spa treatment, and some business-as-usual exercise.

That’s a bit different than the wedding seen round the world in April -- that of Prince Charles’ son Prince William to Kate Middleton, now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Being closer to the front of the line for the throne does have its implications, among them a million people hanging around in the streets for your big day.

Phillips, 30, the daughter of Princess Anne and her first husband Mark Phillips, has long been considered one of the most down-to-earth members of the royal family. The successful equestrian has no royal title. Tindall, 32, plays rugby.

According to the Daily Mail, guests are expected to include Queen Elizabeth II and most of the royal family -- the Tindall family hasn’t yet met the queen -- and many sports figures, including a former England rugby player as best man.

[For the record, July 30, 2011: The post originally said Phillips was 12th in line for the throne. She is 13th; Savannah Phillips, daughter of Peter Phillips, who is Zara’s older brother, became 12th in line when she was born on Dec. 29, 2010.]


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Reuters contributed to this report.