Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips was marrying England rugby star Mike Tindall on Saturday but 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 show-stopping nuptials.
Ms. Phillips, 30, who is 13th in line to the throne but does not use a royal title, and Mr. Tindall, 32, were greeted by hundreds of flag-waving well-wishers and the sound of traditional bagpipes as they arrived for their wedding service at Edinburgh's Canongate Kirk in a private ceremony.
The 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, Ms. Phillips stepped inside the church as the doors closed behind her.
Unlike William and Kate Middleton's ceremony in April, 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, in a sleek black saloon , with Prince Harry.
The Duchess, wearing a biscuit coloured 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 Ms. Middleton's wedding gown were a closely guarded secret, Ms. Phillips, commonly seen in jeans or sportswear, made an expected choice, picking Stewart Parvin, a British designer favoured by the queen. She also wore a Greek Key tiara, lent to her by mother Princess Anne, and Jimmy Choo shoes.
Known better for her sporting achievements than royal heritage, Ms. Phillips is a world class equestrian who is likely to compete in the 2012 Olympics.
Her longtime partner Mr. Tindall, who she met in 2003 in Australia during England's triumphant Rugby World Cup campaign, is a leading player who has captained his country. Several of his team-mates 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.
Waving a Canadian flag, Margaret Kittle, 76, said she had travelled from Ontario, Canada, and staked out a spot on Friday night. “I flew over last Saturday and have been here since last night. I started following the royals after I saw George VI and the Queen back home in Canada when I was four years old,” she said.
Ms. Phillips and Mr. Tindall hosted a glitzy cocktail party late on 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 glamour for the usually modest Ms. Phillips, who will celebrate with a private wedding reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the queen's official home in Scotland.