Is it still a technically a royal wedding if the bride isn't a princess? Prince William's cousin, Zara Phillips, may not officially be an HRH, but as the Queen's eldest granddaughter, she still received a lot of royal perks at her wedding this past weekend to rugby player Mike Tindall.
For instance, while many brides opt for a tiara, 30-year-old Zara wore one from her mother Princess Anne's personal collection, and she had her wedding reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, one of the Queen's official residences in Scotland. Not too shabby for a commoner, right? Prince William's Cousins Get Engaged Too
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And Zara and her 32-year-old new husband really know how to party, it seems. According to US Magazine, after the old folks (well, if you can call Queen Elizabeth II and the elder royals, "folks") Zara's younger guests, including Prince William, Duchess Catherine, Prince Harry (who introduced the couple to each other after a rugby game in 2003,) Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, took off their crazy British wedding hats and let their hair down at the reception. Prince William even reportedly grabbed a microphone and sang Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" during the karoke section of the evening's festivities, much to his wife Kate's delight!
"Pretty much everyone stayed up all night," said an insider to the magazine. "I don't even think Zara and Mike went to bed. They were too busy having fun with their friends." (Sure enough, Mike was spotted the next morning still wearing his wedding suit!)
The newlyweds, who supposedly delighted their wedding guests with a karoke rendition of an Abba song, will reportedly delay their honeymoon, due to their work commitments. (Zara is a professional equestrian while Mike is the captain of England's rugby team.)
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Congrats to the happy couple!
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