Saturday 24 February 2018

No bunting, no fuss -- today is the un-royal wedding

You'd be forgiven for not knowing a British royal is getting married this morning, says Bryony Gordon

Zara Phillips and
Mike Tindall,
after a wedding
rehearsal in
Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, after a wedding rehearsal in Edinburgh, Scotland

Whither the commemorative crockery, yours for just £10 plus postage and packaging? Where is all the bunting, and the flags with the happy couple's face crudely printed on? Must I presume that my invite to the local street party has been lost in the post? I mean, come on guys! There's a royal wedding on and you're all acting as if nothing's happening.

Yep. This afternoon, Zara Phillips -- granddaughter of the queen, cousin of the Duke of Cambridge and niece of the Prince of Wales -- will wed her rugby-playing boyfriend, Mike Tindall. They will travel from their home in Cheltenham to Edinburgh, where they will be married by the Reverend Neil Gardner, minister of Canongate Kirk and domestic chaplain to the queen in Scotland. Afterwards, they will celebrate with a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Not that you'd know it.

While the world and its dog knew every detail of the royal wedding -- you know, that one, at Westminster Abbey, with the cartwheeling verger and the sister with the bottom -- it seems as if this one could pass off without so much as a street party. There will be no need to erect a giant box to accommodate the world's media, as happened outside Buckingham Palace last April.

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