Zara Phillips will marry the England rugby star Mike Tindall in front of her grandmother Queen Elizabeth II in Edinburgh on Saturday (30th July 2011). As those involved begin their final preparations for the ceremony, attention has turned to the likely designer of Phillips wedding dress, reports the Associated Press.
Although interest in the bride's gown is unlikely to rival that of Kate Middleton's choice for the Royal Wedding in April, fashion experts have nonetheless begun speculating on Zara's choice of dress. Arabella Dupont, executive retail editor of Brides magazine, said, "I think it will be a very classic, very traditional English wedding gown". Most press attention has focused on designer Stewart Parvin, who holds a royal warrant from the Queen. Others in contention include Paul Costelloe and veteran designer Bruce Oldfield - who many predicted would create Middleton's dress. Police have already warned that Edinburgh's Royal Mile holds limited space for potential spectators hoping to catch a glimpse of the bride. Joe Little, editor of Majesty magazine explained, "It's the complete opposite end of the royal wedding spectrum.William and Zara are both the queen's grandchildren: He's got the title, he's going to be the monarch, but Zara thinks of herself more as a sportswoman than as a royal".
Zara Phillips, a world class equestrian hoping to compete in the London Olympics next summer, is the daughter of Princess Anne and her first husband MARK PHILLIPS.