Zara Tindall’s wedding dress ‘in keeping with family tradition’ – ‘A bit dated’

The Queen’s eldest granddaughter Zara Phillips married rugby ace Mike Tindall in a ceremony at Canongate Kirk on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on July 30, 2011. Unlike her cousin Prince William’s wedding , which had taken place a few months before at Westminster Abbey, Zara’s wedding was a quiet family affair away from the royal spotlight.

For her wedding day, Zara opted for a classic white dress which she accessorized with an elaborate veil and a bouquet of bright white flowers.

But according to TV stylist and royal Miranda Holder fashion specialistZara’s wedding dress was “a bit dated”.

She told Express.co.uk: “Unlike Princess Diana, Zara stuck to family tradition, not only opting for a more understated wedding dress, but employing the Queen’s favorite designer, Stewart. Parvin, to create it.

“The dress was impeccably cut with a fitted bodice, drop waist and classic A-line skirt, but it was just a bit dated.

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“In my opinion, it took a few extra flourishes or beautiful design details to elevate her into the realm of extraordinary, more befitting of such a special bride.

“As an avid athlete, Zara has always taken a simple approach to fashion, preferring clean, simple lines to anything that might impede her freedom or comfort, but on this occasion her look was a bit dated.”

Zara wore a touching tribute to her grandfather, Prince Philip, as part of her wedding ensemble – the Meander Tiara.

Tradition has it that royal brides borrow a tiara from the Queen’s collection when they get married, and Zara’s choice was particularly poignant.

The tiara was given to the Queen before her marriage to Prince Philip by her mother-in-law, Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark. The tiara was then passed on to Princess Anne, who loaned it to her daughter for her big day in 2011.

Daena Borrowman, head of marketing at jewellerybox, previously told Express.co.uk: “The band’s classic Greek meander design features diamonds with the Greek key motif, a central laurel wreath and two sections of honeysuckle.

“It was most likely made by Cartier in France and is worth between £2m and £4m.”

Zara also wore a pair of stunning diamond earrings to complement the tiara which was also said to have been lent to her by Princess Anne.

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