"Very merry" wedding for Zara Phillips

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall hosted their “very merry” wedding at the weekend; hosting a reception afterwards for the Royal family and their friends.

According to Mail Online, the pair had a traditional “knees up”, surrounded by many famous faces – some of whom didn’t leave the reception until the wee hours of the morning.

One Royal source revealed on Wn.com: “It was just a family knees-up. Your archetypal wedding, really. Except with lots of royals and rugby players. And a lot of drinking. In fact, make that a hell of a lot of drinking.”

At the wedding, Phillips (who is the first Royal to keep her own name post-marriage) wore a Stewart Pavin dress worth £3,000 – a far cry from Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen design seen at the last Royal wedding. Tindall wore a traditional made-to-measure wedding suit with £350 designer shoes.

The couple arrived quietly to the venue, which was simply decorated with “cream-coloured flowers” – perhaps inspiring other soon-to-be-married couples to decorate their wedding reception venue in the same way.

Guests included the Queen, Prince Phillip and many other Royal figures. Other famous faces to attend included ‘Coronation Street’ actress Katherine Kelly, sports personality Kirsty Gallacher and equestrian William Fox-Pitt.

Although the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla stayed through the ceremony, they all dashed off afterwards to let the younger guests enjoy the reception. The newly-married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge remained for the reception however, partying amongst all the other guests – including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.