The wedding ceremony was conducted according to the rites of the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian), which is in full communion with the Church of England.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh entered the Kirk to the "sound of a Bach Fantasia," which was played by the Kirk's organist. The bride, who was five minutes late, with her father, Captain Mark Phillips, walked down the aisle to Charpentier's Prelude to the Te-Deum," described by the organist as having "good pace and swagger."
The hymns included the very traditional "Jerusalem," as well as "Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer" and "Amazing Grace." There were several religious readings as well as a reading from Margery William's The Velveteen Rabbit, said to be Zara's favorite childhood book. Prince William and Prince Harry read jointly and extract from the children's classic.
The book features conversation between a toy rabbit and a horse in a children's nursery. "The rabbit asks the horse what being a real person means. The horse says it means being loved.
"It doesn't happen all at once," he says, "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.
"But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand -- once you are Real you can't become unreal again.
"It lasts for always."
Zara's gown cost £3000, which she bought off the rack at the White Room in Minchinhampton, just around the corner from Gatcombe Park.
Stewart Parvin, the designer, "created not one but two dresses for the Royal bride, both of which they are sure she will treasure forever."
The wedding reception, organized by Peregrine Armstrong-Jones, younger brother of the Earl of Snowdon, was held at the 12th century Holyrood Palace, and lasted until 2 a.m. According to the Times, the reception "was fueled by champagne and vodka shots from a self-service machine."
No one the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay slipped out a bit early.