If you thought your summer weekends blended into one big, drunk party with an abundance of satin dresses your friends call their weddings, just imagine if you were a royal, and had to take time off practically every day this summer to watch your family members get hitched. And when you weren't at weddings, you'd have to make appointments to get your hats fitted, and make calls to friends and cousins to ensure your skirt-suit wasn't the same shade of pastel as theirs, and complain about feeling bloated from all the booze and fruitcake you ingested last weekend. Stress! Following the nuptials of Kate Middleton, Kate Moss (who is basically royalty minus her genes and attitude toward modesty), and Charlene Wittstock, Prince William's cousin Zara Phillips married rugby player Mike Tindall on Saturday in Edinburgh. Kate Middleton was there, wearing a coat and dress she's already been photographed in, probably so as not to take the wind out of that day's bride's sails — and to that end, we won't post a picture of her here right now (though you can expect thorough coverage of her look later in the blogday).
Zara, who is known for her somewhat adventurous taste, is the only member of the royal family known to have a pierced tongue. She wore a simple, white gown by Stewart Parvin, who is one of the royals' favorite designers and who also outfitted the queen that day. You & Your Wedding magazine fashion director Patricia Hunt reflected, "Who else could go to a wedding and have their dress done by the same person who does their granny's?" No one. No one could do that because they don't have the magical powers royal people do, which make being stuffy so cool.