ZARA PHILLIPS & MIKE TINDALL HOST PRE-WEDDING RECEPTION ON THE BRITANNIA

PRE-WEDDING FESTIVITIES FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH’S GRANDDAUGHTER, ZARA PHILLIPS, ON THE FORMER ROYAL YACHT, BRITANNIA, JULY 29, 2011

Mainly younger members of Britain’s royal family boarded the former royal yacht Britannia, permanently anchored at Leith, Edinburgh to attend a pre-wedding reception for Zara Phillips and her fiance, Mike Tindall.   The yacht was decommissioned in 1997 after being in service as a royal yacht for forty-four years.   Zara is familiar with the Britannia, having sailed on board and witnessing as well, the yacht’s decommissioning.   Among those attending the reception were the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Harry and the Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

The former royal yacht Britannia, berthed at Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland (photo: Pacific Coast News)

By the bell of the former royal yacht, Britannia, July 29, 2011 (photo: Bauer Griffin)

Zara, Mike and Princess Anne's husband, Timothy Laurence, July 29, 2011 (pohto: Bauer Griffin)

Zara at her pre-wedding reception on board the Britannia, July 29, 2011 (photo: Bauer Griffin)

Zara mingling with her guests (photo: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)

Mike and Zara leaving the former royal yacht Britannia, berthed in Edinburgh, Scotland (photo: Chris Jacson/Getty Images)

Beatrice, Catherine and Anne (photo: Bauer Griffin)

From left to right: Harry, Edward, William, Catherine, Eugenie, Sophie, Beatrice leaving the Britannia (photo: Bauer Griffin)

Catherine and William leave the Pre-Wedding Reception on board the Britannia, July 29, 2011 (photo: Bauer Griffin)

Catherine leaving the Britannia, behind her are her husband, William and brother-in-law, Harry (photo: Bauer Griffin)

Mike and Zara arrive at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 29, 2011 (photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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