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In this Monday April 27, 2009 file photo, Zara  Phillips, granddaughter of Britains Queen Elizabeth II, and rugby player Mike  Tindall, pose together before taking part in celebrity charity poker tournament, in Monaco. - Provided courtesy of AP / Lionel Cironneau, file

Zara Phillips, Mike Tindall's upcoming royal wedding spurs big security operation, report says

05/16/2011 by Carollyn Nguyen

Now that the wedding of Prince William is over, Palace officials are focusing on the upcoming royal wedding between Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips and U.K. rugby player Mike Tindall.

Zara Phillips, 29, is 12th in line to the throne. She is the daughter of Princess Anne, the Queen's only daughter, and her former husband, Captain Mark Phillips, an Olympic gold medal-winning equestrian.

She and Tindall, 32, met in 2003 during the Rugby World Cup in Australia, which was won by England.

The two are set to get married on July 30 in Edinburgh, and a massive security operation has already started, according to the UK newspaper the Daily Mail.

Tindall, 32, proposed to Phillips at the couple's home, BBC News quoted Buckingham Palace as saying.

"I was really shocked when Mike proposed but I am very happy," BBC quoted Phillips as saying in a statement.

Even though the wedding will be a private event, thousands are likely to flock to Scotland's capital since likely wedding guests include Prince William and his wife Catherine, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Daily Mail cited a source as saying.

Prince William's wedding drew tens of thousands of people to the streets of London on April 29.

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