Wedding fever hits bride who moved church for the royals

The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips married England rugby player Mike Tindall today at Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh. Pictured is the couple leaving kirk.'30 July 2011. Picture by JANE BARLOW
The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips married England rugby player Mike Tindall today at Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh. Pictured is the couple leaving kirk.'30 July 2011. Picture by JANE BARLOW

A PEEBLES bride-to-be battled gastric flu to make it down the aisle - and share her big day with Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.

Cherith Harrison married fellow Peeblean Gregg Walter, left, on Saturday at Greyfriars Kirk, about a mile from the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh where the daughter of Princess Anne and her English rugby star fiance were hitched, right.

But Cherith, 28, who was due to be wed at the Royal Mile church before she and 27-year-old Gregg gave it up for the royal couple, was close to missing her nuptials.

Cherith’s father Robert explains: “We decided to stay at the Balmoral Hotel and had the unusual blip of Cherith coming into our bedroom at 10.30am on Saturday announcing she was feeling sick.

“‘Don’t worry’, I said, ‘Let’s get the champagne opened and that’ll calm your nerves’. Just at that, she disappeared into our bathroom and was considerably sick.

“I then spent the morning visiting chemist shops and at noon we thought we probably had 30 minutes before we would have to decide if we could still go ahead. Cherith was grey, shivering and had a high temperature.”

Robert made a phonecall to NHS24 and took his daughter via taxi to the Western General Hospital at 1pm, where she received an injection to get her through the day after being diagnosed with gastric flu.

A crowd of around 500 gathered outside the Balmoral as Cherith emerged in her wedding dress, with many believing they were the royal party, according to Robert.

“We drove into Greyfriars Kirk only 25 minutes late and the rest is history,” he added.

“Save to say, by 11pm, Cherith had recovered enough do the snake dance in her wedding dress, followed by the splits.”

Mr and Mrs Walter departed yesterday (Wednesday) for their honeymoon in Egypt.