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Tindall, his burly physique ideal for rugby, has been a topflight England player and occasional team captain though recently hobbled by injuries.

The couple has never been much for pomp and circumstance, generally preferring jeans and a sweater to haute couture. They used a casual outdoorsy photo for their engagement picture, a far cry from the formal portrait shot by Mario Testino that William and Middleton used.

Phillips has not tried to be fashion trendsetter, although she has occasionally worn wacky and revealing outfits (sometimes set off with a Trilby hat) and she did have her tongue pierced, which is not typical protocol for senior royals.

She has sometimes taken a devil-may-care attitude toward fashion, refusing to treat every night out as a chance to showcase a new outfit. And she drew heavy criticism once for wearing a low cut dress even though her tan lines were clearly visible _ a fashion faux pas that seemed to interest her not at all.

Fashion experts do not expect Phillips, with her curvier figure, to wear a skintight lace concoction like the McQueen gown that Middleton wore when she married William at Westminster Abbey in late April.

“I think it will be a very classic, very traditional English wedding gown,” said Arabella Dupont, executive retail editor at Brides magazine.

Press attention has focused on Stewart Parvin, who holds a royal warrant from the queen, as the likely designer. Dupont said others who may have received the coveted assignment are Bruce Oldfield and Paul Costelloe.

There is no public viewing area for the wedding, but police in Edinburgh are anticipating that several thousand people will try to throng the narrow streets in hopes of catching a glimpse of the newlyweds _ and of the glamorous Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Paparazzi are likely to focus on Middleton and what she is wearing, but Dupont doesn’t believe Middleton will try to upstage the bride.

“She doesn’t seem like the kind of girl to do that,” Dupont said. “The bride should be the center of attention and all eyes should be on her.