AS the final touches are put to the second Royal wedding of the year, the bridegroom’s Calderdale links have been revealed.
On Saturday, the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips will marry her fiancé – England rugby star Mike Tindall.
The couple’s wedding – considerably more low key than her cousin Prince William’s to Kate Middleton – will take place on Saturday in Edinburgh.
Mike Tindall was born in Otley and went to school in Wakefield but his Yorkshire heritage dates back through the generations.
Local historian David Glover has worked back through his family tree and is trying to confirm the newest member of the Royal family’s links to Calderdale.
His grandfather was Douglas Tindall of Skipton, who died in 1979 and his father was Arthur Sutcliffe Tindall, who was originally a blacksmith .
Arthur was not a native to Skipton. He was actually born at Brotherton, near Knottingley.
His father Edward had married Sarah Ann Sutcliffe in 1862.
Mr Glover said it was well known the Sutcliffes originate from the Hipperholme township, in the old parish of Halifax.
Mr Glover can trace the Sutcliffes back to 1744 but he has set a challenge to local Sutcliffe family history experts .
“Do you know of a John Sutcliffe who migrated from this district to the Brotherton area in the early 18th century? If so, you might be able to connect Mike Tindall’s ancestry to Calderdale, generation by generation,” he asked.
The Royal couple will marry at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh on July 30.
The bride will wear a dress designed by the Queen’s favourite couturier, Stewart Parvin.
Zara is 13th in line to the throne, and as well as being a trained physiotherapist, she is also an award-winning sportswoman.
Mike Tindall OBE, 33, is nicknamed “The Fridge” and he has resolutely refused to have his nose – damaged from years of rugby playing – to be fixed ahead of his big day.
In a meeting of two different worlds many of rugby’s best known stars will sit opposite the royals during the ceremony.
The couple were introduced by Prince Harry in a Sydney bar during the 2003 rugby World Cup.