The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have today, attended the wedding of Thomas van Straubenzee and Lady Melissa Percy. Lady Melissa is the daughter of His Grace The Duke of Northumberland. The wedding of the year, took place in St Michael’s Parish Church and well-wishers lined the route from the Percy family’s 1,000-year-old castle to the church.
Alnwick Castle is famous for serving as Hogwarts in Harry Potter films and was a splendid setting for society’s wedding of the year. The Grade 1 listed building is open to the public and receives over 800,000 visitors each year.
The crowds cheered as the party containing two princes and numerous members of nobility made their way to church ahead of the 5pm wedding. It was evident that the Duchess of Cambridge, who is eight months pregnant, was not by her husband’s side.
Lady Melissa is 26 years old and a tennis coach while the groom Thomas van Straubenzee is a chartered surveyor and long-term friends of both the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The bride left Alnwick Castle in a restored horse-drawn carriage which is over 200 years old.
The unusually late wedding service will be followed by a reception held in the state rooms of the castle followed by a banquet in a marquee in the picturesque gardens of the stately home.
Lady Melissa’s wedding dress will be on public display is the Coach House at Alnwick Castle within the coming days so why not use this as an excuse to visit one of England’s finest castles?
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