Alnwick prepares for Lady Katie’s big day

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ALNWICK is thronging with people today as the town gears up for the wedding of Lady Katie Percy this afternoon.

The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland’s 28-year-old daughter is to marry city financier Patrick Valentine, 30, in a 5pm ceremony at St Michael’s Church.

Bunting has been put up in the town while rumours are rife that Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton will be attending the occasion despite denial from the Percy family’s spokesman.

Streets are filled with people awaiting the arrival of potential celebrity or royal guests prior to Lady Katie and her father.

Katie will be wearing a dress designed by Bruce Oldfield, and will be taken to the church with her father from Alnwick Castle in a carriage that has recently been restored. This coach was used to transport the third Duke of Northumberland as King George IVs personal representative, to the coronation of Charles X in France in 1825. It was further used at the coronation of King Edward VII.

Approximately three hundred guests will attend the private wedding service where music will include anthems sung by the Galilee Choir and Carillon from Durham, and thereafter will walk back to the castle to a reception held in the State Rooms followed by a dinner and dancing in a marquee in the Inner Bailey. To mark the occasion, a firework display will take place at approximately 10.45pm.