Plans are in full swing for the society wedding of the year, being held right here in north Northumberland.
The Duke of Northumberland will be giving away his youngest daughter, Lady Melissa, 25, known as Missy, to Thomas van Straubenzee, 30, at their marriage in Alnwick on June 22.
And the Duchess has revealed that top British fashion designer Bruce Oldfield is making Missy’s wedding dress. He also designed her sister Katie’s dress for her ceremony in February 2011.
Bruce, who was brought up in the care of children’s charity Barnardo’s in the North East, is relishing the challenge of making a second wedding dress for the Percy family.
He said: “I am delighted to be asked to do Missy’s dress.
“It was such fun doing Katie’s dress in 2011 and it’s very interesting doing sisters and trying to cater to their individual requirements and different personalities.
“It’s also fun making a dress for Katie as a matron of honour this time round.
“I was brought up in the North East so am no stranger to these parts though I am looking forward to visiting Alnwick as it’s been about 40 years since I was last there and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing close up the Duchess’s transformation of the Castle gardens.”
The Duchess was delighted that Bruce agreed to be involved again.
She said: “Bruce is a great man, one of the few foster children who has really done well in life.
“He is coming up for the wedding and staying here.
“He is also doing dresses for two of the maids of honour.”
The wedding is already creating a buzz in the town, with traders expecting a big lift in vistor numbers that weekend.
Meanwhile, the happy couple took time out of their busy schedules to pose at Alnwick Castle for Gazette photographer Jane Coltman for their first public pictures since their engagement.