WEDDING - Alnwick celebrates Missy’s big day

The newly-weds leave the church.'Ref: JCNG 220613 missy 5
The newly-weds leave the church.'Ref: JCNG 220613 missy 5

Alnwick folk turned out in their thousands this afternoon to be part of the biggest social wedding of the year.

Lady Melissa Percy, the youngest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, married Thomas van Straubenzee in the town’s St Michael’s Church.

Crowds lined Bailiffgate to cheer on the happy couple and their wedding guests, who included Princes William and Harry and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Lady Melissa, known as Missy, arrived at the church with her father in a magnificent horse-drawn carriage, which was restored three years ago for her sister Lady Katie’s wedding.

Missy wowed onlookers, many of whom had waited for hours, with her white wedding gown, which was embellished with lace.

The dress was designed by Bruce Oldfield with flowers by Hexham-based florist Caro Dickinson, who also decorated the church and Alnwick Castle.

Prince William and Guy Pelly were joint best men, while Lady Katie and Chelsy Davy were bridesmaids.

Pippa Middleton, Prince Harry’s girlfriend Cressida Bonas, Holly Branson, actress Rose Leslie and Proudlock from E4’s Made in Chelsea were among the high-profile guests.

Young members of the bridal party, including six-year-old Niamh Cullen from Alnwick, were dressed in Robin Hood and green woodland fairy outfits.

After the 5pm service, a reception was held in the castle’s State Rooms, followed by dinner in a marquee.

There will be fireworks this evening which the public can watch from the Pastures below the castle.

SEE SPECIAL 12-PAGE SUPPLEMENT IN THIS THURSDAY’S NORTHUMBERLAND GAZETTE

SEE THE VIDEOS ON OUR WEBSITE TO SEE IF YOU CAN SPOT ANY OF THE CELEBRITIES