Alnwick gears up for Missy’s big day

Lady Melissa Percy and her fiance Thomas van Straubenzee. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Lady Melissa Percy and her fiance Thomas van Straubenzee. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Alnwick is gearing up to celebrate its own high-society wedding this weekend amid continued speculation that Royals will be in town for the event.

Lady Melissa Percy, the youngest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, known as Missy, will marry Thomas van Straubenzee in St Michael’s Church at 5pm on Saturday.

Jean Humphrys, Vivien Kay, Hilary Waugh and Christine Yeaman from the Baliffgate Museum which has been adorned with bunting ready for the big day.

Jean Humphrys, Vivien Kay, Hilary Waugh and Christine Yeaman from the Baliffgate Museum which has been adorned with bunting ready for the big day.

Residents and visitors are expected to line Bailiffgate to catch a glimpse of the bride as she arrives at the church in a carriage which was restored three years ago for her sister Lady Katie’s wedding at the same venue.

Guests will walk from Alnwick Castle to the church along Bailiffgate for the service.

Princes Harry and William are good friends of Mr van Straubenzee and were recently photographed at his stag do in London.

The pictures have fuelled speculation that the Royals will be in attendance. The national press has also reported that the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge could be there.

Rose Leslie

Rose Leslie

One guest that has been confirmed is Game of Thrones actress Rose Leslie, who has also appeared in ITV’s Downton Abbey and Vera.

However, the Duchess of Northumberland has previously said that the day is about Missy and Thomas.

In Alnwick, final preparations for the wedding are under way. Alnwick Castle, where the couple will celebrate after their nuptials, has had steady stream of deliveries.

Bunting has been put out on the Bailiffgate Museum to mark the occasion and the town is being spruced up.

Coun Gordon Castle said: “We want the highest possible standards.

“There is a special effort being made to present the town in its best light. Hopefully it will all go well for them.”

The Duchess told the Gazette: “I’m really looking forward to it.

“It is so nice to see Missy and Van, as we call him, so relaxed and excited about their big day.”