HUNDREDS of people cheered and clapped as the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland’s eldest daughter tied the knot this afternoon (Saturday).
Well-wishers lined Bailiffgate and crowded round the entrance to St Michael’s Church as a steady stream of guests arrived for the wedding of Lady Katie Percy, 28, and Patrick Valentine, 30.
There were cheers, whistles and claps as the fairytale aristocrat wedding saw the bride arrive in a horse-drawn carriage with her father.
Dressed in a simple but stunning lace Bruce Oldfield dress with cream shrug, Lady Katie was met by her mother, the Duchess, in pale pink, sister and bridesmaid Lady Melissa in a floor-length shiny red dress and brothers Earls George and Max.
Cute page boys were dressed in mini military uniforms, complete with fake swords and guns while flower girls wore ivory dresses with black velvet capes and red rose and greenery garlands in their hair.
Kate Middleton’s sister Pippa and Chelsea Davy, who has been dating Prince Harry, were guests at the occasion.
But despite speculation and around 20 press photographers expecting their arrival, Prince William and his fiancee were nowhere in sight.
Guests, dressed in all their finery, trickled into the church from around 3.30pm. The 5pm service was conducted by Canon Michael Webb and assisted by Rev Rachel Squires.
Well-wishers waited outside as the ceremony took place, wanting to catch a glimpse of the newly-weds as they walked back through the arch at the entrance to the church, with beaming smiles.
Lady Katie and her new husband made the journey back to Alnwick Castle in the recently-restored coach, which 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 pulled by two white horses and adorned with faux-flickering candles.
White rose petals were scattered along the entrance to the church, which was decorated with white flowers and greenery alongside candles.
It was left open afterwards for well-wishers to have a look.
One onlooker said: “It was all simply stunning. Who needs a Royal wedding when we have this in our little town.”
Around 300 guests will be celebrating with the couple tonight with a reception in the state rooms followed by dinner and dancing in a marquee at the Castle. A firework display is due to take place at around 10.45pm.