Harry and Meghan steal the show at Princess Diana’s niece’s wedding

Newlyweds Harry and Meghan steal the show as glamorous royals descend on Lincolnshire for the wedding of Diana’s niece (and she’s wearing one of the late Princess’s favourite tiaras)

  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a family wedding yesterday
  • Harry and Meghan attended the nuptials of Harry’s cousin Celia McCorquodale
  • Celia is the daughter of Princess Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale 
  • The bride wore the same tiara worn by Diana on her own wedding in 1981 
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked in excellent spirits as they attended a family wedding yesterday. 

The newlyweds co-ordinated in powder blue as they watched Princess Diana’s niece Celia McCorquodale tie the knot with George Woodhouse at St Andrew and St Mary’s Church in Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire.

The bride, daughter of Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, looked dazzling in the same tiara her late aunt wore at her own 1981 wedding. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the wedding of Celia McCorquodale yesterday

Newlywed Meghan looked stylish in a draped blue and white dress for the occasion

The couple held hands as they walked into the church ceremony in Linolnshire yesterday

Celia, daughter of Lady Sarah McCorquodale tied the knot with George Woodhouse, pictured

The bride wore the Spencer tiara, which Princess Diana wore on her wedding day, pictured

D&G model and muse Lady Kitty Spencer, pictured, also attended the family wedding 

The Duchess of Sussex looked perfectly at ease as she greeted fellow guests at the wedding

Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, attended with his wife Karen Gordon

Mother-of-the-bride Lady Sarah McCorquodale, right, sister of Princess Diana at the wedding

Princess Diana’s sister Lady Jane Fellowes, pictured, opted for a playful coat for the event

Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, were joined by other members of the Spencer clan including D&G model Lady Kitty Spencer for the intimate ceremony.   

The new Duchess of Sussex stunned in a long-sleeved blue-and-white shirt dress and white fascinator at the – exactly four weeks after her big day.

Celia, who is the younger daughter of the Princess of Wales’ sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale, looked beautiful in a lace-bodiced dress and a full veil, held in place by the stunning diamond tiara worn by Princess Diana at her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.

Celia, 29, attended Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding exactly a month ago and she returned the favour by inviting the couple to her country wedding to George Woodhouse at St Andrew and St Mary’s Church in Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire.

The new Duchess of Sussex stunned in a long-sleeved blue-and-white shirt dress and white fascinator

Meghan’s flowing summer dress offered a glimpse of her legs as she strolled into the church

The newlyweds arrived hand-in-hand for the wedding in Lincolnshire yesterday

Prince Harry’s wedding band was on show as he arrived for the church service on Saturday

The bride and groom beamed at the entrance to the church after exchanging vows

Celia, cousin of Prince William and Harry, was the picture of happiness on her wedding day

The bride and groom kissed at the entrance to the church after the short service

The Spencer Tiara: Diana’s heirloom wedding piece

The Spencer Tiara was worn by Princess Diana at her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, and worn by her on numerous occasions after her big day.

The tiara is a family heirloom that was also worn by all of Diana’s sisters on their wedding days.

The headpiece, which was made by Garrads, has an elaborate design of stylised flowers decorated with diamonds in silver settings.

Said to date back to the 18th century, it was given to Diana’s grandmother, Cynthia, Viscountess Althorp, by a distant relative called Lady Sarah Spencer as a wedding gift in 1919.

Heirloom: Princess Diana of Wales chose the Spencer tiara for her July 1981 wedding day and numerous times since then

Diana wears the Spencer Tiara on tour in Australia and New Zealand in 1983 (left) and again in Australia in 1985 (right)

The tiara was remounted and sections were added in the Thirties, with the oldest pieces said to be at either end. It features large gold scrolling foliage adorned with tulips, stars and a central heart, each decorated with diamonds and set in silver. Its curved shape and whimsical design make it different to the more formal style of royal headpieces.

Reportedly Diana’s favourite, it was worn by her older sisters, Jane and Sarah, on their wedding days (in 1978 and 1980 respectively). Diana, as bridesmaid to both, had longed for the day she might wear the sparkling headpiece as a bride, and on her wedding day it served as a fitting ‘something borrowed’.

The tiara’s value is unknown, but earlier this year the Spencer family sold another headpiece, set with more than 800 diamonds, for £185,000 to a mystery bidder at auction.

The tiara is now owned by Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, and has been in the Spencer family in various guises for more than 90 years.

Harry and Meghan looked delighted to be at the occasion as they arrived at the pretty country church holding hands and smiling and laughing with the other guests.

Prince Harry was dressed in a morning suit, with a Royal blue tie to match Meghan’s dress. Her dark hair was neatly pinned up and she wore white high heels and carried a small white clutch bag.

The pair were warmly greeted by the Spencer family, with Prince Harry’s cousin, Louis Spencer, 24, who was recently dubbed Britain’s most eligible bachelor, giving him a bear hug and kissing Meghan on the cheek.

The smiling duchess navigated the grass in a pair of white pointed heels

Harry looked proud to have his new wife on his arm as they made their way into the church

The couple, pictured at the wedding, tied the knot themselves four weeks ago yesterday

The bride, Celia, arrived at the church in a vintage 1910 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and walked into the church on the arm of her father, Neil McCorquodale. 

Her bridal train was carried by a pretty flower girl and she was accompanied by an array of bridesmaids. She carried a bouquet featuring white roses.

Other guests included Princess Diana’s brother Earl Charles Spencer and her sister Lady Jane Fellowes, who did a reading for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their wedding.

Prince Harry’s cousin, Lady Kitty Spencer, 27, who is an aspiring model, was also at the wedding and looked stunning in a floral dress. Prince William and his family did not attend the wedding.

The ceremony lasted around 45 minutes and afterwards the wedding guests were invited back to a reception at Celia’s parents’ home nearby.

The Spencer Tiara was worn by Princess Diana at her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, and worn by her on numerous occasions after her big day.

The tiara is a family heirloom that was also worn by all of Diana’s sisters on their wedding days.

The headpiece, which was made by Garrads in the 1930s, has an elaborate design of stylised flowers decorated with diamonds in silver settings.

The tiara is now owned by Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer.

Who’s who in the Spencer clan?

The McCorquodales 

Sarah and Neil McCorquodale

Lady Sarah McCorquodale, 63, is the eldest of the Spencer children. She dated Prince Charles in 1977 and introduced the royal to her youngest sister. She married Neil McCorquodale, a farmer and former officer with the Coldstream Guards, in May 1980. 

The couple have three children and two grandchildren.

Close: Sarah McCorquodale, pictured, used to accompany her sister to royal events

Emily McCorquodale

Emily McCorquodale, 34, is the eldest of the McCorquodale brood. In 2003, aged 19, she was diagnosed with cancer while studying at Leeds Metropolitan University but was later given the all-clear. 

In 2012 she married husband James Hutt, whom she met on a blind date, in a ceremony in Lincolnshire, which was attended by Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The couple have two children, Isabella, three, and Henry, two.

Returning the invite: Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge all attended the wedding of their cousin, Emily McCorquodale and James Hutt in 2012, pictured

George McCorquodale

Like Harry, George McCorquodale, 33, inherited the ginger Spencer curls. He is said to enjoy a close relationship with his cousins after joining them for family holidays on Necker, Sir Richard Branson’s private island. 

Prince Harry was guest of honour when George married Bianca Moore, at Netherwood in KwaZulu-Nata, South Africa, in August 2016. 

Celia McCorquodale

Bride-to-be: Celia, in her late 20s, announced her own engagement last November

Celia, believed to be 28, made headlines in 2012 with an album of photos that showed her partying with friends at Leeds University. 

Celia will soon be following her cousin down the aisle. She announced her engagement to George Woodhouse on 13 November 2017. 

The Fellowes

Family ties: Lady Jane Fellowes, 61, is Diana’s elder sister. One of her godparents is the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent

Lady Jane and Lord Robert Fellowes

Lady Jane Fellowes, 61, is Diana’s elder sister. One of her godparents is the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent.

She is married to Robert Fellowes, a former Private Secretary to the Queen and first cousin of Ronald Ferguson, the father of Sarah, Duchess of York.

In June 1999, Robert Fellowes was granted a life peerage as Baron Fellowes, of Shotesham in the County of Norfolk, after first being knighted as Sir Robert Fellowes. The couple have three children and four grandchildren.  

Laura Fellowes

Laura, 37, is very close to William and Harry and is one of Princess Charlotte’s godparents.  

She married equity analyst Nick Pettman in 2009 in Snettisham, west Norfolk, where her parents live in an old rectory. William and Kate were both guests.

Laura writes fiction under the name Mave Fellowes — her nickname is Mavis — and has sons.

Alexander Fellowes

Alexander — known as Beetle to friends — is a 35-year-old investment banker. He married Alexandra Finlay at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster in September 2013. Prince Harry attended the wedding.  

Alexander and Alexandra have two children, Robert, three, named after his grandfather, and 18-month-old Rose.  

Guest of honour: Harry was among the congregation when his cousin Alexander Fellowes married Alexandra Finlay in London in September 2013, pictured

Eleanor Fellowes

Eleanor Fellowes, 32, keeps a relatively low profile and is rarely seen at public events. She is believed to work as a probation officer and has published articles on issues relating to her profession. 

The Spencers

Charles Spencer and Karen Gordon

Charles, 53, the 9th Earl Spencer, is the most high profile of Princess Diana’s siblings. In his eulogy at Diana’s funeral, the journalist and broadcaster criticised the Royal Family and the Press on their treatment of his sister. 

In 1989 Spencer, then known by the courtesy title of Viscount Althorp, married his first wife, Victoria Lockwood, in Great Brington, Northamptonshire. The couple, who divorced in 1997, had three daughters and a son.

Father-of-seven: Earl Spencer with wife Karen, with whom he has a daughter, five

In December 2001 he married Caroline Freud, former wife of Matthew Freud. The couple had two children together, Edmund and Caroline. They divorced in 2007. 

Spencer married his current wife, Canadian-born philanthropist Karen Gordon, in June 2011 at the family seat of Althorp House. They have one child together, Lady Charlotte Diana Spencer, named after his sister. 

The couple reside at the Spencer ancestral seat, Althorp House, which he inherited on his father’s death in 1992.

Lady Kitty Spencer

High-profile: Lady Kitty, pictured at an event last week, is an established fashion model

Lady Kitty Spencer, 27, has forged a successful career as a model, most notably appearing in campaigns for Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana. 

The socialite, who is signed with Kate Moss’s former modelling agency Storm, is a regular fixture at the world’s hottest parties and is sure to cause a stir at the Royal Wedding. 

She is regarded as one of the most eligible young women on London’s social scene, having split from her property tycoon boyfriend at the start of the summer. Lady Kitty grew up in South Africa and is now based in Fulham.

Lady Eliza and Lady Amelia Spencer   

Lookalikes: Ladies Amelia and Eliza, 25, with their elder sister Kitty, 27, at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. All three are expected to attend

Twins Lady Eliza and Lady Amelia, 25, share their elder sister’s good looks but keep a much lower profile. 

Like their sister, the twins were raised in South Africa and attended university in Cape Town.

In 2011 Lady Amelia appeared in a South African court accused of assaulting a man on crutches in McDonald’s. She was cleared of all charges.

Louis Spencer 

Louis, 24, is the fourth child and eldest son of Earl Spencer and will therefore inherit his father’s estates and title ahead of his elder sisters. 

He studied at Diocesan College in Cape Town and later enrolled at the University of Edinburgh.

Heir: Louis Spencer, 24, pictured in 2014, will inherit his father’s estates and title

Edmund and Caroline Spencer

The Vanity Fair report makes no mention of Edmund and Caroline Spencer, Charles’ children from his second marriage, receiving an invite to the royal wedding. 

As Edmund, 14, and Caroline, 12, are still young, they perhaps wouldn’t attend the late-night after-party. 

Lady Charlotte Spencer

Lady Charlotte Diana, five, is Earl Spencer’s youngest child and his only one with third wife Karen. 

Like her half-siblings Edmund and Caroline, Lady Charlotte is not named in the Vanity Fair report and would be unlikely to receive a late-night party invite because of her age.  

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