Saturday, 8 January 2011

Kate Middleton joins the future in-laws Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice at friends' wedding


Flying solo: Kate Middleton arrives for the wedding of the Honourable Sarah Louise Stourton and Harry Aubrey-Fletcher at St Andrew's Church in Aldborough, North Yorkshire

Kate Middleton took time out of planning her own wedding to attend the nuptials of close friends Honourable Sarah Louise Stourton and Harry Aubrey-Fletcher today.

With her fiance Prince William on duty as an usher, his bride-to-be arrived solo at the church service in the North Yorkshire village of Aldborough.

But she was in good company with future brother-in-law Prince Harry in attendance, as well as his cousin Princess Beatrice and her boyfriend Dave Clark.

Despite temperatures hovering around zero and snow on the ground, the princess-in-waiting braved the freezing temperatures with her bare legs on show under her fitted knee-length black velvet coat.

Miss Middleton, who turns 29 tomorrow, accessorised her outfit with a tilted black pillbox hat with a lone feather sticking out of it and matching purple heels and clutch bag.

After years of dating, it was the first wedding the couple had attended since officially announcing their engagement last year.

The last wedding they attended together - of Harry and Rosie Meade - in October took place just days after they got engaged on holiday in Kenya.

It's a cold day for a white wedding: Kate chats to a fellow guest as they hurry inside St Andrew's Church

But Miss Middleton's sapphire and diamond ring was absent as the couple did not announce their engagement until November 16.

Meanwhile, Princess Beatrice, 22, looked chic in a navy coat, matching court shoes and a royal blue fascinator on the crown of her head.

The 28-year-old groom, whose father is Sir Henry, Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, is one of Prince William's closest friends.

Over the years, Miss Middleton has got to know the bride, with the four even holidaying together in Klosters, Switzerland in 2008.

Chic: Princess Beatrice looked sleek in a blue coat and matching shoes and fascinator, while her boyfriend Dave Clark looked dapper in his tie and tails

The new Mr and Mrs Aubrey-Fletcher have also joined Prince William and his future wife on hunting parties.

Arriving at St Andrews Church, the 28-year-old bride covered her floor-length wedding gown in a white bridal coat, with her bridesmaids also wearing coats as they carried her train through the snowy church yard.

The bride, who is known to her friends as Louise, is the daughter of Edward William Stourton, 24th Baron Stourton, 27th Baron Mowbray, 28th Baron Segrave and his wife Penelope.

She is the niece of Radio 4 Today presenter Edward Stourton and was born in the Harrogate District in 1982.

Here comes the bride: The Honourable Sarah Louise Stourton arrives at the church with her coat-clad bridesmaids and her father, Edward William Stephen Stourton, the 24th Baron Stourton, 28th Baron Segrave, 27th Baron Mowbray

Also in attendance at the wedding were regulars of the Princes' social circle, including Holly Branson, Glasses Direct millionaire Jamie Murray-Wells, club owner Guy Pelly, Tom Van Straubezee and William's former Eton schoolmate James Meade and his brother Harry.

Supporting the bride were her younger siblings Isabella Laura, 27; Camilla Charlotte, 23; Francesca Jane, 22; and James Charles, 19.

And on the groom's side were his older brothers John Robert, 33, and Thomas Egerton, 30.

Among the gifts on their wedding list include cream Jasper Conran crockery, a croquet set, Monopoly and Scrabble.

After the service, the guests were transported five miles away to the reception at Allerton Park via double-decker bus.

Hanging out with the future sister-in-law: Prince Harry joined Miss Middleton at the ceremony

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source: dailymail [endtext]

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