Friends and stars en­sure big turnout at cer­e­mony

Yorkshire Post - - ROYAL WEDDING - DAVID BEHRENS COUNTY COR­RE­SPON­DENT Email: Twit­ter: @york­shire­post

IT WAS the sec­ond Royal wed­ding in five months, but de­spite the chill au­tumn wind that blew through Wind­sor and the rel­a­tive ab­sence of transat­lantic tele­vi­sion crews, the father of the bride was de­ter­mined that it would be no sideshow.

There were, said the Duke of York, more guests than when Harry and Meghan tied the knot in May, be­cause Princess Eu­ge­nie “has so many friends”.

He told Ruth Langs­ford and Ea­monn Holmes on ITV: “It will not be the same as the pre­vi­ous one. It’s not a pub­lic wed­ding. This is meant to be a fam­ily wed­ding.”

But he added: “There will be a few more peo­ple than most peo­ple have. There are a few more than Harry had. But that’s just the na­ture of Eu­ge­nie and Jack.

“They have got so many friends that they need a church of that size to fit them all in.”

Some 800 guests – 200 more than in May – were in­side the chapel yes­ter­day. Its lay­out had been al­tered to ac­com­mo­date the big­ger crowd.

Chairs were lined out fac­ing into the aisle, with the model Kate Moss tak­ing her seat on the front row. She was joined by her part­ner, Count Niko­lai von Bis­marck. Ms Moss wore a del­i­cate mono­chrome polka dot out­fit, while her fel­low model, Naomi Camp­bell was in a tex­tured black knee­length dress with white de­tail­ing.

Those with trou­ble find­ing their seats were helped along with name tags placed on each chair, a for­mal­ity miss­ing at Harry and Meghan’s wed­ding.

Tak­ing his place in the sec­ond row was the co­me­dian Jimmy Carr, who on ar­rival fid­dled with his cuff­links.

A few seats down from him was the singer Ricky Martin, next to his part­ner Jwan Yosef.

On the other side of the aisle, the pop star El­lie Gould­ing and her fi­ance Cas­par Jo­pling sat next to one an­other.

Front row guests in the nave in­cluded the broad­caster Stephen Fry, singer James Blunt, and the artist Tracey Emin who chat­ted to a friend in the aisle ahead of the bride’s ar­rival.

Mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily ar­rived in a group, with Zara and Mike Tin­dall among them.

The Duchess of Sus­sex, who ar­rived with Prince Harry, wore a navy dress and coat by Givenchy and a hat by Noel Ste­wart.

Harry’s old flame Chelsy Davy was also at the lav­ish cer­e­mony, dressed in navy. She ar­rived with Lady Melissa Percy, the Northum­ber­land heiress, who chose a strik­ing pow­der blue flared cat­suit-style out­fit.

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