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Duchess attends village wedding
Published 08/10/12

KATE MIDDLETON made a surprise visit to Nettlebed as a wedding guest.

Her family gathered at St Bartholomew’s Church to support bride Thierry Kelaart as she married Patrick Heathcote Amory on Saturday.

Guests arrived from 1.15pm, walking down a dirt track adjacent to the church to enter through the side entrance.

Shortly afterwards, the Duchess of Cambridge emerged from a black Land Rover and quickly made her way into the church.

She was wearing a pale grey blue silk dress with embroidered flowers. Kate accessorised with a silver clutch bag, nude court shoes and a blue hat, which served to keep her face covered.

Meanwhile, her mother Carole, brother James and sister Pippa made a more leisurely journey through the church grounds.

Mrs Middleton wore a pale pink dress and jacket with black shoes, a black clutch bag and black fascinator.

Pippa, who is thought to have attended Edinburgh University with the bride, opted for a beige dress and matching jacket and fascinator and nude court shoes identical to her sister’s. She carried a nude clutch bag.

The sisters’ father Michael gave the bride away as her father Paul died in 1992. They emerged together from Manor Farm, the bride’s family home next door to the church.

Thierry, 29, wore a vintage-style dress with ivory lace sitting on ivory satin. Her hair was pinned up and she also wore nude court shoes.

Accompanied by a number of bridesmaids and page boys, they made their way to the church, smiling broadly at waiting photographers.

The bridesmaids wore white short dresses with navy sequined cardigans and sparkly silver pumps while the boys were dressed in navy corduroy trousers, blue checked shirts and coloured braces.

The blue and white theme extended to Thierry’s simple bouquet, which had three roses, some blue spray and a number of hops.

The Rev Brendan Bailey married the couple in a Church of England ceremony.

Afterwards, guests made their way into Manor Farm for the reception.

The groom, the third son of Sir Ian and Lady Heathcote Amory, of Calverleigh, Devon, was also celebrating his 33rd birthday.

Kate waited for the majority of guests to leave the church before she made her way to the evening venue.

Anne Kelaart, the bride’s mother and a former High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, said: “The church was beautifully decorated in white and blue by Nettlebed Flower Guild and the bells rang out to salute the couple, courtesy of Nettlebed bell ringers.

“A Union flag hung from the church tower and the sun shone. It was a beautiful day.

“The reception was held in the garden of the house and the bride and groom departed off into the wild on decorated bicycles.

“We were very blessed to be surrounded by family and friends, including all the Middleton family, and Michael Middleton was kind enough to stand in for Thierry’s late father and give the bride away.”

Mrs Kelaart, who runs a farm near South Moreton, described the Middletons as “very old friends” and added: “I was surprised by all the attention but Thierry and Patrick were extremely happy — they had a lovely day. It was wonderful.”

Spectator Jenny Rogers, from Bix, said: “I just happened to be passing and saw a lot of commotion so asked what was going on. Then I heard that the future queen was here so I stayed to watch.

“I thought the bride looked absolutely stunning and it was exciting to think that something like that would be held here.”

Villager Julie Saunders said: “To see Kate was brilliant. She is such a celebrity now and the most photographed woman in the world.

“Kate reminds me of Diana with her grace and I am so pleased I saw her. It is lovely for the bride and her family that they all came.”

Fellow resident Bob Davis said: “Everyone around here is very excited to have royalty among us today. I just hope it has not detracted too much from the bride’s big day. Having a famous friend cannot be easy.”

The couple, whose engagement was announced in The Times on May 5, are now on honeymoon in Sao Tomé and Principe, a small island country off the coast of Africa.

Published 08/10/12

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