Queen Elizabeth made a rare appearance at a society wedding over the weekend, attending the wedding of Alexandra Knatchbull to Thomas Hooper at Romsey Abbey, Hampshire.
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Alexandra Knatchbull, 33, is the great-granddaughter of the late Louis Mountbatten (Prince Philip‘s uncle), and her father is Norton Knatchbull, the 8th Lord Brabourne (friend of Prince Charles and godfather of Prince William). Alexandra is also one of Princess Diana‘s goddaughters.
The “society wedding of the year” brought out several royals, including the Queen and Philip, Princess Anne, Princess Alexandra, Queen Sofia of Spain, and King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece.
Charles walked the bride down the aisle instead of her father. I’ve seen claims that this was due to Lord Brabourne’s “ill health”, but he ditched his marriage in 2010 and ran away to the Bahamas with a fashion designer (that relationship ended in 2014, he now lives in a converted barn on the Brabourne estate), and a family friend says Alexandra was “furious” at her father for leaving her mother, so that may have played a role in why she asked Charles to walk her down the aisle instead. Alexandra’s parents walked into the church arm-in-arm, for what it’s worth.
I cannot find an Id on Alexandra’s ivory satin gown with cap-sleeves, but she wore the Mountbatten Star Tiara and a lace veil. I’m not a huge fan of the tiara – those pointy button/star tiaras just aren’t my favorite design – and I dislike the seem around the bust on the dress, but I appreciate the simplicity of the gown.
There are lots of photos over at the Daily Mail.
I think it’s nice that Charles got asked to walk Alexandra down the aisle. He doesn’t have a daughter of his own – though he wanted one – so it’s a nice gesture.
I also think the Queen looked cheery in her salmon pink outfit and Singapore Peranakan Diamond Jubilee Brooch.