In the year 1543, the Chapel Royal of Hampton Court Palace echoed with the vows of King Henry VIII and Catherine Parr. Five hundred and sixty-six years later, on September 12, 2009, the former royal residence was once again a silent witness to the start of a new chapter in the ever-unfolding story of the British royal family as Lord Frederick Windsor, the 31st in line to the throne, said “I do” to an actress who once wore a crown as the mature version of Queen Susan the Gentle in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Sophie Winkleman.
Approximately 350 friends and family members, including Princess Eugenie and Lady Helen Taylor, rose in honor of the bride, who clutched a bouquet of ivory-petaled roses as she made her grand entrance in a design by Anna Roza Bistroff for Roza. Her ballgown skirt and 10 ft. train gently sweeping the aisle with each step, the gown’s Duchesse satin and silk taffeta was bathed in the warm glow of candlelight as she made her way to the altar.
According to the BBC, the reverential refrains of “Be Thou My Vision,” “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” and “I Vow To Thee My Country,” a hymn performed at the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, rang out inside the chapel during a ceremony which brought to fruition a Valentine’s Day promise of a lifetime together.
The exterior of Hampton Court Palace:
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, parents of the groom, after attending the wedding:
A look at the interior of Hampton Court Palace:
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