25 JUN 2016
Wedding of Alexandra Knatchbull
The society wedding of the year took place on 25th June 2016 at Romsey Abbey, Hampshire when The Hon. Alexandra Knatchbull (b.1982), the eldest daughter of Norton, 8th Lord Brabourne (b.1947) & Penelope, Lady Brabourne (b.1953) married her fiancé - Mr Thomas Hooper (b.1979), the son of Peter Huntly Hooper (b.1950) and Patricia M. 'Tiggy' Bucknill.
ABOVE: Alexandra with Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales arriving at Romsey Abbey, Hampshire prior to her wedding
INSET: the groom - Mr Thomas Hooper
The bride - dressed in an ivory satin gown (designed by Inge Sprawson) with lace embroidery and capped sleeves, was walked down the aisle by Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b.1948), who took the place of her father due to an undisclosed "illness". However, it was rumored that the real reason for the unusual substitution was because Alexandra was unhappy with her father after he walked out on his wife and children in 2010 to live in The Bahamas with Eugenie 'Jeannie', Lady Nuttall (née McWeeney) (b.1952), the widow of businessman and tax exile - Major Sir Nicholas Nuttall, Bt. (1933-2007).
Parents of the bride - Norton, 8th Lord Brabourne
& Penelope, Lady Brabourne
arriving at Romsey Abbey for the wedding of
their daughter Alexandra to Thomas Hooper
In a rare display of public unity, Alexandra's parents - Norton & Penelope, arrived at the wedding together on the day which would have been the 30th birthday of their youngest child - Leonora, who died in 1991 aged just 5yrs old. Coincidentally, the date was also the anniversary of Mountbatten's birth in 1900. Like her mother and grandmother, Alexandra wore The Mountbatten Star Tiara at her wedding. The tiara was given to Mountbatten for his wedding to Edwina in 1922, by his mother Victoria, The Marchioness of Milford Haven, formerly Princess Victoria of Hesse & By the Rhine (1863-1950).
During the wedding service, which was conducted by The Rev. Canon Tim Sledge, Vicar of Romsey, the congregation in Romsey Abbey were entertained by The Bach Choir, conducted by Philip Scriven (b.1970) who performed several pieces including 'The Hallelujah Chorus' from 'Messiah', by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759).
A short film by Romsey's Daily Echo
about the wedding of Alexandra to Thomas Hooper
Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
arriving at Romsey Abbey for the wedding of Alexandra to Thomas Hooper
The Mountbatten Star Tiara -
worn by four generations of Mountbatten brides
In the congregation was Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952- ), who was accompanied by Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (b.1921), god-father to the father of the bride. Also present were many British and European aristocrats and royalty including - Princess Anne, The Princess Royal (b.1950); Princess Alexandra, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy (b.1936); Queen Sofia of Spain (b.1938), the wife of King Juan Carlos I of Spain (b.1938); Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan (b.1947), the uncle of King Abdullah II of Jordan (b.1962), who was accompanied by his wife - Princess Sarvath al-Hassan (b.1947); Princess Irene of Greece & Denmark (b.1942), the daughter of King Paul I of the Hellenes (1901-1964); King Constantine II of the Hellenes (b.1940), who was accompanied by his wife - Queen Anne-Marie (b.1946); Prince Philipp, The Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (b.1970), who was accompanied by his wife - Princess Saskia (b.1973); Princess Florence "Florrie" von Preußen (b.1983), the great-great-granddaughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany (1859-1941), who was accompanied by her husband - The Hon. James Tollemache (b.1980), the son of Timothy, 5th Lord Tollemache (b.1939).