Sunday 4 December 2016

Newly married Rupert Murdoch 'luckiest and happiest man in the world'

Published 04/03/2016 | 13:21

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall leave Spencer House, London, after getting married.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall leave Spencer House, London, after getting married.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall leave Spencer House, London, after getting married.
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall arriving at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall leave Spencer House, London, after getting married.
Gust of wind catches Jerry Hall hair after wedding
Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, leaves Spencer House, London, after her father and Jerry Hall married.
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall celebrate with a kiss in the stands after Australia score their second try during the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London.
The announcement in The Times of the engagement between Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has said he is the "luckiest and happiest man in the world" after tying the knot with Jerry Hall at an aristocratic palace.

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Murdoch, whose News UK company publishes The Times and The Sun newspapers, appeared after the ceremony, smiling for photographers next to the former supermodel.

The wedding was held at Spencer House in London, a venue which is described on its website as "one of the most sumptuous private residences ever built" in the capital.

The 84-year-old tweeted: "No more tweets for ten days or ever! Feel like the luckiest AND happiest man in world."

Hall wore her trademark blonde hair in waves, and had a smart handbag slung over her arm. She wore a trench coat, a knee-length navy skirt and flat shoes, while Murdoch wore a navy suit.

Spencer House was built between 1756-1766 for John, first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales, and it is said to be London's finest surviving eighteenth-century town house.

Its website says the "elegant" venue is available for "intimate" weddings.

Civil wedding ceremonies can take place in the Dining Room, Lady Spencer's Room and the Great Room.

The pair will hold a private ceremony of celebration on Saturday at St Bride's Church on Fleet Street, which proclaims itself the "spiritual home of the media".

The church, which has space for 150 to 200 guests, will be closed to the public for the day.

Murdoch famously killed off the historic link between Fleet Street and the newspaper industry in the 1980s when he moved the printing presses to Wapping in east London.

St Bride's history on its website says: "On January 24 1986, some 6,000 newspaper workers went on strike after the breakdown of negotiations with Rupert Murdoch's News International, parent of Times Newspapers and News Group Newspapers.

"They were unaware that Murdoch had built and clandestinely equipped a new-technology printing plant in Wapping. When they struck, he moved his operation overnight.

"Within months the printing dinosaur that was Fleet Street was dead. By 1989 all the national newspapers had decamped as other proprietors followed Murdoch's lead."

The marriage is the fourth for Murdoch and the second for Hall, 59, who had a long relationship with Sir Mick Jagger.

The couple were spotted together at the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham on October 31 last year and announced their engagement in The Times on January 12.

The notice read: "Mr Rupert Murdoch, father of Prudence, Elisabeth, Lachlan, James, Grace and Chloe Murdoch, and Miss Jerry Hall, mother of Elizabeth, James, Georgia and Gabriel Jagger, are delighted to announce their engagement."

Murdoch was previously married to Wendi Deng, mother to two of his children, but they split in June 2013.

He reportedly paid out 1.7 billion US dollars (£1.2 billion) in a divorce settlement to his second wife Anna Murdoch, while his first wife was Patricia Booker.

Hall, one of four daughters, moved to Paris to pursue her modelling career aged just 16.

She met The Rolling Stones' frontman, and the couple wed in 1990 in Bali. But their marriage was later disputed since it was not properly conducted, and was subsequently shown to be invalid.

The pair have four children together and parted after 23 years.

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