Sunday 25 September 2016

Murdoch and Hall tie knot to delight of celeb friends

Media mogul, 84, and ex-supermodel, 59, emerge beaming from Fleet Street church

Jemma Crowe

Published 06/03/2016 | 02:30

Happy couple: Rupert Murdoch and his bride, Jerry Hall Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Happy couple: Rupert Murdoch and his bride, Jerry Hall Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Photographer David Bailey and his wife Catherine Photo: REUTERS/Neil Hall
Georgia May Jagger and Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger Photo: REUTERS/Neil Hall
Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie arriving for the wedding reception Photo: REUTERS/Neil Hall
Michael Caine and his wife Shakira Photo: REUTERS/Neil Hall
Jade Jagger Photo: REUTERS/Neil Hall
Bob Geldof and Bill Wyman Photo: REUTERS/Neil Hall
Comedian Barry Humphries and his wife Lizzie Spender Photo: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall celebrated their marriage in a private service at a Fleet Street church in London yesterday.

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Grey skies and a spattering of rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the happy newlyweds, who left St Bride's Church looking jubilant.

Scores of famous faces from the entertainment and media worlds attended the hour-long service, held just a day after the pair had officially tied the knot at lavish Spencer House in London.

"I can see Jerry Hall," an excited onlooker screamed as the former supermodel emerged looking radiant in an ice-blue, knee-length dress with long, sheer sleeves and her blonde curls pulled back off her face.

The 59-year-old paired her understated gown with silver flat shoes and cradled a small bouquet of cream flowers.

She posed with her arms around Murdoch, 84, who wore a navy blue suit and tan shoes.

Wearing huge smiles and laughing, the pair paused briefly for photographs before leaving the church yard hand in hand.

The venue in the heart of Fleet Street proclaims itself "the Journalists' Church" and offers "a spiritual home to all who work in the media".

The media mogul groom and model-actress bride emerged from St Bride's church in Fleet Street after the service beaming in the London drizzle.

Among around 100 guests were Michael Caine, Andrew Lloyd Webber, artist Tracey Emin, playwright Tom Stoppard, Bob Geldof and former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, as well as newspaper editors and executives, including Rebekah Brooks, chief of Murdoch's British newspapers.

Also attending were the couple's 10 children. Murdoch has six children from three previous marriages, while Hall has four with her ex-partner Mick Jagger.

The couple had officially tied the knot on Friday in a civil service at Spencer House, an aristocratic palace built by ancestors of the late Princess Diana. They were also due to hold a reception there yesterday.

Hall and Murdoch reaffirmed their marriage vows at the hour-long church service, which included music by Wagner, Schubert and Vivaldi and the hymns Jerusalem and Amazing Grace.

Murdoch's son James read from the Bible's 1 Corinthians - a passage that declares "the greatest of these is love" - and Hall's son Gabriel Jagger read from the ancient Chinese text the Tao Te Ching.

Murdoch, the Australian executive chairman of News Corp, and former supermodel Hall were introduced last year and announced their engagement in January.

This is the fourth marriage for Murdoch, who owns Fox News Channel, movie studio Twenty-First Century Fox, publisher HarperCollins and newspapers in both Britain and the US.

It is the first official marriage for Hall, a Texan.

She and Jagger had a private Hindu marriage ceremony in Bali, Indonesia, in 1990. However, during divorce proceedings in 1999, a British court declared the couple's marriage invalid.

Britain's newspapers were based in Fleet Street for decades until Murdoch moved his printing presses to east London in 1986 to escape the grip of the powerful printers' unions.

The rest of the print media soon followed, but the area remains the symbolic home of British journalism.

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