Princess Di's brother weds -- for third time
Charles Spencer, the brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, has been married for a third time. The 47-year-old Earl wed Karen Gordon, 38, a Canadian philanthropist and former model, at Althorp, the Spencer family seat in Northamptonshire, England, yesterday.
The couple are understood to have married in a private civil ceremony followed by a blessing, attended by family and close friends, within the grounds of Althorp, where Diana is buried.
Prince William and his new wife Kate did not attend the wedding due to his work commitments at RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales, where he works as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot.
A royal aide said Prince Harry also missed the service due to "a long-standing private engagement".
Ms Gordon wore a sleeveless ivory-lace dress for the morning ceremony, at which the local Spencer House choir sang: "Rejoice, the Lord is King".
The marriage was followed by a lunch reception for around 170 guests, including the Earl's sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.
A helicopter, believed to have been carrying the newlyweds, was seen leaving the grounds of Althorp yesterday afternoon.
The Earl's third marriage is the latest chapter in his colourful private life, which has seen his previous two marriages end in divorce. There was also a broken engagement last year.
In March 2010, Earl Spencer, who has six children by his two former wives, became engaged to Bianca Eliot, whose husband, Jago, died in the bath after suffering an epileptic fit in 2006.
The couple were due to marry last autumn, but the wedding was called off in September and the Earl is believed to have started dating Ms Gordon soon afterwards.
He was previously married to Caroline Freud, the former wife of the PR guru Matthew Freud, and the model Victoria Lockwood, to whom he proposed 10 days after meeting her.
Prince William was a page boy at the Earl's marriage to Ms Lockwood in 1989, which was also attended by Princess Diana.
The couple had four children, but the marriage ended in 1997.
During divorce proceedings in South Africa, where the couple had moved, Ms Lockwood claimed the Earl told her he had conducted affairs with 12 women during a five-month period when was being treated for drug addiction and an eating disorder.
He married his second wife, Caroline, in 2001. The couple had two children, but separated in 2007 when their youngest child was four months old. The Earl then had a relationships with Coleen Sullivan, an American television reporter.
The new Countess Spencer, who previously worked as a hotel receptionist and a catalogue model, has two daughters, aged 12 and 10, from her former marriage to film producer Mark Gordon.
Following her divorce from Mr Gordon in 2003, she founded Whole Child International, a charity for orphans.
The couple are believed to be planning on spending most of their time in America.