Thursday 23 May 2019

Game Of Thrones stars tie the knot

Rose Leslie and Kit Harington have married in Aberdeenshire.

Kit Harington and Rose Leslie at Rayne Church, Kirkton of Rayne in Aberdeenshire, after their wedding (Jane Barlow/PA)
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie at Rayne Church, Kirkton of Rayne in Aberdeenshire, after their wedding (Jane Barlow/PA)

By Lucy Christie, Lucinda Cameron and Sherna Noah, Press Association

Game Of Thrones stars Rose Leslie and Kit Harington have married at a church in Aberdeenshire.

Guests lined the path outside Rayne Church in Kirkton of Rayne and newlyweds Harington and Leslie were cheered and showered with flower petal confetti as they left.

The couple got into an old Land Rover Defender decorated with paper hearts with Just Married written on them and with tin cans tied to the back, which rattled as the couple drove off to the reception at her 12th Century family castle.

Guests at the wedding include Game Of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke, actor Jack Donnelly and his partner, actress Malin Akerman.

Rose Leslie and her father Sebastian Leslie arrive at the church for the wedding (Jane Barlow/PA)

Leslie wore a flowing ivory gown and veil for the ceremony while Harington was dressed in a morning suit.

Earlier Ms Leslie’s father said he is “thrilled” for his daughter.

The couple, both aged 31, who played on-screen lovers in the epic TV drama, are celebrating at Wardhill Castle.

Speaking outside the castle on Saturday, Sebastian Leslie said: “We are absolutely thrilled for Kit and Rose to be marrying today.”

The local councillor added: “It’s an absolutely lovely day for us.”

He added: “It’s a great day for Aberdeenshire. We are using local caterers, local lighting, local flowers.”

Actresses Sophie Turner (left) and Maisie Williams arrive at the church (Jane Barlow/PA)

The couple met while filming the fantasy saga in 2012 and played on-screen lovers Jon Snow and Ygritte.

Two years after they met, Leslie left Game Of Thrones, while Harington has become one of the show’s most popular stars and has appeared in every episode.

Fans of the show gathered outside the castle hoping to catch a glimpse of the couple.

Two students from China, currently studying in Glasgow, were among the fans who gathered at the venue.

Actors Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke on their way to the wedding (Jane Barlow/PA)

Yunyao Li, 23, and Qiong dan Xu, 23, said they are fans of Harington’s alter-ego in Game Of Thrones.

Clutching floral bouquets for the stars, they said: “We would like to see him if possible.”

A wedding date of June 23 was previously posted at Aberdeenshire’s Huntly registration office.

The stars announced their engagement in the Times newspaper last year.

And speaking to L’Uomo Vogue, Harington said it was “easy” to fall in love with Leslie and his best memory of the show was meeting his future partner while filming in Iceland in 2012.

“The country is beautiful … the Northern Lights are magical … it was there that I fell in love,” he said.

“If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love.”

The Good Fight actress Leslie said she had been too busy to plan the wedding, telling Town And Country magazine: “I haven’t tackled it. There’s just too much to do.”

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