Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall wedding: Sir Bob Geldof, Andrew Lloyd Webber join the celebrations

Murdoch and Hall are holding celebrations in the 'heart of Fleet Street'

Olivia Blair
Saturday 05 March 2016 12:40
Murdoch and Hall leave St Bride's Church following their ceremony
Murdoch and Hall leave St Bride's Church following their ceremony

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall have celebrated their wedding at a ceremony attended by a number of famous faces, from playwrights to Cabinet ministers.

The couple, who announced their engagement in January, officially married in a private ceremony at Spencer House in London on Friday.

Following Friday's ceremony, Murdoch told his 745,000 Twitter followers he would be taking a break from social media following his nuptials.

They have now held another ceremony, which was expected to include around 100 guests, at St Bride’s Church – which proclaims itself “the journalists’ Church” - in the heart of Fleet Street.

Ruper Murdoch's wedding

The 84-year-old media mogul arrived at the Church with his sons wearing a navy suit just before 10.30am this morning.

Rupert Murdoch with his sons Lachlan, left and James, right

The comedian Barry Humphries, better known as Dame Edna Everage, joked as he made his way into the Church: “I’m not getting married”, when reporters asked how he was feeling.

“I’m very happy. I think it’s great, I like them both,” he said.

Among the guests seen entering the church on Saturday morning were Sir Bob Geldof, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Richard E Grant, Sir Michael Caine and the artist Tracey Emin.

Notable media figures were, of course, also on the list including Alan Yentob, Rebekah Brooks, the Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre and the editor of The Sun Tony Gallagher.

Ms Hall, 59, then arrived. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Hall's bridesmaids would include all of her and her and Murdoch's daughters, which totals six. Hall's daughters Georgia-May and Lizzy Jagger were seen wearing blue bridesmaids dresses as were Murdoch's daughters Grace and Chloe on Saturday morning.

Jerry Hall arrives at St Bride's for the ceremony to celebrate her marriage to Rupert Murdoch

A number of politicians including Michael Gove and employment minister Priti Patel were also in attendance.

The marriage is Murdoch's fourth and Hall's first, she was previously in a long-term relationship with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

The chosen venue for today's blessing has not been without controversy. Some Fleet Street journalists expressed anger at the venue choice, given his effective shut-down of the street's historic link with the industry after he relocated printing presses to Wapping, east London in the 1980s.

Additional reporting by the Press Association.

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