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Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall celebrate marriage in Fleet Street church

Published 05/03/2016

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall leave Spencer House
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall leave Spencer House

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall have celebrated their marriage in a private service at a Fleet Street church.

Grey skies and a spattering of rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the happy newlyweds, who exited 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 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", offering "a spiritual home to all who work in the media".

Around 100 guests attended the service, including the couple's 10 children from previous marriages.

Among the prestigious guest list was composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, playwright Sir Tom Stoppard and Sir Michael Caine.

Paul Dacre, Rebekah Brooks and Alan Yentob also attended, as did British artist Tracey Emin.

As music and singing filled the church crowds of onlookers pressed up against the railings hoping to catch a glimpse of the famous couple.

Murdoch, whose News UK company publishes The Times and The Sun newspapers, gave reporters a thumbs up before entering the church, flanked by his sons James and Lachlan.

Barry Humphries, the Australian comedian better known as Dame Edna Everage, joked: "I'm not getting married" as reporters asked him how he was feeling.

He said: "I'm very happy. I think it's great, I like them both.

"The wedding present was hard to work out.

"I always liked Jerry but unfortunately I'm married," he joked, before entering the church.

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

Mr Murdoch and Hall 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."

Music by Wagner, Schubert and Vivaldi filled St Bride's as Murdoch and Hall celebrated their marriage among family and friends.

The rings were blessed and the newly-weds reaffirmed their marriage vows during the hour-long service, conducted by the Revd Canon Dr Alison Joyce, Rector of St Bride's church.

The congregation was asked: "Will you, the families and friends of Rupert and Jerry, support and uphold them in their marriage now and in the years to come?" to which they replied "We will."

Murdoch's son, James, read out a passage from the Bible - 1 Corinthians 13 - to mark the occasion.

The second reading was performed by Gabriel Jagger, Hall's son from her previous relationship to the Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

The teenager read an excerpt from the Chinese text Tao te Ching, by Laozi.

Hymns including Amazing Grace and Jerusalem were sung, while St Bride's choir performed Set Me As A Seal Upon Thine Heart.

The pair then signed St Bride's register of blessings before exiting the church to the sound of Vivaldi's Gloria.

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