Rupert Murdoch wed former supermodel Jerry Hall in a low-key ceremony in central London on Friday, the fourth marriage for the media mogul.
The 84-year-old executive chairman of News Corp (NWSA.O) and owner of 21st Century Fox Inc, and Hall, 59, smiled happily for photographers after the ceremony at Spencer House, an 18th-century mansion built for an ancestor of Princess Diana.
“No more tweets for ten days or ever! Feel like the luckiest AND happiest man in world,” Murdoch wrote on Twitter
No more tweets for ten days or ever! Feel like the luckiest AND happiest man in world.
— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) March 4, 2016
Murdoch, dressed in a navy suit, and Hall, wearing a pale-gray trench coat and flat shoes, began dating last summer after being introduced while in Australia and were first seen in public together at the Rugby Union World Cup Final in London in October.
They got engaged in January in Los Angeles where they had been attending Hollywood’s Golden Globes awards ceremony, announcing the news in a classified advert in the Times of London newspaper, one of the many titles his group owns.
On Saturday, the couple will celebrate the marriage with a service at London’s historic St Bride’s church, famed for its wedding-cake spire.
The spiritual home of British journalism, St Bride’s was designed by Christopher Wren, who was also responsible for nearby St Paul’s Cathedral.
The church is located on Fleet Street, where Britain’s major newspapers were located from the 1700s to the 1980s. Murdoch himself hastened Fleet Street’s demise as a press hub when he moved his print works to east London.
“Within months the printing dinosaur that was Fleet Street was dead. By 1989 all the national newspapers had decamped as other proprietors followed Murdoch’s lead,” the church’s own website says.
Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald reported this week that the couple’s 10 children from previous relationships would be at Saturday’s service, with the six daughters acting as bridesmaids.
A native of Melbourne, Australia, Murdoch divorced his third wife, Wendi Deng, in 2013 after 14 years, saying their marriage had been irretrievably broken. Deng is a former executive at Murdoch-owned Star TV in China.
Texan model and actress Hall was in a long-term relationship with Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger for more than 20 years. In proceedings in 1999, it was annulled after the British musician claimed they had never been legally married.
The media mogul and former model have wed and will celebrate their marriage this weekend in London at a Fleet Street church
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall formally wed on Friday and will celebrate the marriage at a ceremony attended by their numerous children this weekend. Here is all the information about the wedding plans.
When are Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall getting married?
Mr Murdoch, 84, and Ms Hall, 59, got married at an aristocratic palace in London on Friday. They smiled for photographers together, the former supermodel wearing a trench coat and flat shoes.
The ceremony was held at Spencer House in London, a venue which is described on its website as “one of the most sumptuous private residences ever built” in the capital.
A spokesman for the Murdoch family confirmed that the ceremony took place.
Mr Murdoch said afterwards that he was the “luckiest AND happiest” man in the world.
Hall wore her trademark blonde hair in waves, and had a smart handbag slung over her arm.
She wore a knee-length navy skirt and black tights, while Mr Murdoch wore a navy suit.
Spencer House was built between 1756-1766 for John, first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales, and it is said to be London’s finest surviving eighteenth-century town house.
Photo: © Max Mumby
Its website says the “elegant” venue is available for “intimate” weddings. The witnesses to the wedding were Mr Murdoch’s son Lachlan and Ms Hall’s friend Suzanne Wyman. The only other person present was Lachlan’s wife Sarah.
Civil wedding ceremonies can take place in the Dining Room, Lady Spencer’s Room and the Great Room.
Ms Hall was seen earlier in the day shopping at upmarket hosiery designer Tabio with good friend Ms Wyman, wife of Rolling Stones star Bill, on the King’s Road in Chelsea, West London.
They are set to celebrate their marriage at a private ceremony this weekend, on Saturday 5th March, just two months after they got engaged and less than a year after they were first introduced.
The night before the celebration the couple intend to dine seaparately with their own families.
Photo: Rex Features
Where will the wedding take place?
The venue for the celebration is St Bride’s Church on Fleet Street in London. The church is known as the Journalists’ Church, considered the ‘spiritual home’ of those who work in the media.
The church, which has space for 150 to 200 guests, will be closed to the public for the day.
Mr Murdoch famously killed off the historic link between Fleet Street and the newspaper industry in the 1980s when he moved the printing presses to Wapping in east London.
St Bride’s history reads: “On January 24 1986, some 6,000 newspaper workers went on strike after the breakdown of negotiations with Rupert Murdoch’s News International, parent of Times Newspapers and News Group Newspapers.
“They were unaware that Murdoch had built and clandestinely equipped a new-technology printing plant in Wapping. When they struck, he moved his operation overnight.
“Within months the printing dinosaur that was Fleet Street was dead. By 1989 all the national newspapers had decamped as other proprietors followed Murdoch’s lead.”
Who is on the guest list?
All six of the pair’s daughters from previous relationships will be bridesmaids at the service, according to reports in the Sydney Morning Herald. “All the daughters are being included, from both sides … it was a very specific request to bring them all together for the wedding,” a source told the Australian newspaper.
Mr Murdoch and Ms Hall have ten children between them. Ms Hall has two daughters with Mick Jagger, Georgia May, 24, and Elizabeth, 32. The billionaire media mogul’s eldest daughters Prudence, 57, and Elizabeth, 47, will attend the wedding alongside his younger children, Grace, 14, and Chloe, 12, from his marriage with Wendi Deng.
The Australian newspaper proprietor has been married three times before, while Ms Hall’s Bali ‘marriage’ with Mr Jagger was later annulled. She also famously dated Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry.
Neither Ms Deng or Mr Jagger are expected to be guests at the wedding.
What will Jerry Hall wear?
It is rumoured that Ms Hall will opt for a Vivienne Westwood wedding dress for the occasion. The former model has worked for a range of top designers so could take her pick of the labels for her bridal gown.
How did the couple meet?
The pair were introduced in Australia last year by Mr Murdoch’s family. They went public with their relationship in October when they attended the Rugby World Cup final together at Twickenham.
When did they get engaged?
The executive chairman of News Corporation revealed his engagement to the actress and former supermodel in the births, deaths and marriages section of one of his own newspapers, The Times, in January.
A spokesman for the Murdoch family said at the time: “They have loved these past months together, are thrilled to be getting married and excited about their future.”