Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall hold celebration at Fleet Street church

Published: Saturday 5th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Newlyweds Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall are set to hold a private ceremony of celebration, a day after officially tying the knot in London.

Former supermodel Hall and the media mogul will hold the ceremony on Saturday in St Bride’s Church on the capital’s Fleet Street, which proclaims itself the “spiritual home of the media”.

The church, which has space for 150 to 200 guests, will be closed to the public for the day.

Murdoch is a “big fan” of the church given his historic family links to Fleet Street, a spokesman for St Bride’s has previously said.

“I know Mr Murdoch is a very big fan of St Bride’s and has been since his father cut his teeth on Fleet Street 60 years ago, so we are delighted to hold it here,” said the spokesman.

“His father led him to England and St Bride’s has always been part of Fleet Street and the journalistic industry. Mr Murdoch has always had a lot of time and love for this place so we are delighted he is having a service of celebration here.”

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.

The 84-year-old wrote of his elation shortly after marrying Hall on Friday.

He tweeted: “No more tweets for ten days or ever! Feel like the luckiest AND happiest man in world.”

The pair emerged from their wedding at Spencer House, a venue which is described on its website as “one of the most sumptuous private residences ever built” in the capital, smiling for photographers.

Hall wore her trademark blonde hair in waves, and had a smart handbag slung over her arm. She wore a trench coat, a knee-length navy skirt and flat shoes, while Murdoch wore a navy suit.

Civil wedding ceremonies can take place in the Dining Room, Lady Spencer’s Room and the Great Room.

The marriage is the fourth for Murdoch and the second for Hall, 59, who had a long relationship with Sir Mick Jagger.

The couple 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.”

Murdoch was previously married to Wendi Deng, mother to two of his children, but they split in June 2013.

He reportedly paid out 1.7 billion US dollars (£1.2 billion) in a divorce settlement to his second wife Anna Murdoch, while his first wife was Patricia Booker.

Hall, one of four daughters, moved to Paris to pursue her modelling career aged just 16.

She met The Rolling Stones frontman, and the couple wed in 1990 in Bali. But their marriage was later disputed since it was not properly conducted, and was subsequently shown to be invalid.

The pair have four children together and parted after 23 years.

Published: Saturday 5th March 2016 by The News Editor

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